Gluten-free no-bake Peanut Butter and Apricot Granola Bars
Perfect for snacking, these homemade granola bars are gluten-free and packed with protein, fibre and healthy fats from the peanuts and peanut butter. Dried apricots add a touch of sweetness.
- Prep time: 15 minutes
- Freeze time: 1 hour
- Makes: 16 bars
|¾ cup (175 mL) dry roasted peanuts, divided|
|2 cups (500 mL) dried apricots|
|2 cups (500 mL) gluten-free rolled oats|
|2 tbsp (30 mL) ground flax seeds|
|1 cup (250 mL) natural peanut butter|
|½ cup (125 mL) honey|
|1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract|
|2 cups (500 mL) puffed brown rice cereal|
Add ½ cup (125 mL) of peanuts and apricots to the food processor, and pulse until they break into small pieces.
Add everything else except for the remaining ¼ cup (60 mL) of peanuts and the brown rice cereal. Process until smooth and sticky. Roughly chop the remaining ¼ cup (60 mL) of peanuts and add to the mixture along with the rice cereal.
Line a 9x13" rectangular pan with wax or parchment paper, and press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
Transfer the pan to the freezer for 1 hour. Cut into 20 bars and wrap each individually in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat.
Tip: You can also swap out the dried fruit and cereal recommended in this recipe for your favourites. If you don't need a gluten-free version, try using a high fibre cereal and regular rolled oats.