Sunday, September 28, 2014

GF Sun Butter - Pretzel Snack Bars

I guess I am kind of a "snack bar junkie" it seems like I am always trying a new one. Maybe it's because so many pre-made snack bars are full of ingredients I can't eat…not to mention costly.

This is an interesting idea I have seen a lot lately, adding pretzels to a snack bar recipe.  And of course for you folks that are not gluten free, use regular pretzels, don't pass up this recipe just because it says "gluten free." 

This recipe idea came from a very cool blog you must visit!  Family Fresh Cooking, her pretzel bars are called Telluride Trail Bars. There are many more wonderful recipes you may want to try from her blog as well.

Weight watcher points for recipe without chocolate chips 5.4 per bar.
Weight watcher points with chocolate chips 5.7 per bar.

I made a few changes in my recipe and added a little sweetener.

GF Sun Butter - Pretzel Snack Bars        Makes 18 Bars
2 1/4 cups gluten free old fashioned oats.
1/2 cup salted nuts
4 mashed bananas
1 cup Sun Butter, or other nut butter
1/2 cup chopped gluten free pretzels
1 Tbls honey, pure maple syrup or agave syrup.
1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, I used allergy friendly. (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Pour oats and nuts on large baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes tossing a couple times during the baking time. Leaving oven on…remove oats and nuts from oven, set aside and let cool down.
Line a 9"x13" baking dish with parchment paper. You can do this while the oats and nuts are in the oven.

Heat Sun Butter or other nut butter and mashed bananas in the microwave or in a small pan on the stove stirring until well combined. Set aside to let cool a bit.

In a mixing bowl combine the oats, nuts, and banana mixture. Fold in cut up pretzels and 2 Tbls of chocolate chips. (they will melt slightly)

Spread mixture into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top.
Bake 25-30 minutes or when golden brown. Let cool and cut into any size bar you like. I cut mine into about 18 bars.

Store in an air tight container or freeze if you aren't going to eat them within a couple days.
I placed wax paper between the bars to freeze.

These snack bars are great for kids and a perfect "pick-me-up" snack for anyone.


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