Crockpot Granola Bars That Are Vegan and Gluten Free!
Mar 22, 2014 | Sarah LanphierPin This Post
Just when you thought there was not one more delicious recipe that you could make in the crockpot……BOOM! I give you Vegan, Gluten Free Granola Bars!
That is right! Granola bars made in the crockpot. No need to turn on your oven. Just plus in your slow cooker and let it do the work. These bars are crunchy on the outside and chewy in the center. The dates and maple syrup give them the perfect balance of sweetness.
There is NOTHING like pure maple syrup. You can find this maple syrup in the Shoppe. It makes me want to go tap my maple trees. Then I remember how much work it is to get just an ounce of maple syrup from the sap. That thought snaps me back to reality and I just appreciate having it already in the bottle.
Start with your dry ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup flax meal
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 T chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup dried dates
Add the wet ingredients:
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Stir to combine. Make sure the wet ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
Line your crockpot with a piece of parchment paper.
This will aid in lifting the granola bars out of the slow cooker once they are finished.
Press the granola mixture firmly and evenly in the bottom of the crockpot. The firmer you can press, the better.
Set the slow cooker on low and ‘bake’ for 2 1/2 – 3 hours with the lid on.
When the center is firm to the touch and the endues are getting golden it is finished.
Carefully lift the granola bars from the slow cooker and allow to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container and if you don’t devour these in a week we recommend storing the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to a month.
Use a pizza wheel or a long knife to slice to the desired shape.
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