GFCF (& Nut Free!) Granola Bars

by Misty

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Remember how I was whining about the nut-free snack rule at my kids’ school a few days ago? Well, I have just the recipe to solve that problem, and it meets my biggest criteria for snack time: gluten free, casein free, high protein, energy building. This recipe uses seeds instead of nuts, which is fine by me because seeds are PACKED with nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, omega 3’s, fiber and tons more. There’s a touch of sweetness to win the hearts of children everywhere, but not so much to make a mother cringe. A major bonus is that these bars are simple to make and can be endlessly modified to suit your family’s tastebuds.  

So, without further ado:

Fruit & Seed Granola Bars

Ingredients:

– 1-1/4 cups GF quick oats

– 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

– 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

– 2 tbsp hemp seeds (or flax or chia)

– 3/4 cup dried fruit of choice (we used cranberries and raisins)

– 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut shreds or flakes

– 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

– 1/3 cup honey

– 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or nut butter of choice if your school allows)

– pinch of sea salt

Method: 

– Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

– In a food processor, combine the first 7 ingredients until ground fine (it’s okay if it’s a bit chunky too).

– Add the honey and sunflower seed butter and pulse until smooth.

– Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper.

– Sprinkle with sea salt.

– Bake for 20-25 minutes until just starting to brown around edges.

– Remove from oven and let cool before cutting with a sharp knife.

– Enjoy!!!

Tip: Break 1/2 cup into granola and pack with a GFCF yogurt as a GFCF lunchbox treat or for a quick breakfast. 

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