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No-Bake Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Nothing beats a no-bake recipe! I mean, does it get any easier?

I was heading into a meeting the other day and well, of course, I just had to bring something for everyone to munch on. I have a really hard time showing up to things empty handed, and so these bars were the perfect meeting snack!

And I should probably mention that I hadn’t recipe tested them before bringing them to the meeting, so everyone essentially became my guinea pig. And they were totally fine with that! I mean, who doesn’t love free food?

You can get really creative with this recipe and add or take out whatever ingredients you like! Some delicious additions would be dried cherries or blueberries, or even goji berries. If you want them a little less sweet, leave out the chocolate chips. As for the binder, I used rainforest butter. 

If you haven’t tried this delicious nut butter yet, you are missing out. It’s a blend of cashew, brazil nut and coconut and it is deeeelish! Alternatively, you can use almond butter or even peanut butter. Regardless, any nut or seed butter would work well. 

As with most recipes, nothing beats making them at home. You can control the ingredients that go in and avoid certain things such as: non-gmos, added sugars and preservatives, none of which should belong in a granola bar, let alone any recipe! 

Hope you enjoy these no-bake bars as much as I did. They didn’t last long, as is the case with most of the recipes I bake ๐Ÿ™‚ 

No-Bake Gluten Free Granola Bars
Serves 10
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup packed medjool dates, pitted
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 1/4 cup rainforest butter (or any nut butter you prefer)
  4. 3/4 cup raw nuts (such as pecans and almonds)
  5. 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  6. 1/4 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Brand)
Instructions
  1. Place dates in a food processor and blend until a small ball is formed and dates are well broken up.
  2. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add oats, nuts, and chocolate chips. Stir with a wooden spoon, breaking down the dates so they disperse fairly evenly throughout the ingredients. Small chunks are OK.
  3. Warm maple syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Mix until both are melted and well incorporated.
  4. Pour over dry ingredients. Stir quickly to evenly coat. The chocolate chips will get a little melty, which is fine.
  5. Transfer to a shallow 8x8 brownie pan lined with parchment paper. Use your hands to press mixture into the pan, evenly spreading out across pan. You may need to use a spatula.
  6. Place them in the freezer to set for 15 minutes. Remove and cut into 10-12 bars. Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the fridge to keep fresh, or in the freezer for long term storage.
Notes
  1. *Feel free to add in additional nuts and/or seeds such as chia, flax or pumpkin seeds. Get creative and try out different ingredient pairings.
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars

I am obsessed with all things pumpkin!

Not only is it so good for you, but it tastes amazing. So when I saw the first pumpkin display at Whole Foods last week, I knew my recipe game was on!

I wanted to create something easy to make and ridiculously good! The recipe for my Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars took about 10 minutes to prepare and about half that time to disappear. They were that delicious.

Pumpkin is so much more than just jack-o-lanterns and pie at Thanksgiving. Itโ€™s probably one of those things you eat and donโ€™t even realize all of the good you are doing to your body.

With every bite you take, you are giving your body so much goodness including:

Zinc: you need this for a healthy immune system and this delicious member of the squash family packs a powerful zinc punch.   

Vitamin A:  pumpkin has a ton of Vitamin A! In, fact one cup has over 200% of your recommended daily intake. Vitamin A supports healthy eyes, amazing skin and a healthy heart.

Vitamin C: this antioxidant is important for a healthy immune system and healthy bones. Plus, vitamin C is needed in order to produce collagen, a protein that supports beautiful skin.

I hope you love these as much as we did. You should probably make 2 batches, trust me, they won’t last long!  

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
FOR THE BARS
  1. ยฝ cup creamy almond butter
  2. ยฝ cup organic pumpkin puree
  3. 1/3 cup maple syrup
  4. 2 large, organic eggs
  5. 2 tsp cinnamon
  6. ยฝ tsp ground ginger
  7. ยผ tsp ground nutmeg
  8. ยฝ tsp baking soda
  9. Pinch of sea salt
FOR THE CRUMBLE
  1. ยผ cup finely chopped pistachios
  2. ยผ cup finely chopped almonds
  3. 1/3 cup almond flour
  4. ยฝ tsp ground cinnamon
  5. Pinch of sea salt
  6. 1 tbsp maple syrup
  7. 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted for greasing pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF. Grease an 8x8 inch dish with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond butter, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and eggs.
  3. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda and sea salt. Whisk to combine and pour into the greased baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients until moist and crumbly. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the batter.
  5. Bake in oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and firm. Cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  6. Cut into squares and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *For the crumble, feel free to use your favorite nuts. A good combo would be pecans and walnuts.
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Easiest Protein Bars You’ll Ever Make!

I promise, this is the easiest recipe ever!

I’m always on the lookout for ways to make simple, easy and healthy protein bars as they make for a quick grab and go snack. 

This recipe is great as it requires no baking and very little clean up, which is perfect if you’ve got a kitchen full of hungry little monsters running around!

Feel free to add your own unique twists to the recipe. Dried fruits, cacao nibs, goji berries; these all make for healthy and tasty add ons. I kept my recipe simple with only a handful of ingredients. 

These bars are loaded with healthy fats from almond butter, slow releasing carbs from wheat free rolled oats and the right amount of satiating protein. This combo is perfect for balancing blood sugar levels which will prevent you from reaching for that unhealthy sugary cookie at 3pm!

Enjoy!

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