Healthy Homemade Gluten-Free Snack Bars

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Easy, delicious, and budget-friendly!

With the wide variety of gluten-free, allergy-friendly snack bars available these days, why bother making your own? The answer is that fresh homemade bars are easy, delicious and budget-friendly.

homemade gluten free granola bars

Oksana Charla

Plus, homemade is a great way to control ingredients. You decide how much sweetener to add. You pick the kind of dried fruit you like. The amount of fiber (think flax meal, oats, coconut and nuts) is in your hands. If you’re allergic to nuts, you can use sunflower seeds and sunflower butter instead. And you can pack extra protein into your bars, making them a healthy, filling snack or in a pinch, a grab-and-go meal.

Price is a real consideration. The cost of my favorite packaged bars ranges from $1.25 to over $3 each, making homemade bars a true bargain.

Yes, it’s wonderful to have so many different kinds of bars available. (See our top choices here, from this issue of the magazine.) But if you want to control the cost, ingredients and flavor, try these delicious recipes.

Chocolate Cherry Protein Bars

PREP: 10 minutes
CHILL: 30 minutes

MAKES 10 BARS.

These no-bake bars are nutritious and filling–a quick breakfast and a great snack. Cocoa, chocolate chips and cherries offer antioxidants while oats and protein powder provide fiber and nutrients.

Each bar containss 266 calories, 17g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 10g sugars, 6g protein, 12Est GL.

gf chocolate cherry protein bar

Crispy Rice Raisin Granola Bars

gf crispy rice raisin granola bars

Oksana Charla

PREP: 10 minutes
BAKE: 20 minutes

MAKES 12 BARS.

These nut-free bars burst with sweet flavors of raisins, coconut and cinnamon.

Each bar containss 255 calories, 12g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 88mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 21g sugars, 5g protein, 20Est GL.

Toasted Quinoa, Banana & Cranberry Granola Bars

gf quinoa banana bars

Oksana Charla

PREP: 15 minutes
BAKE: 25 minutes

MAKES 8 TO 10 BARS.

Packed with dried fruit, bananas, crunchy quinoa, oats and flax, these bars are a tasty on-the-go snack the entire family will love.

Each bar containss 202 calories, 9g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 6g sugars, 6g protein, 12Est GL.

Cherry Almond Granola Bars

PREP: 10 minutes
BAKE: 20 minutes

MAKES 16 BARS.

GF Cherry Almond Granola Bars

Oksana Charla

Oats impart beneficial fiber and dried cherries provide healthful antioxidants in this recipe. You’ll love the flavor. If nuts aren’t tolerated, replace almonds and almond butter with sunflower seeds and sunflower butter.

Each bar containss 296 calories, 13g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 40mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 13g sugars, 8g protein, 21Est GL.

Food editor Beth Hillson is a chef and cooking instructor. She is founder of Gluten-Free Pantry, one of the first gluten-free companies in the United States, and author of Gluten-Free Makeovers and,The Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten Free (Da Capo Lifelong).