The recipe for these bars came out of the need to find a healthier alternative to the sugar-laden granola bars that you find in the grocery store that are essentially devoid of nutrients and could actually be considered glorified candy bars. So, over the last few months, I've been tinkering around. This bar recipe is the result of my efforts - it has good flavor (but isn't overly sweet) with a slightly chewy texture. And my daughter approves of it. Another bonus: these bars are nearly allergen-free! I used gluten-free flour (although you could use regular unbleached wheat) and there are no eggs or dairy to be found! It does have peanut butter (obviously) but you could use another nut butter instead.
1/4 cup ground chia seeds (about 2 tablespoons whole)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup gluten-free flour (I used King Arthur Glutenfree Multi-Purpose Flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Yield: 16 bars
Serving Size: 1 bar
Allergen Info: contains peanuts
Recipe by Michelle Baglio of Optimal Nutrition and Health (Google+). All recipes, unless otherwise noted, are created and tested in my home kitchen. Any resemblance to other recipes available in print or online is purely coincidental. The use of particular brands and/or products is sometimes noted because of their quality and the use of other products, while similar, may affect the outcome of the finished dish. Please do not reprint this recipe for distribution without my permission. To feature this recipe on your website, please link to this post as the original source.
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