These Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Bars are one of the easiest and yummiest snack bars! Just 10 minutes prep, then they bake to perfection -- a golden, crackly top, a soft n' chewy center and best flavor! Perfect for anytime snacking or dessert! Oat-free optional! Nut-free optional!
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Update January 2023: I have been asked for an oat-free option and this recipe works beautifully using an oat-free granola of your choice. I recently made them with a paleo granola and they were unreal!
These Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Bars are of the easiest and yummiest snack bars!
It is a family recipe made gluten-free and it’s so yummy!
My mother used to make these bars a lot growing up and for some reason, I had never made it gluten-free…. so happy I finally did! They taste even better than I remembered!
They have a golden, crackly top,soft and chewy center.
And the flavor is fabulous!
So let’s make them!
Before we get to the ingredients, I want to point out that there is a cooking video on this page so you can see how easy they are to make.
And as with all our recipes, there is a printable recipe with exact measurements and directions at the bottom of the page.
gluten-free all purpose flour (with xanthan gum) (we used GFJules, affiliate link)
flax seed meal (adds extra nutrients but doesn’t impact taste!)
butter or dairy-free butter
walnuts (skip if allergic or substitute another nut of choice)
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AND a note about oats... Oats are a naturally gluten-free grain but they are contaminated via cross contact with wheat, barley and rye during the growing and processing process.
So always look for gluten-free oats, preferably certified gluten free oats, and look for gluten-free granola using gluten-free oats
Continuing the conversation on oats.… back when my son was first diagnosed with celiac disease, gluten-free oats were mostly grown via a process known as purity protocol. In recent years, gluten-free oats have also been processed through amanufacturing process known as “sorting”. There is much controversy about sorting versus purity protocol oats. For more information I’m linking articles by GF Jules and by Gluten-Free Watchdog.
Also, some people with celiac diseases don’t tolerate oats so please do what ‘s best for you and your health.
These Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Bars are one of the easiest and yummiest snack bars! Just 10 minutes prep, then they bake to perfection -- a golden, crackly top, a soft n' chewy center and best flavor! Perfect for anytime snacking or dessert!
½cupchopped walnutsor substitute unsalted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds to make nut-free.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper such that the paper hangs over the edges or is tucked inside. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, egg, vanilla extract and melted butter and mix to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine granola, flour, baking powder and salt using a whisk, fork or spoon. Note: if granola is super chunky you can break some pieces by hand or in a food processor to make less chunky but some "chunks" are completely fine!
Add blended dry ingredients and chopped walnuts to the wet ingredients, and mix well.
Spoon mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake 30 minutes, checking at 25 minutes and covering loosely with foil if the top is set and golden but the center still needs to cook a few more minutes. Top will look a bit crinkly like brownies.
Cool and cut into squares. Enjoy!
Store in an air tight container at room temperature for several days.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...