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Homemade Gluten Free Energy Bars

Tired of spending so much money on Energy Bars? These deliciously sweet and chewy energy bars, are way better than store bought and so easy to make at home.





Energy Bars are part of my busy routine. When I'm off to work, I throw a few protein bars, or energy bars into my bag, for a quick snack, if I can't quite get lunch into me. BUT buying enough energy bars to last me a month as work, can get quite expensive. So I decided to try and tackle making some on my own.

My first decision was to use natural peanut butter. I also thought almond butter would be great, but didn't have any on hand. I went with oats, because I always have some on hand. Oats are some of the healthiest grains out there. They contain antioxidants, help keep blood sugars low and are filling. Nuts for protein and healthy oils and of course chocolate, because well I've been craving chocolate for a few days now and trying to be good, LOL. These energy bars were so easy to put together and I let them chill while I folded a load of laundry. They are chewy, with delicious crunchy nuts scattered throughout. The chocolate makes them a little more indulgent. The kids flipped over these! You could easily make a peanut/tree nut free version using sun butter, and sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, so that the kids could bring some to school.






Homemade Gluten Free Energy Bars


1/3 C honey
2 Tbs dark brown sugar
1/3 C natural peanut butter
1/4 C roasted salted cashews, chopped
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
1/4 C raisins
2 C quick cooking Gluten Free oats
2 Tbs ground flax seeds
1/3 C semi sweet chocolate chips

Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. 

In a small sauce pot, bring the honey and sugar to a boil. Boil until sugar is dissolved; about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Measure out the peanut butter, into a mixing bowl. To the bowl add the hot honey and whisk until smooth. Add the oats, ground flax seeds, nuts and raisins, mixing well to combine. Let cool slightly before adding in the chocolate chips. 

Pour into the parchment lined baking dish and press down evenly. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to set, before cutting. 


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