Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Squares

Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Squares

We spend a lot of time traveling or out in nature. We like to have a (somewhat) healthy snack on hand and we like to not spend (way too much) money on the junk you find in the store. My most recent solution has been baking these gluten-free chewy granola squares.

They do contain sugar, so unless you’re pretty active you don’t want to be eating these all the time. You can vary the types and amounts of nutrients you’re getting, by varying your “add-ins.” So, if you want more of a dessert, throw in the chocolate chips. If you want a healthier snack, stick with nuts and sugar-free dried fruit.

Either way, this recipe is simple to make and always tastes great!

Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Squares

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups butter or palm shortening, softened
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar or palm sugar
  • 1-2 cups of add-ins — you can vary your add-ins to vary the “healthy level” of your bars by choosing things like miniature dark chocolate chips, carob chips, raisins, craisins, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, and/or chopped nuts

Note: If you’re not worried about gluten, you can use regular instead of gluten-free flour.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter or shortening, maple syrup, and sugar. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Gently stir in the 1-2 cups of add-ins.
  4. Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. It can be kind of hard to tell when the granola is “golden brown” so err on the side of caution as the bars will harden as they cool and you don’t want them too hard.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into bars. The mixture will still be slightly soft and it will make bar-ification easier.
  7. Let the bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving. They should be crusty out on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Squares