This is one of my favorite recipes to make.  When I wake up in the AM I love to nibble on something while enjoying my first cup of coffee.  I love making granola because you can do so many things with each batch. Sometimes I add dark chocolate chips, sometimes I add dried fruit and sometimes I just add nuts and seeds. Here is one of my favorite recipes.  Sometimes I make these in little muffin paper cups, sometimes I make this and just crumble it up and store it in an airtight container as a loose granola and sometimes I make bars ( see below ) It really depends on my mood lol.  I can not tolerate oats very well so I use Buckwheat Groats often instead. This recipe is adapted from the Oh She Glows Cookbook. One of my favorites!!!

All in the Balance Granola Bars
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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats or Buckwheat Groats 
  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate brown rice crisp cereal
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Line 9-inch square pan with parchment paper and set aside. If you are doing muffin cups just place your paper cups in your muffin pan. If you are doing a loose granola you can use the 9 inch pan and just have an airtight container handy to store it in.

In a large bowl, mix together oats or buckwheat groats, rice cereal, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Give it a good toss. Next mix in the brown rice syrup, vanilla and peanut or almond butter. I put all of it in the food mixer and let it mix together well. The original recipe calls for cooking the syrup and butter on low for a few minutes then adding it to the mixture. I found it is tastier the other way but you can try it both ways and see for yourself.

Gluten Free Granola Bites
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Once it is all mixed together how you proceed depends on how you want to devour these beauties. If you are making bars then put all of the mixture into the parchment lined pan and push down so it is all nice and packed in. Place them in the freezer for at least an hour then cut. I would store them in the freezer or the refrigerator.

If you are making bites then get an ice scream scooper (I use this one for EVERYTHING) and scoop a golf ball size out and put them in the liners.You can give them a pat down so they fit in the liners nicely. Place them in the freezer for at least and hour. I would store them in the freezer or the refrigerator.

If you are making loose granola then just pour it into the pan and take a spoon to break it up. Place the pan in the freezer for at least an hour but go in and use your spoon to break it up every fifteen minutes.. You can store this in an airtight container in the pantry or on your counter. 

Get creative with what you add into this recipe. Dried fruit is always a winner, different seeds, or maybe maple syrup instead of peanut/almond butter. The kitchen is yours to explore. Let me know how they come out. I am enjoying one now.  

Gluten Free Granola Bars
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