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Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars {gluten free}

Earlier this week, I was in the mood to bake. It had been way too long since I made any sort of fun new granola bar, and I wanted something I could enjoy as an easy snack in the afternoon. A little while later, and a new creation was born: Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars. Gluten-free and dairy-free friendly, too!

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Here is my arsenal of ingredients, ready to go! I got creative with what I had on hand, eventually adding some coconut flour to the mix, too. These would also be great with fresh cherries instead of dried – just pit and chop the cherries!

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I didn’t get any pictures of the process, but when I mixed everything together, it was like rice krispie cereal – snap, crackle, pop! – due to the rice cereal! It would be a fun one to make with kids. :)

If you’re looking for a new grab and go granola bar option, give these a shot! They’ve got protein from the eggs, lots of healthy fiber from the oats and ground flaxseed, and healthy fat from the pecans and flaxseed, too. The perfect combination to fuel you for a busy day.

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Spiced Cherry Pecan Granola Bars

by fANNEtastic food

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Need a quick and easy on-the-go snack recipe? Look no farther. These granola bars are packed with nutrition, delicious, and simple to make, too.

 

Ingredients (12 bars)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 C crispy brown rice puffed cereal (I used Erewhon brand’s gluten free option)
  • 1 C rolled oats (gluten free certified if necessary)
  • 1/3 C coconut flour
  • 1/2 C ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 C chopped pecans
  • 1/3 C dried cherries (or fresh cherries, pitted and chopped)
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 & 1/3 C Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almondmilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375.

In two separate bowls, mix dry ingredients, then wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry, mixing until combined.

Pour batter into a cooking-sprayed baking dish.

Bake 20 minutes. Cut into bars and cool on cooling rack.

Enjoy! These will keep for about a week or so in the fridge, or you can freeze them, individually wrapped, for later.

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I’ve been enjoying these on their own as a snack, and for breakfast I crumble them on top of cottage cheese or plain yogurt with some berries to tide me over longer.

Like the sound of these bars? You might also like my:

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This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. As always, all opinions are my own. Previous Almond Breeze recipe creations:

Comments

  1. 1

    Delicious! I love a good granola bar. Haven’t made some in a while. Sadly we do not have whole wheat rice cereal in Germany – do you think I could substitute it for another whole wheat cereal?

  2. 3

    You had me at cherry! :)

  3. 4

    These look absolutely amazing!

  4. 5

    I do love a good granola bar and these sound amazing!

  5. 6

    This looks awesome! I woke up this morning with a freezer full of blueberries (tis the season!) and an urge to bake. We will see what comes out of it, but I may need to modify this to include blueberries :)

  6. 8

    Hey Anne, Do you have the nutritional info on these?

  7. 10

    Those look really good! I’ve never made my own granola bars, but they look easy.

  8. 11
    Christine says:

    Do you think I could use whole wheat pastry flour instead of coconut flour? These sound GREAT!

  9. 13

    I make your oatmeal dark chocolate granola bars literally every week to bring in lunches, they are so easy and yummy.

  10. 15

    These look incredible!! Cherries are my favorite so I am totally sold on anything that include them. Random question: What did you use to make the banner for your photo of this recipe?

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