In April, I took a GF cooking class at Whole Foods in Kansas. I had a great time and found our favorite ever granola bar recipe. I do mean EVER. That it's GF is just a bonus.
Granola "Traveling" Bars
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
2/3 cup maple syrup, honey, sorghum syrup or barley malt combo. (I always use honey & maple syrup)
2 Tbsp black strap molasses
1 cup GF oats, ground to a fine powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup more GF oats
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup puffed millet
1/3 cup hemp or flax seeds, or a combo, whole and ground
2/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup dried tart cherries, raisins or cranberries
(or about 2.5 cups any combo of nut, seeds and dried fruit)
Tara's Note: Allan and I love this recipe as is, but we found the littles were put off by the pumpkin seeds and cherries, so I upped the other grains/seeds and added rainbow, chocolate covered sunflower seeds. They are stoked. It adds a bit more sugar, but not much and it gets the other good stuff in their bodies without fuss. MOM WIN!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Warm oil, syrup & molasses in a stainless bowl over very low heat.
In a food processor or blender, grind first cup of oats to a flour. Add salt and soda and grind again to combine. Add ingredients one at a time and pulse to chop and combine. You want nuts and fruits chopped, but still have some shape.
Add the dry ingredients to warmed wet ingredients. Mix with a strong spatula, the mixture will be stiff and dry.
Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Press the mixture firmly onto the paper. It should be very dense and compact. (wetting your fingers helps)
Bake 13-18 minutes or until lightly browned and puffy. Immediately remove bars by pulling parchment with bars onto cutting board. Cool 5 minutes.
Cut into rectangles while still warm. Allow to cool completely on parchment. Remove and store in ziploc bag.
We were told these would last a couple weeks in the fridge. We haven't had them last so long, so we don't know. They travel great. Some of ours on the last trip got a bit crumbly...seems to me they were begging to be crumbled over some yogurt or into a bowl of milk for breakfast. YUM!