Gluten-Free Granola Bars

home made gluten-free granola bars stacked in a pyramid.

Gluten-Free Granola Bars: Are you looking for the best gluten-free breakfast bars recipe on the planet?  Have you been searching high and low for  the perfect, nutritious, easy to make, grab and go bar that you can toss in the kids’ lunch, or your purse or pocket so you have a tasty, good for you gluten-free snack for breakfast, or an afternoon pick-me-up with your tea or coffee?  Well, Naturally Gluten-Free has you covered.

But first, let’s talk a bit about gluten-free granola bars in general.

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About Gluten-Free Granola Bars

Are Gluten-Free Granola Bars Healthy?

If you and I have been hanging out for any length of time you know how I’ll answer this one - it depends.  As with any granola bar or any snack for that matter, there is often a lot of sugar involved.  If you are getting mostly whole real food (nuts, grains, seeds, fruit) and minimal sugar or processed ingredients then yes, your gluten-free granola bars are healthy.  If they are sweetened with a natural sweetener like honey, even better. 

What’s So Great About Gluten-Free Granola Bars?

They're healthy (check the ingredients)

They're small and super portable

They're slightly sweet and taste great

They're  easy to make

You don’t have to skip breakfast, even if you’re in a hurry

They’re awesome with coffee

You can get your chocolate fix

gluten-free granola bar sticking out of mans rear pocket.
gluten-free granola bar sticking out the top of a purse.

You can find them in most corner stores or supermarkets, so if you forgot to pack a snack you can source them easily.

Can I Buy Healthy Gluten-Free Granola Bars?

As always, read your labels to ensure that you are getting healthy ingredients as outlined above.  If so, you’re good to go. 

I’ve brainstormed some popular brands for you.

two stacked boxes of Kind bars with a single bar on top.

Kind bars are my favorite.  They are made with big chunks of nuts and seeds; a good variety of flavors and they taste great.  I love the sea salt and dark chocolate.

Some other popular brands that you’ll likely find in your local supermarket include:

  • Annie’s
  • Nature Valley
  • Made Good
  • Z-Bar
  • Enjoy Life
  • Larabars

Always check the labels.  Some of these brands also carry granola bars that aren’t gluten-free.

The Recipe

My Naturally Gluten-Free Grab and Go Gluten-Free Granola Bars Recipe

Home made gluten-free granola bars wrapped in plastic wrap spilling out of a large ziploc bag.

I make these tasty gluten free granola bars often and keep them individually wrapped in the fridge to grab and go anytime we need a handy snack.  Kids and Hubby love them.  

The recipe makes 32 bars,

NGF Tip:

Keep these gluten-free granola bars in the fridge for a couple of weeks or you can freeze them in packs of 8 and pull them out as needed.


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Ingredients:

2 c gluten-free oatmeal

2 c gluten-free Rice Krispies*

2 c walnuts chopped

3 c dried fruit (your choice, try different ones: apricots, cherries, cranberries, currants,dates)

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

4 eggs**

2/3 c honey**

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 c mini semi sweet chocolate chips

gluten-free granola bar ingredients

*Kellog’s Brown Rice, Rice Krispies used to be certified gluten-free.  Now in some areas they are not.  If there is no gluten-free claim on the label then go to the health-food or specialty food section of your supermarket and look for another brand of crispy rice cereal.

**You can make these bars gluten-free and vegan by substituting flax eggs for the eggs and corn syrup for the honey.

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°  F

Lightly grease a 9"x13" baking dish with coconut oil

Place oats, cereal, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, salt in food processor and pulse until the fruit is about the size of a pea.

listed ingredients in food processor.

In a large bowl whisk together the honey, eggs, vanilla. 

metal mixing bowl with whisk mixing honey, eggs, vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients from the food processor and the chocolate chips. 

spatula mixing the ingredients together.

Mix.  Pour into the baking pan and flatten out with a spatula.

gluten-free granola bars in the pan, ready for the oven.

Bake for about 25 min or until the edges start to brown

Cool in the pan then slice and wrap

gluten-free granola bars sliced on a wooden board.

Tip: To cut into 32 pieces, cut the pan in quarters.  Then cut each quarter in half.  Then cut each eighth in half and so on til you've divided the quarter into eight.  Continue with the other quarters and you'll have 32 perfect bars.

diagram showing how to slice the pan of bars into 32.

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