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Heavenly Gluten Free-Vegan Soft & Chewy Granola Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour or brown rice
  • 1/3 cup palm sugar much lower glycemic index than cane sugar, about $4-5/pound or brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes or more oats if you don't have them, but totally worth it!
  • 1/4 cup chia meal or flax meal, or any ground seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice I used raisins
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds or other seed of choice
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 chia or flax 'egg' 1 tablespoon meal mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water, let set for a minute or more to gelYou could also use 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup melted coconut oil or light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup - I think honey or agave would work just as well here
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients through the chocolate chips. Pour in the 'egg,' oil, syrup, and vanilla and mix thoroughly with your hands so that all ingredients are moistened and mixed.
  3. Press into the prepared pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes until just golden around the edges. Resist the urge to dig in right away, the set better as they cool!