Foodie Fave: Homemade Gluten-Free Granola Bars

A new addition to my diet, my cabinets are now stocked with sweet dried fruit, nut loving granola goodness on a weekly basis. This profoundly simple recipe, birthed during Hurricane Irene (honestly, what else to do while stuck inside for days but cook?) has become a kitchen staple.

One recipe makes approximately 34 bars  (ranging from $0.50 to $0.70 each)

A plus? They’re gluten-free, made only with ingredients easy to pronounce aka no artificial flavors or corn syrup!

As you can see, the ingredients have slightly evolved from the first batch. It’s a lot of fun to experiment with your own tasty combinations so feel free to tailor bars to your individual preference. Let your imagination run wild!

The Basic Ingredients:

1 cup honey
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

Batch One: Ree’s Kitchen Hurricane Granola Bars

What we added (in addition to the basic ingredients above):

About 3-4 cups each:

Udi’s gluten-free granola & coco puffed rice cereal

1 cup of each: chocolate chips x 2,  dried cranberries, raisins, peanut butter chocolate chips, almonds, dried coconut, peanut

Batch Two: Coco Freeze Dried (Ba) Nanas

About 3-4 cups each:

Udi’s gluten-free granola & coco puffed rice cereal

1 -2 cups: chocolate chips, dried coconut, raisins, freeze-dried bananas

Freeze dried bananas are healthier and more chewy than banana chips! Find them in whole foods.

Batch Three: Sweet N’ Salty Bars

4 cups of Udi’s gluten-free granola

1 -2 cups: freeze-dried bananas, raisins, dates, peanuts & cashews (chopped in food processor), a bit of coconut sprinkled on top, chocolate chips added later so the chocolate did not melt. Success!

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