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Please keep me from going into the poor house! My sons just went gluten-free, and they're in the "hungry zone." :D:D:D They'll eat gluten free snack bars, like peanut butter granola, by the handful. AT $5 for 4-6 bars, I will be broke soon :huh:

They love peanut butter and chocolate. If you have a kid favorite recipe, please share! Thanks!

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I make cereal bars with Fruty Pebbles or any of the gluten-free Rice Chex and marshmellows. Just follow the recipe on the marshmellow bag. I add chocolate chips and chopped almonds. So far the Cinnamon and Chocolate Rice Chex have been the favorites in my house. I'm not sure if the Peanut butter chips are gluten-free but they would be great with chocolate chips and the Chocolate Rice Chex.

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If your kids can tolerate Gluten Free Oats there is a great snack bar reicpe over at Bobs Red Mill...

gluten-free Granola Bars

Also Try this one...

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Granola Bars (Found this online ....forget where though)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy) or almond butter (if you want to make almond granola bars)

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups granola base

2 cups nuts/seeds

1 cup dried fruit

GRANOLA BASE could be:

* Gluten free oats (toasted)

* Gluten free cereal (like Maple Buckwheat Flakes OR Nutty Flax, etc)

* 1.5 cups gluten free oats/cereal + 1/2 cup shredded coconut

NUTS/SEED combinations could be any combination of the following:

* Pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)

* Almonds

* Pine nuts

* Pecans

* Walnuts

* Sesame seeds

* Sunflower seeds

* Flax seeds

DRIED FRUIT can be any combination (or single fruit) of the following:

* Dried cherries

* Dried blueberries

* Dried cranberries (like Craisins, if you want sweet ones)

* Dried apricots (chopped into small pieces)

* Dried dates (chopped into small pieces)

* Dried figs (chopped into small pieces)

* Raisins

* Prunes (chopped)

Directions

1. Butter an 8 X 10 inch pan generously OR line it with parchment paper than also comes up the sides of the pan about 1/2 of an inch.

2. Preheat the oven to 400F.

3. Toast your nuts/seeds in the oven for a few minutes until slightly golden. While you are doing this, make your “granola glue” or peanut butter sauce.

4. To make the “granola glue” or peanut butter sauce, combine honey and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Heat, while stirring, until the brown sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and simmer for 1-2 minutes until evenly foamy/bubbly on top. Remove from the heat. Add one teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir (it will steam a bit). Add peanut butter and stir briskly until lumps are gone and the consistency is uniform.

5. Mix granola base (oats or cereal) with your toasted nuts/seeds. Pour peanut butter mixture over the top and stir until evenly distributed. Add dried fruit and stir again to distribute.

6. Pour mixture into pan (on to parchment paper). Spread evenly and then press down in to the bottom of the pan. Press the granola together firmly.

7. Bake for 20 minutes at 350F.

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely (it will firm up as it cools) before cutting.

9. Cut into bars (1″ wide and 4″ long). Wrap bars in cling wrap or wax paper and store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container on the counter until consumed. (I’ve store mine up to 10 days, but it depends on the weather.) These can be refrigerated; however, I haven’t tried freezing them yet.

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Here are some ideas:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=47107

and:

http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/index.php?showtopic=46566

and these are wonderful:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2007...t-brownies.html

time consuming but worth every bite and you can easily exchange ingredients. I use 1/3 cup less sugar and divide the batter before adding goodies so I can make 2 types in 8x8" pans.

I usually use chopped dates, sunflower nuts, golden raisins, and pumpkin seeds. I don't care for chocolate in them b/c they taste more like gingerbread or apple crisp. Wrap individually and freeze. Also as you put together the dry ingredients you can measure some into plastic bags for future batches. You can use dried cranberries or bluberries too.

How about freezing some assorted muffins? I posted a muffin thread recently that has peanut butter and chocolate muffins on it.

How about Muddy Buddies/Puppy Chow? choc and pb...mmm!

Here is another and its really easy...if your kids like coconut and I am sure you could use gluten-free peanut butter chips or even just add some peanut butter to the recipe:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006...wowee-bars.html

These are yummy too:

http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2005...-chip-bars.html

I reduce the sugar a bit and use some of the chips to sprinkle on top sometimes (use less if mixed in).

Enjoy your baking frenzy!

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I've used the microwave peanut brittle recipes to do bars. Basically you cook the suger in the nuker until it doesn't glow. Then you add the peanuts and re-nuke. I add more than just peanuts, like dried fruit bits, and seeds and such. Maybe some shredded coconut too. Spread the mixture out and slice with a big knife. Sometimes it is a little sticky so I dust it with cocoa powder. You can also melt chocolate on top of the bars if you are really depraved. There are lots of these microwave peanut brittle recipes around the web. I wouldn't do the butter myself. If your kids can do oats another thing to do is rub the bottom sides of the bars with steel cut oats. Or any nut meal would probably work too. Maybe flax seed meal on the bottom and chocolate on top? Disgusting stuff. :)

All Reccipes Peanut brittle in the nuker

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Thanks all. I am going shopping! Keep these yummy recipes coming@ :D

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Just call me Betty Crocker! Today we made banana mufffins, Wowwee bars and chocolate chip cookies. The kids loved them! Thanks all!

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I found this recipe on another gluten free website. These bars are delicious and so easy to make and it's quick, too! :)

Kelly's Adapted Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

1 16oz. jar natural peanut butter (the kind with peanuts listed as the only ingredient)

2 eggs

2 tsp. baking soda

1 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix with an electric hand mixer until blended. I bake mine on an ungreased Pampered Chef stone bar pan for around 15-20 minutes. They should be a beautiful golden brown color when done. I like them plain, but to dress them up for a special gathering, I spread chocolate and peanut butter chips on the top before baking. One time I swirled jam onto the top before baking, but plain is still my favorite.

Whip these babies up in no time and enjoy!

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