Are you tired of feeling sluggish in the morning? Do you want a healthy breakfast option that you can grab on-the-go? Look no further than these gluten-free breakfast bars! As a nutritionist and food blogger, I am always looking for ways to create nutritious and delicious recipes. These breakfast bars are packed with wholesome ingredients like oats, sunflower seeds, peanut butter, and raisins. Plus, they are free from gluten and dairy, making them perfect for those with dietary restrictions or preferences.
Not only are these bars easy to make, but they are also versatile. They can be made ahead of time and stored for a quick breakfast during a busy week or enjoyed as a mid-day snack. You can even switch up the recipe by adding your favorite ingredients such as dark chocolate chips or blueberries.
Trust me when I say that these bars will become a staple in your household. Delicious, healthy, and convenient – what more could you ask for? So, let’s get started on making these amazing gluten-free breakfast bars!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Do you often find yourself rushing out the door in the morning without grabbing a nutritious breakfast? Look no further than these delicious gluten-free breakfast bars!
What’s not to love about a hearty and healthy breakfast that you can grab-and-go? With a combination of rolled oats, sunflower seeds, raisins, and peanut butter, these bars are packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein. And the best part: they’re gluten-free and dairy-free, so they can accommodate a wide range of dietary needs.
But just because they’re nutritious doesn’t mean they lack in flavor. With hints of cinnamon and vanilla extract, these bars are bursting with deliciously warm flavors that will make your taste buds dance.
As an added bonus, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. It only requires one bowl and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. Plus, with just a handful of ingredients that you likely already have on hand, there’s no excuse not to try it out.
So whether you need to fuel up before a busy day or just want something quick and tasty for breakfast or a mid-day snack, these gluten-free breakfast bars have got you covered. Give them a try – your body (and your taste buds) will thank you!
Making these bars gluten-free is easy with oat flour, certified gluten-free oats, and rice syrup. This recipe uses a combination of peanut butter and seed butter, but you can use any nut butter you like. The flax seeds give the bars a nutritional boost, and raisins add natural sweetness. Here are all the ingredients you need to make these chewy gluten-free breakfast bars:
1 1/2 cups of certified gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of oat flour (you can make this by blending rolled oats in a food processor or blender)
1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup of ground flaxseed
3/4 cup of unsweetened nut milk (such as almond or cashew milk)
1/4 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of sunflower seed butter (or use any other seed/nut butter)
2 tablespoons of rice syrup (if you don’t have rice syrup, honey will also work)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of raisins
You can also add other mix-ins such as chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or chopped nuts.
The Recipe How-To
Now let’s dive into making these gluten-free breakfast bars.
Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:
- 2 cups of gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup of oat flour (you can make this by blending 1 and 1/3 cups of rolled oats until fine)
- ⅓ cup of quick-cooking oats
- ¼ cup of raisins (optional)
- ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- ½ cup of peanut butter or your favorite nut or seed butter
- ⅓ cup of melted coconut oil or another neutral-tasting oil
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray or coconut oil and set it aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat flour, quick-cooking oats, raisins (if using), sunflower seeds, sea salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the peanut butter, melted coconut oil, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract together until they’re well combined.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture in the large mixing bowl and mix until everything is fully combined.
Pour the batter into your greased pan and use a spatula to spread it evenly throughout the pan.
Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
Once done baking, remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting them into 9 bars.
Store these gluten-free breakfast bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or you can freeze them for later.
These homemade gluten-free breakfast bars are perfect for those mornings when you’re in a hurry and need something healthy to grab and go.
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to making these gluten-free breakfast bars, there are plenty of substitutions and variations to try out. One overarching tip is to experiment with different kinds of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to make the bars your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
– Nut butter swaps: If you don’t have peanut butter on hand, feel free to substitute almond or cashew butter for a bit of variation in flavor.
– Different jams: While strawberry jam is delicious in these breakfast bars, you could also try blueberry, raspberry, or blackberry jam for some variety.
– Seed butters: If you’re looking to make these bars nut-free, try using sunflower seed butter in place of peanut butter.
– Gluten-free oats: While we recommend using certified gluten-free oats for this recipe, you could also substitute with other gluten-free grains like quinoa or brown rice.
– Dried fruit swaps: Swap out the raisins for dried cranberries or chopped dates for a different flavor profile.
– Chocolate chips: Add in some dark chocolate chips for an extra decadent twist.
Remember that with each substitution and variation comes a different taste and texture profile. So feel free to experiment and share what works best for you!
Serving and Pairing
I love to enjoy these gluten-free breakfast bars as a quick and healthy breakfast or snack. They’re perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have time to sit down and eat a full meal. You can grab one of these bars on your way out the door and have a satisfying and energizing snack to keep you going throughout the day.
These bars pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or tea. With the sweetness from the raisins and brown sugar, they complement a bitter coffee or herbaceous tea very well.
Another serving idea is to serve them alongside fresh fruit such as berries or sliced apples. This adds some extra nutrients to your meal and complements the flavor of the breakfast bar.
You can also chop up the bars and toss them in a bowl with yogurt for an added protein boost! This makes for a great post-workout snack or even dessert.
Ultimately, there are endless possibilities when it comes to serving and pairing these gluten-free breakfast bars. Get creative and find what works best for you!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Now that you’ve made these wonderful gluten-free breakfast bars, it’s time to talk about storing and reheating them. These bars are perfect for busy mornings, as they can be made ahead of time and stored, ready to grab and go when you’re rushing out the door.
To store your bars, simply place them in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When reheating, you have several options. If you prefer a cold bar, you can simply take it out of storage and eat it as is. For a warm and crispy bar, simply pop it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds or in a toaster oven until warm.
It’s important to note that if you choose to freeze your bars, they may become slightly softer when thawed. If this happens, simply pop them in the oven or toaster oven to crisp them up again.
Now that you know how easy it is to store and reheat these gluten-free breakfast bars, there’s no excuse not to whip up a batch today! Perfect for a healthy breakfast on-the-go or an afternoon snack, these bars are sure to become a staple in your kitchen.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you have your gluten-free breakfast bars ready to bake, let’s talk about some tips to ensure that they come out perfect.
1. Use certified gluten-free oats
It’s important to use oats that are certified gluten-free to ensure that they haven’t been cross-contaminated with wheat or other gluten-containing grains during processing. Look for oats that are labeled “gluten-free” or “certified gluten-free.”
2. Don’t overmix the batter
Overmixing the batter can result in tough, dense bars. Mix the ingredients just until they are combined, and avoid overworking the dough.
3. Line your pan with parchment paper
Lining your pan with parchment paper will make it easier to remove the bars from the pan, and will prevent them from sticking. It also makes cleanup a breeze!
4. Press down firmly on the batter
The more tightly you pack down the batter in the pan, the denser and chewier your bars will be. Using a flat surface, like a spatula, press down firmly on the batter before baking.
5. Let them cool completely before cutting
It can be tempting to cut into your bars right away when they’re fresh out of the oven – but hold off! Allowing them to cool completely before cutting will help them hold their shape better.
With these simple tips, you’ll be able to create perfect gluten-free breakfast bars every time. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try different variations using ingredients like peanut butter, raisins, or sunflower seeds!
In conclusion, these gluten-free breakfast bars are sure to become a staple in your meal prep routine. With their healthy ingredients and delicious taste, they make the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack. Plus, they are easy to make and can be tailored to suit your tastes and dietary needs. By using substitutions and variations like different seeds and fruit, you can create a variety of flavors to keep things interesting. So give these bars a try – your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!
Gluten Free Breakfast Bars Recipe
- 1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup raisins
- In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda.
- In a large bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla.
- Stir dry ingredients into wet.
- Mix in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and raisins.
- Grease an 8×8 baking dish with grapeseed oil.
- Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly.
- Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
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