Gluten Free Breakfast Bars

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Gluten-free Breakfast Bars

I am always looking for different easy breakfast options. Since I don’t eat processed and packaged foods, breakfast can be tough sometimes if I don’t feel like eggs, a smoothie or fresh fruit and yogurt. If I don’t plan ahead and have some homemade baked goods or some fresh bread to toast up, my options can be a bit limited since I don’t eat most cereals and I never eat packaged cereal bars or things of that nature. I came across a great post on The Kitchn in January that featured “10 Vegan Breakfast Ideas“, though some of the recipes contain things I can’t eat, the first post was about breakfast bars and it had a link to two different recipes. The one that caught my eye was for Gluten Free Breakfast Bars, another great recipe from Elana’s Pantry. They looked incredible and surprisingly I had every last ingredient on hand in my pantry and I always do. This made me so excited since besides muffins, if these turned out as good as I had imagined they would, I knew this gave me another great breakfast option and additionally another great travel breakfast item.

Sure enough, these were just as incredible as I had imagined. I changed up the recipe slightly by substituting dried cranberries for the raisins and adding ground cinnamon and fresh ground nutmeg. I couldn’t resist adding the spices and they were just perfect in there. The crunch from the nuts and seeds was so perfect. The original recipe mentions just using the seeds and nuts raw, untoasted since that made it even easier, so that is what I did. They still had a perfect nutty crunch.

It should be noted that after I let the pan cool for a while and went to cut in, the pieces came out very easily but were a tad bit crumbly. I decided to put plastic wrap over the pan and refrigerate the rest. When I cut the remaining bars the following day, they stayed together much better and were far less crumbly. After spending a little time on Elana’s blog I am learning there are lots of different almond flours available and a lot of people prefer buying online to get the right one, so I am curious if a different almond flour changes the way the bar is held together. I will have to experiment with that. Another note on this recipe is that wherever I can in recipes I buy organic ingredients. Many of the items in these bars are organic, I just thought it may be a bit redundant to continuously post that.

Gluten Free Breakfast Bars
adapted from Elana’s Pantry
Makes 12-16 bars

1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup almond slivers
¼ cup dried cranberries, unsweetened

Preheat  oven to 350º.

In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large bowl, combine grapeseed oil, agave and vanilla.
Stir dry ingredients into wet. Mix in coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and cranberries.
Grease an 8×8 baking dish with grapeseed oil. Press the dough into the baking dish, wetting your hands with water to help pat the dough down evenly.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Allow to cool completely before cutting. I found they were a bit crumbly even after cooling, so I allowed it to cool overnight in the fridge and then cut the pieces, it held together much better.

* None of the nuts and seeds in this recipe are toasted.  This keeps it easy and fast, you could certainly toast them if you wish, it’s just an extra step before you start.


Gluten-free Breakfast Bars

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 katshealthcorner February 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh gosh, I REALLY want to try these! 😀


2 Alex August 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Just tried it – took no time at all, and I LOVE it! Couldn’t find almond flour though – went to three places and no one had it, so had to use normal flour! Also substituted agave nectar for honey since I couldn’t find that either. Oh well – still tasted great! Thanks for sharing 🙂


3 Karen April 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Sunshine makes me happy. Lifts my spirits like no end. Or a day at the beach. Doesn’t even matter if the sun is shining. A thoughtful gesture like someone holding the door open or fixing a cup of tea. It really is the little things.


4 Karen April 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I already subscribe to your blog. It is one of my favorite sources of recipes!


5 Adelina March 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm

These are perfect! I made them tonight and I may have to hide the tray or my husband will eat them all!


6 Kathy January 30, 2014 at 10:25 am

Awesome recipe… thanks ..for myself I need to omit the sunflower seeds so i’ll increase the pumpkin seeds and coconut shreds slightly and while their baking I’m going to make some steaming hot cardamom cinnamon vanilla almond milk for myself today~ Hugs and THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!


7 tastyyummies February 3, 2014 at 10:26 am

Sounds great Kathy. I hope you enjoy the recipe. That almond milk sounds amazing!!! YUM, I will have to try that. Thanks for your sweet comment. 🙂


8 Linda March 24, 2014 at 6:15 am

I can’t use almond flour or any grains…what other nut flours might work?


9 tastyyummies March 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Hey Linda, yes other nut flours should work perfectly. Thanks.


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