Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pumpkin Granola Bars



Finding gluten and dairy free granola bars in the store that don't break the bank is a joke! Sure there are some to pick from, and some taste pretty good too, but one box with 6 granola bars inside cost way too much money!! You can make them at home for less cost and no yucky preservatives in them. And you get way more for the cost!! Win, win! I have been looking around the web and trying some different ones, some work well and some don't. This one is a favorite in our house and they stay together pretty well. I found it here at My Whole Food Life. The only thing I had to change was use pear sauce instead of apple sauce since I can't eat apple. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups gluten free oats
  • 1/2 Cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened apple sauce (I use pear sauce)
  •  1/3 Cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 Heaping tsp Cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg 
  • 1/4 tsp Salt 
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda 
  • 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract 




Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In one bowl mix all dry ingredients. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients. Combine the two and make sure its all really well coated. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and push down the mixture really well with a piece of the parchment paper. Make sure to push it down well so it stays together when you cut it into bars. Bake for 20-25 minutes, let cool all the way before cutting into bars. Store in an air tight container, I put ours in the fridge. 




Enjoy! They make a great snack to send to school! Piglet requests these for her morning snack at school and I am happy to pack such a healthy snack that will help her keep focused at school! Yay for brain food!

A note: Trader Joes is a great place to purchase gluten free oats and also the pear sauce. The oats come in a large bag and are inexpensive and the pear sauce comes in pack of 6 individual cups. 


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