Monday, October 27, 2014

Gluten Free Energy Bars~ Secret Recipe Club

These deliciously sweet, chewy and crunchy energy bars, are way better than store bought.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Gluten Free Energy Bars~ Secret Recipe Club

It's time for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal! Wait, What?!? Didn't I just post a SRC recipe a few week's ago? I sure did, but this time, I volunteered to fill in for a blogger, at the last minute. This time I was asked to make a recipe from Bean's blog; Without Adornment. Bean graduated from University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and she enjoys cooking/baking and photography. Her blog is full of gorgeous photos, from her travels and delicious recipes.

Secret Recipe Club

When I went over to check out Bean's blog, at first I was a little worried. This blog is full of delicious Gluten Free, and sometimes other allergen free recipes. So, I wasn't sure I'd be able to find something I could make with what I had in my kitchen. I was gladly surprised though, when browsing the recipes, to find many naturally gluten free recipes, that anyone could make. I knew any baked good would be difficult, since I couldn't get to the store for gluten free flours. So I quickly chose a few recipes like Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Muffins, Chickpea Salad, Grilled Ginger Beets with Goat Cheese and Sauteed Beet Greens and these Energy Bars

Since I was pressed on time and natural light (curse you fall and winter!), I decided to go with the Energy Bars, since they seemed like the quickest to make. I did change a few of the ingredients, like using peanut butter, rather than almond butter and using oats. I added in nuts we enjoy and that I had on hand and added in chocolate, because well I've been craving chocolate for a few days now and trying to be good, LOL. These energy bars were so easy to put together and I let them chill while I folded a load of laundry. They are chewy, with delicious crunchy nuts scattered throughout. The chocolate makes them a little more indulgent. The kids flipped over these and I think I will try to make a peanut/tree nut free version using sun butter, and sunflower seeds, and pepitas, so that the kids could bring some to school.

Hun... What's for Dinner? Gluten Free Energy Bars~ Secret Recipe Club

Gluten Free Energy Bars
adapted from Without Adornment 

1/3 C honey
2 Tbs dark brown sugar
1/3 C creamy peanut butter
1/4 C roasted salted cashews, chopped
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
1/4 C raisins
2 C quick cooking Gluten Free oats
2 Tbs ground flax seeds
1/3 C semi sweet chocolate chips

Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. 

In a small sauce pot, bring the honey and sugar to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved; about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Measure out the peanut butter, into a mixing bowl. To the bowl add the hot honey and whisk until smooth. Add the oats, ground flax seeds, nuts and raisins, mixing well to combine. Let cool slightly before adding in the chocolate chips. 

Pour into the parchment lined baking dish and press down evenly. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set, before cutting. 

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JJ - 84thand3rd said...

What decadent little snack bites! Lovely pick for SRC :)

withoutadornment said...

Yummy! I'm glad that you liked them! I love how you took this recipe and changed it to suit your needs!
I'm with you on the lack of light in the fall/winter - it really cramps my food photography. :-P
Happy SRC Reveal Day!

SallyBR said...

I really want to make bars at home at some point, as I find the ones at the grocery store usually too sweet

nice choice for your assignment.... I totally understand busy times, they can be hard to face, but.... FUN in some twisted way too ;-)

April J Harris said...

I really like the look of these energy bars, Cindy. They sound delicious. Although we don't have to avoid gluten I am trying to cut down on it so this recipe is perfect for us!

Rebekah Hills said...

Oh yumm! These look like a PERFECT lunch box or after school snack, and easy to "mix and match" to personal tastes and preferences. Yumm!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious said...

Dense and chewy...just the way I like 'em!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

A lot of times when I try to make homemade granola bars, they come out crumbly... but these look PERFECT!! And yummy too! I will definitely have to try these!

Karen Kerr said...

These look great. I sometimes cringe at 'gluten free" too because of all of the specialty ingredients, but these look tasty.

Wendy Klik said...

They look delicious and I am sure they are MUCH better than those you buy already prepared.

Christie Campbell said...

These look perfect for a nice fall hike. I will have to whip up a batch before our next adventure.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

I definitely need to make a batch of these. Great for those snack treats, but perfect also for those mornings when I need breakfast on the run.

mealplanmaven said...

I love everything about this healthy treat and plan to make them very soon!

Del's cooking twist said...

I love healthy recipe and this one is just perfect! Thanks!

Melissa @ Fried Ice and Donut Holes said...

I've been wanting to give a homemade granola bar recipe a try for a while, and this one seems like the perfect one. Great pick this month :)

Michelle Meche said...

Hahaha! I'm not too keen on this disappearing natural light either. I've always been iffy about gluten free recipes bc I don't have the flours needed--or access to them. I'm glad you were able to find something you could make with what you had. They look good and goodness knows I can always use energy!