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Gluten-Free Protein Bars

You can make your own gluten-free protein bars right at home, from scratch!

Gluten free protein bars
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I did something I've never done before. I brought peanut butter into the house. My son is allergic to peanuts, so we haven't had peanuts or peanut butter in our home for over 7 years now.

But I did it, to try this recipe for gluten free protein bars. I was so nervous about not cleaning everything well enough afterwards (the counters, the spatula, etc.) that I'll never do it again. I was a wreck!

However, these gluten-free protein bars were really good, so I'll have to borrow a friend's kitchen to bake them next time.

How to make Gluten-Free Protein Bars from scratch

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This recipe was adapted from The $5 Dollar Dinner Mom Breakfast & Lunch Cookbook.

I've tried this recipe twice now. The second time, I used half the ingredients and cut the cooking time by five minutes, ending up with a crunchier, thinner bar.

Both were good! This is such a great alternative to expensive gluten-free energy bars.

Ingredients for GF Protein Bars

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Directions for Gluten-Free Protein Bars

Stir together the peanut butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in a bowl.

Add the oats, almonds, cinnamon and raisins/cranberries.

The batter will be thick. Press into an 8×8 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 8 bars.

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This recipe is linked up to Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Gluten-Free Homemader, Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty & Bedlam, Feasting in Fellowship Friday at Comfy in the Kitchen, and CraftOManiac Monday at Craft-O-Maniac.

Linda

Wednesday 7th of March 2012

Looks good though... I'm going to try it soon

Linda

Wednesday 7th of March 2012

.... there are lots of different types of butters... sesame?

Gina

Friday 20th of January 2012

Yes, you're right. I could use almond or sunflower butter next time.

Robin

Friday 20th of January 2012

Couldn't you substitute another nut butter, like almond butter? That way it would be safer to do at home.

Meredith

Wednesday 16th of May 2012

Why safer?