As part of my eating better thing, I realised I needed to make myself some yummy breakfast/snack food. I have a few challenges to face - no gluten, no dairy, anaphylactic allergy to almonds. That last one makes it very very hard to buy any sort of granola or granola bars. I also am trying to reduce sugar and fats, and most of those are quite high in that as well. But... I still want something tasty dammit!
I went on a massive search for a granola bar recipe I liked. The winner was Smitten Kitchen's gluten free granola bar recipe
Then, in typical Dee style, I changed about half of it.
2/3 cups quick rolled oats (if gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free oats)
1 cup Quinoa puffs (protein not a carb, and gluten free!)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup oats processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Approx 3 cups dried fruits and nuts
I used - 3/4+ cup dried cranberries, 3/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds, 3/4 cup toasted pepitas, 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut and 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
3 tablespoons applesauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon water
Then follow the directions on the smitten kitchen website. I will say that it only needs about 25 minutes in the oven and to make sure that you don't spread it too thin or you'll get crunchy burnt edges. Which in themselves are still yummy, but are not granola bars. Also I recommend the chilling them in the fridge before cutting method.
THEY ARE YUMMY. You will likely want to eat them all.
Now for the bad iphone pics