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Monday, April 2, 2018

Chocolate Chip Gluten-Free Homemade Granola Bars

One of the recipes I’m most proud of on this blog is the Chewy Chocolate Chip Homemade Granola Bar recipe. I love those granola bars and everyone I’ve ever shared them with loves them. I’ve tried different flavors, but we always come back to chocolate chips. The original recipe is best! However, for reasons I will describe below, I recently developed a recipe for gluten-free homemade granola bars based on that wonderful original recipe, which I will share with you today!

Recipe for Gluten-Free Homemade Granola Bars with Chocolate Chips from This Week for Dinner

Over the last few weeks I’ve had to clean up my eating and do some elimination diet stuff. (FUN TIMES!) The adjustments to my diet prompted me to modify my granola bar recipe in two ways: take out the wheat and reduce the amount of sugar. The recipe below is the gluten-free version of my original granola bar recipe and each bar contains about 3 grams less sugar than the original recipe, going from 13-14 grams added sugar per bar to about 11 grams.

What the gluten-free homemade granola bars will look like when formed into shape on the pan

This recipe tastes almost the same as the original, it’s just a little less chewy and a little more crispy. But not by much. I am perfectly happy with the modifications to this recipe and would use either recipe just as happily! Also, for those of you who do not need the bars to be gluten free, you can use all-purpose flour, which basically will make these a lower-sugar version of the original.

I have created a second modified version of these bars that has even less sugar, Homemade Chocolate Granola Bars (click here to see the recipe). The chocolate granola bars have only about 8 grams of sugar per bar and they taste great! But if you are wanting chocolate chips, here is the recipe for Chocolate Chip Gluten-Free Homemade Granola Bars!

Chocolate Chip Gluten-Free Homemade Granola Bars
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 4 cups rolled old-fashioned oats (make sure label says gluten free)
  • 1 cup brown crisped rice cereal
  • ½ cup shredded or flaked unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ cup oat flour (make sure label says gluten free)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Generous ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Combine oats, crisped rice, coconut, oat flour, brown sugar, chocolate chips and salt. Mix well.
  3. Combine coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Whisk well. Add to dry ingredients and mix well. (Stir. Stir some more. Keep stirring!)
  4. Line a large cooke sheet with parchment paper. Pour granola bar mixture onto the lined cookie sheet. Press mixture out into a large, uniform rectangle, about 9" x 13" (which will be smaller than the pan, you are not pushing the granola all the way to the edges to fill the pan). It is easiest to form the rectangle if your hands are wet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate pan and bake for 14-15 more minutes.
  6. Cool completely before cutting. Cut into 24 bars, 8 rows x 3 columns.
Notes
The coconut oil can be solid or liquid - whatever it happens to be sitting in your cupboard is fine!
If you do not need these to be gluten free, regular all-purpose flour can be substituted for oat flour with the same measurement.

 


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