Gluten free breakfast bars are the perfect start to the day. Add your favorite dried fruit and they are sure to keep you satisfied till lunch!
Easy Gluten Free Breakfast Bars
Everyone loves a good hearty breakfast, but between my one year old running around and everyone trying to get ready in the morning, that pretty picturesque breakfast rarely happens. Lately we have fallen into a gluten free frozen waffle slump. Now, I have nothing against frozen waffles (we like the ones from Trader Joe’s, they are only 1.99 a box!), but it isn’t exactly healthy.Easy, healthy, refined sugar and gluten free, these Breakfast Bars are sure to please!… Click To Tweet
My dad had been looking for healthy breakfast alternatives as well and had been making different types of oatmeal cookies. It got me thinking,
Could I make a healthier version of my Busy Mom’s Monster Cookie Bars?
Turns out I can! With just a few simple replacement ingredients and a secret ingredient to boost up the nutritional value, my family now has a quick, easy and delicious breakfast that didn’t require slaving away in the kitchen.
A few tips.
I did a couple of things to make these healthier than my cookies. I switched out the sweetened peanut butter for one that was just peanuts and salt, added a banana (which you don’t even taste), used maple syrup in place of vanilla, and added heaps of dried cranberries (plus a bit of dark chocolate) and most importantly, I used coconut sugar instead of refined sugar (and used less of it).
Since these are breakfast bars, the goal was not to make them to sweet. These gluten free breakfast bars are very versatile, you can really add whatever dried fruit you like, and the chocolate is up to you. My husband loves dark chocolate, personally it gives me a migraine so I stay away from it.
Before we get to the recipe, a couple of key notes:
- In order for these to be gluten free you MUST use gluten free oats. If you are looking for certified gluten-free oats there are only a handful of companies in which they are certified. You can find the list here. Other companies do have gluten free oats, but they are not certified. Use your best judgement.
- When adding dried fruit and/or chocolate, read the label to make sure it is gluten free. Also, keep in mind, that if there is sugar added to the fruit or chocolate, these breakfast bars may not be as healthy, though I am sure they will taste good!
- In order to make these peanut free, use your favorite nut butter or sun butter!
That’s all folks! Enjoy your breakfast and if you try these, be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened gluten free peanut butter
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup or vanilla
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 eggs
- 5 cups gluten free oats (not instant)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 1/2 cup gluten free dark chocolate (if desired)
- Cream together butter, peanut butter and coconut sugar.
- Stir in banana, maple syrup, and eggs.
- Stir in gluten free oats and baking soda.
- Stir in dried fruits and chocolate.
- Spread into a 9 x13 pan.
- Bake at 325 for 35 minutes.
- Cool completely and cut into bars.
- Wrap individually. Refrigeration is not required, but will help them last longer :).