No Bake, Chewy Granola/Oat Bars

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I have discovered and adapted a super versatile and fast granola bar.  We have made 3 versions now and they are all worth making.  I have been getting a little bored with my breakfasts lately and this has been a terrific, new, and filling choice!

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mmmmm! Choc. with peanut butter and apricot with sun butter and apricot jam! These are so fast and easy it is crazy! I keep a bunch in the freezer and pull them out for breakfast or snacks. Add nut butter to the top and you have a really great filling breakfast! Like a bowl of oatmeal all fancy 🙂

The recipe is mostly oats (gf of course) some kind of dried fruit and some kind of nut or seed (for a little protein).  This recipe is made on the stovetop in about 5 minutes or less!  No baking!

 

The original recipe I found somewhere online.  I unfortunately can’t remember.  But as always I have adapted it to our dietary needs, and flavors. It was a gluten full, sugar crazy, butter laden bar until I got a hold of it!

The basic recipe is something like this.

Fig Newton Style

1 1/2 cups dried figs (cut up with a kitchen scissors into a pot on the stove)

1 Tbs gluten free flour mix (any will work as far as I can tell)

3/4 cup water

1 Tbls chia seeds

Mix these 4 ingredients up in a pot on the stove top while gently heating it.  It will get very thick.  When thick turn off heat and add all the rest of the ingredients as follows

1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup oil or butter of your choice

1/3 cup coconut sugar or sweetener of your choice

2 cups oats (I like 1 cup rolled and 1 cup quick oats but have used every combo and they all work!)

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix it all up in the pan then press into a greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan and cool.  Cut and eat!  This is easily doubled and made in a large baking pan.  I like to make lots and then freeze them for later.  They thaw well and are yummy frozen too.

 

Other favorite options so far

Apricots in place of figs

added walnuts

almond extract instead of vanilla

Serve with a smear of sun butter or almond butter and some apricot preserves!!!!

 

Liesl’s fave

no fruit (yes coconut)

sunflower seeds

chocolate chips (they get all melty unless you wait till a little cooler)

serve with a smear of Peanut butter

 

Trying this next

raisins

cinnamon

ginger

nutmeg

I think it will be like an oatmeal cookie!  I would then add some crushed almonds or smear almond butter on top for some protein.

 

 

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