Monday, April 12, 2010
Delicious Gluten Free Chocolate Energy Bar Recipe
I have a few recipes that are so universally appealing that every time I make them I am asked for the recipe. One is for almond flour scones. Another one is for our family crepe recipe. And a third is my energy bars, which I was kind of shocked to figure out I have not posted about before.
If you are an energy bar fan you are will love these, because, well, they taste a lot better than packaged bars. And if you are not an energy bar fan you will love these because they, well, don't taste like packaged energy bars. They are chocolaty, nutty, sweet without being too sweet, and energizing. Packaged energy bars give me energy but I would rather eat cardboard. My friend, Heidi, made these for my blessingway, two days before I gave birth to my second child last May, and we have been making them regularly ever since. My 3 year old, my hubby, and I, all love them. As do anyone I have ever made them for. AND they are gluten free, IF you use gluten free rice cereal like Erewhon Crispy brown rice or puffed rice cereal(rice krispies are not gluten free because they contain barley malt). Also, oats are gluten free but are often processed in factories with items that contain gluten. Make sure you buy truly gluten free oats.
3/4 cups smooth organic peanut butter
3/4 cups liquid honey
1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Cocoa Camino which is organic and fair trade)
1 1/2 cups organic quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
1 1/4 cups rice crispies (I use brown rice cereal)
1 cups dried cranberries
1 cup sliced almonds
- In a med/large saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey & cocoa and cook over low heat until smooth.
- Remove from heat & stir into the saucepan the oatmeal, cereal, cranberries & almonds. You can use your hands.
- Into a well-buttered 8x8 pan, firmly press the mixture, cover & chill in fridge an hour or two. Cut, eat & enjoy!