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Gluten Free Health Bars

Updated on April 6, 2014
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Bronwen is interested in food, diet and creating recipes, as she has prepared family meals and organised church and home functions.

Cut to Size when Slightly Cooled
Cut to Size when Slightly Cooled | Source

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Healthy Snack Bars

This gluten free recipe can be as healthy as you choose. It can be made without dairy, without eggs, and even without sugar, if that is what you want. It also tasted great and is a wonderful filler for those moments when a small snack is just what you want, but it can also become a snack meal that is really healthy, if that is what is called for. The recipe gives quantities for each ingredient, but eggs and sugar can be omitted. The recipe uses coconut cream but if you're OK with dairy, milk can easily be used instead.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 2 Dozen bars
Add a Variety of Dried Fruit. Chop the Dates, but not too finely
Add a Variety of Dried Fruit. Chop the Dates, but not too finely | Source

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups fine oatmeal
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ cup Linseed meal
  • 1 cup dried fruit, e.g. chopped dates, currants, dried cherries, chopped naked ginger
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 400 ml can coconut cream, or any other type of milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Adding the Liquid Ingredients
Adding the Liquid Ingredients | Source
  1. Preheat oven to about 200 C. Line baking tray.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a good-sized bowl.
  3. Add the liquid ingredients to the bowl and stir well.
  4. Leave for 20 mins. to allow the dry ingredients to absorb the liquid.
  5. Stir again, and then transfer mixture to baking tray. Press down firmly and smooth the top. Bake until lightly browned.
  6. Cool slightly, then cut into bars. Turn out onto cooling tray and cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Leave Mixture Stand; Then Place in Baking Tray With Sides
Leave Mixture Stand; Then Place in Baking Tray With Sides | Source
Press Mixture Down Firmly; Smooth and Sprinkle With Coffee Crystals if Desired
Press Mixture Down Firmly; Smooth and Sprinkle With Coffee Crystals if Desired | Source

Variations

This bar can be versatile. It is tasty as it is, but if not pressed down well before cooking, it can turn out to be a little crumbly. This can be prevented beforehand by the addition to the liquid ingredients of a beaten medium sized egg, if eggs are allowed in your diet.

  • Chopped nuts, sultanas, chopped apple or apricot can replace or be added to the dried fruit.
  • Dark chocolate 'Chock-bits' can be added to the dried fruit in place of another ingredient.
  • If sugar is not a problem, a little demerara or coffee sugar crystals can be sprinkled on top to make a crunchy topping and add a little sweetness, but the fruit itself is sweet enough.
  • When cool, the bars may be topped with a mixture of cream cheese and icing sugar. It tastes good but detracts from the healthiness of the bar and adds calories.
  • When cool, the base of the bar can be dipped in melted chocolate. leave upside down until the chocolate is solid. Again, this adds to the calories, but dark chocolate is good for you!

Cool the Bars Well Before Storing
Cool the Bars Well Before Storing | Source

Note

I have made these bars fairly small, so the instructions give the yield as twenty-four. However, if the bars are to be used as a meal replacement, they can easily be cut to a larger size. This is best done while they are still warm.

Finally

Because the bars shown here are not decorated, they may look a little plain, but they really taste great.

Enjoy!

These Health Bars are Good Enough for Afternoon Tea
These Health Bars are Good Enough for Afternoon Tea | Source

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    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think i've mentioned before that i have celiac and must eat gluten free. I make lots of cakes esing Betty Crocker gluten free mix. I will make these bars, they look good and are healthy i'm sure. Thank you for sharing your recipe...

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Blossom, this looks good, lots of healthy ingredients and simple to make. Perfect.

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Blossom, these bars look yummy! I'm posting this on my Gluten-free blog and FB page... thank you for adding in details about substitutions and possible additions. I personally love the idea of dipping them in chocolate or melted carob chips for those who are allergic to chocolate.

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      ToriM 3 years ago from Atlanta

      You had me at oats and coconut milk...yum!! I will be trying this recipe soon as I must eat gluten free as well. Thank you for sharing!!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      They sure look good to me Blossom and being good for us is just icing on the cake! Thank you. ^+

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Blossom, thank you so much for this recipe. I am sending the link to my daughter -- she is always looking for good gluten-free recipes and loves snack bars that are yummy and nutritious. UP, Useful, Awesome.

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      Servant of God YHWH 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      These look delicious. I'm on a gluten-free diet and I'm always trying to find things that I can eat. One question though, and please correct me if I'm wrong because I'm still learning about gluten-fee foods, but I thought that oats were not considered gluten-free. If there are gluten-free oats, they're hard to find in my area here in the US. Maybe I'm confusing oats with oatmeal.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: The Betty Crocker Gluten-free mix is good. Some people are allergic to oats and then it would be best to use the mix as a substitute.

      tobusiness: It is good. The only problem is storing them - they seem to disappear!

      techygran: Hey! That's a great idea! I love carob and I know that some people are allergic to chocolate. I'm not, but I still like carob as well.

      hellovictoria: Oats and coconut milk or cream go so well together. Sometimes I have it for breakfast - yummy!

      Jackie Lynnley: The icing on the cake may not be some people's cup of tea! (How's that for mixed metaphors!). But the literal kind can add to the flavour if it does not conflict with the diet.

      Phyllis Doyle: I hope they're just right for your daughter, and thank you for those votes.

      Faithful Daughter: They are delicious. You're right. Oats do have gluten, but it's a different kind of gluten from what is found in wheat, barley and rye, and there are lots of people who can tolerate it. I can, but one of my granddaughters cannot. Rolled oats and oatmeal are made from the same cereal, so it's usually a matter of trial and error. Everyone's body is different.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for this recipe, Blossom. I like eating energy bars as snacks, but even the so-called "healthy" ones in stores are often not as healthy as they claim. Your recipe sounds like a great substitute - healthy and delicious!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful recipe, Blossom, especially loving the chopped ingredients and coconut milk ... so we know they are yummy!

      Up and more, tweeting, pinning

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Wasteless Project 3 years ago from Worldwide

      That sounds delicious!!! But is it possible to make a complete grain-free version and leave the oats out?

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This looks like a very healthful alternative. Thanks for sharing and for including so many different options.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Awesome! Any idea how long they will store? Need travel food for this summer and some of it needs to be shipped and last a month .

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      Consolacion Miravite 3 years ago from Philippines

      The bars look yummy and easy to do. It is healthy too, since glutten-free cooking is a new way of eating for the health conscious. The illustration is clear and easy to understand. A thumbs up for this post!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AliciaC: Yes, it is healthy, but also tastes good - and is 'more-ish' - which is not so good for losing weight! Thank you for your comments.

      Faith Reaper: The chopped ingredients don't take so long as I like them a good size so they can be tasted (well, that's my excuse, anyway!). Lovely to hear from you and God bless you, too.

      Wasteless Project: Leaving the oats out would work, but you'd need to substitute something for them, possibly wholemeal rice flour, although I guess that's a grain, too. If you experiment with it, I'd love to hear how you go.

      FlourishAnyway: It is healthy, and as you point out, it's versatile, too.

      tirelesstraveller: I'm not sure about that as they never seem to last that long. You could try cooking them more slowly and longer so that more moisture is removed.

      csmiravite-blogs: They're surprisingly easy. I'm so glad that you found the instructions clear. Thank you for the thumbs up!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      it looks good.. blossoms and you make it look easy so yeah maybe ill try them :)

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      These look really good Blossom and seem so easy..can't wait to make them for my gluten free daughter..thanks for the recipe & will share & pin to my board healthier choices..cheers

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: I'm not sure they really look so good in the photos, but they do taste good. I'd love to know if you do try them and what you think.

      cartero6: They're not difficult, just take a little time in the waiting period. I hope they work for your daughter and that she loves them. Thanks for pinning, too.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This looks like a really good health bar. I am all for eating healthier food choices such as this. I will have to make this soon. I love the ingredients in this bar, especially the cherries. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: I agree. Healthier food is always a good option. I, too, love cherries and they really add to the enjoyment of these bars. Thank you for your comments.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You must be gluten free--I have been for a couple of years now and really like how I feel--but there are things I really miss--like a decent pizza crust!! Thank you!!!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I'm gluten free and my son is lactose intolerant. These look delicious. We have a store here in town that sells gluten free ingredients too, so it would be very easy for me to make these. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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      North Wind 3 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello BlossomSB,

      I am not too fussy about gluten (I am not allergic) but your health bars do look very delicious! I would make them because they look like they taste wonderful.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AudreyHowitt: Yes, I think I must be. The specialist gave me a list of things to try, but neither I nor my GP could understand it, but since I've gone gluten free - no more of those nasty pains in my tummy, so I'm sticking to it! I love food, so there are lots of things I miss, but certainly not all that pain for years!

      CraftytotheCore: I do hope they work for you. I love them, and the contents can be varied, which adds to the usefulness of the recipe.

      North Wind: You're right! They're healthy for anyone. Thank you for your comments.

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 3 years ago from Philippine

      Looks so good, Ill ask my mom making one of these woooo thanks for the share! Nice stuff for summer as well/.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      PaoloJpm: They are good. I love coming across the hidden treasures within. I guess you could try and make them yourself, too. They're not really very difficult. Enjoy!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds delicious and the combination of ingredients looks interesting. I am definitely going to try this. Gluten free snacks are preferred these days by many people.

      Thanks for sharing the details! Voted up!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ChitrangadaSharan: It is delicious and it's nice to be able to vary the recipe, too. I hope you enjoy them when you make the bars. It's a pleasure to share and thank you for your vote.

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      As a newly converted gluten-free dieter I appreciate this recipe. It takes time to work with different flours and understand how one works with another. Some of my creations have been pretty good - others a complete flop.

      I appreciate knowing that this recipe is hard to keep in the house. I'll be giving it a try to help my sweet tooth along the way.

      Thank you dear Blossom! Sharing on my FB writers page (link on my profile page) and voted up.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Now, which tea do I match it with?

      I'm definitely trying this without the currant (not a big fan of it). Thanks for sharing. I'm passing the goodness and pinning it as well.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Mekenzie: It does take time to get used to them - and if I get too adventurous I have flops, too. However, they're usually edible, just not for others to see! Thank you so much for sharing and for your comments.

      CrisSp: When I was a kid I didn't like currants, but they're dried black currants and very healthy and I now seem to like them. As for the tea - we all have our favourites. Mine is dandelion!

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      Joe 2 years ago from north miami FL

      Great gluten free is the way to be. Great natural recipe

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      joedolphin88: It is! Thank you for your comment.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Delicious, healthy and easy!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      midget38: Thank you for reading my hub and, yes, it is easy.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning again

      I am so glad I am finding these gluten free recipes that I am certain my daughter will enjoy. I will pick up what I need to make some of these for her.

      Pinned g+ tweeted voted up+++

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