Granola bars are one of my favorite snacks to have on hand throughout the day when hunger strikes! They are full of fiber and protein and super convenient. However, have you have taken a look at the ingredient list of your store-bought granola bars?!
For some reason, I have never tried making my own granola bars until now. Maybe I assumed they would require a lot of preparation and ingredients? I was wrong! These granola bars took no time at all and consist of 4 ingredients (5 if you include chocolate chips but those are optional). And you can add whatever optional add-ins your prefer: nuts, seeds, coconut, chia seeds, etc. What’s in these delicious gluten free granola bars?
- GF oats
- peanut butter (or any nut butter!)
- any additional add-ins!
If you have Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy or intolerance, it is especially important to buy gluten free oats. Ones that do not specifically state gluten free are likely to have been cross-contaminated. I used One Degree Gluten Free Sprouted Quick Oats. Why use sprouted oats? Sprouted grains are easier to digest, so if you are prone to tummy troubles, switching to sprouted form of your favorite gluten free grain may provide relief! I buy mine through Thrive Market, where you can find all your favorite gluten free products at seriously discounted prices! Click the image below and you can receive up to $20 in credit towards your purchase! (note: this is the LAST WEEK to use this deal, so act quick if you have been wanting to sign up!)
The second ingredient that I wanted to mention–Taylor Pass Honey. This honey is made in New Zealand, where using antibiotics is prohibited (unlike in the US). So when enjoying Taylor Pass Honey, you will know you are getting a high-quality, antibiotic free, non-gmo, and sustainably made honey. AND its available on Amazon! I have both their Manuka Honey and Honey Selection Box (pictured above: Native Flower Honey and Reserve Manuka Honey) . For the granola bars, you can use manuka honey or regular honey (or half and half). What’s great about using manuka honey? Manuka honey is known for it medicinal properties, giving your food and beverages extra healing benefits.
No back to how to whip up these delicious no-bake granola bars!
Easy, No-Bake Granola Bars
- 1 cup One Degree Gluten Free Sprouted Quick Oats
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/4-1/3 cup Honey
- Warm the peanut butter in a microwave save dish for 30 seconds, stir, then warm for another 30 seconds
- Mix in honey and vanilla
- Lastly, stir in oats
- Add any additional mix-ins (nuts, seeds, chocolate)
- Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, and spread mixture into pan
- Press down mixture until it spreads evenly
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I let mine sit overnight!)
- Remove, slice and enjoy! Store in fridge to maintain freshness.
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