Sugar Free Granola Bars

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Sugar Free and Gluten Free Granola Bars
Sugar Free and Gluten Free Granola Bars

I am always on the lookout for sugar free treats so these sugar free granola bars caught my eye. They also have the added benefit of being gluten free. The bars are tasty and quick and easy to assemble.  It is surprising how fast they disappear around my house.

This recipe originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of ‘Style at Home”.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 – 25 minutes

Total Time: 25 – 30 minutes

Makes:  12 pieces

What You Need

Granola bar ingredients | Sugar Free and Gluten Free Granola Bars
Granola bar ingredients

Ingredients

2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
4 Tbsp warm water
1 cup pumpkin puree*
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (I like walnuts)
1 cup dried fruit, e.g. raisins, cranberries, chopped apricots, etc.
¼ tsp. Salt (if using unsalted nuts)

*Hint — one large can of pumpkin puree contains 3 cups.  I divide the extra puree into 1 cup servings and store in ziploc bags in the freezer for future use.

Pots and Utensils

Large bowl
8 x 10 baking pan
parchment paper

How to Put It Together

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.

2. Line baking pan with parchment paper.

3. Put the flaxseed and salt, if using, into the bowl and mix with the warm water.

4. Add the pumpkin and stir to combine.

5. Add the oats, fruit and nuts and mix together.

Press the granola bar ingredients into the pan | Sugar Free and Gluten Free Granola Bars
Press the granola bar ingredients into the pan

6. Pour the mixture into prepared pan and press well with a wooden spoon.

Cut the granola mixture into squares | Sugar Free and Gluten Free Granola Bars
Cut the granola mixture into squares

7. Score the mixture into 12 pieces with a sharp knife.

8. Bake  for 20 – 25 min, until the edges are slightly brown.

Serve warm or cold | Sugar Free and Gluten Free Granola Bars
Serve warm or cold

Serve warm or cold.  Store in airtight container if they don’t disappear immediately after you make them!

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