Gluten Free Chewy Bars

I love a yummy, low calorie, on-the-go snack. I created this recipe on the fly and it is great! These bars are sweet, savory, and crunchy… perfect combo. Side note: your house will smell AMAZING after you bake these!

Gluten Free Coconut Cinnamon Chewy Bars

only 95 calories!

only 95 calories!

Ingredients:

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2 tbsp coconut shreds
1 c cinnamon apple chex
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1 c gluten free puffins
5 unsulfered apricots (chopped)
1 c of sugar free maple syrup
1 tbsp honey
1 packet of cinnamon almonds (chopped)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place cereal in a ziploc bag, release the air, and then crush the cereal with your hand. You can use a rolling pin, but I chose not to because I wanted to have larger chunks in the bar.

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  1. Empty bag of  cereal into baking dish (dish needs to have enough room to allow cereal to spread evenly). Place in oven for 7 minutes.
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  3. Place toasted cereal in a mixing bowl (electric distributes more evenly). Mix in syrup and remaining ingredients
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  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and pour mixture into baking dish. Press mixture throughout dish, distribute evenly.
  6. Bake bars for 17 minutes (monitor). Remove from baking dish.
  7. Place cool bar sheet on cutting board.
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  9. Cut into 10 squares.

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Bar Exam Bars

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Stephen has started studying for the Illinois State Bar Exam. This has been a long time coming and I am super excited for him. He is currently enrolled in a prep course that spans from now until the exam in February. Its an intensive course that will require approximately 8 to 10 hours of studying a day. As you can imagine I am not super excited to see less of him but I am happy he is crossing the finish line of this long journey that has been law school.

Since the weather has been gloomy and friends are out of town I have been baking like mad. I wanted to make Stephen treats to brighten up his study experience. The boy loves peanut butter and chocolate so I figured I would make some Bar Exam Bars.

I created this recipe and am quite pleased with the outcome. As I was making these bars I realized that the texture and consistency reminded me of my favorite Little Debbie… Star Crunch. As a kid I had a star crunch in my lunch everyday. Star crunch makes any boring lunch better and hopefully these bars will make study sessions just a little bit better too!

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Disclaimer: I am not going to declare these are healthy in the least but a little sweet treat every now and then is okay… right? ­čÖé

Ooey Gooey Bar Exam Bars

I had a bunch of pictures and deleted them ALL on accident, tragic.

I had a bunch of pictures and deleted them ALL on accident, tragic.

Ingredients:

Bars

  • 5 c of Rice Krispies (I used 365 Brown Puffed Rice)
  • 1/4 c of butter
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 c chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp PB2
  • 1/2 c trail mix (I used Trader Joes PB Cup mix) OR assorted peanut mix

Topping

  • 1/2 tsp peanut oil
  • 1/3 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Line a baking dish (the smaller the pan the thicker bars) with wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe dish melt butter. Pour butter in mixing bowl (something deep enough to use an electric mixer if you do not have a stand mixer).
  3. Microwave marshmallows for 30 seconds. Pour marshmallows into mixing bowl. Mix butter and marshmallows on a medium speed until the mixture becomes very gooey.
  4. In a separate small bowl combine Pb2 mixture with water. Normally Pb2 calls for 1 tbsp of water… add more. You want this to equal about a 1/4 c o liquid.
  5. Slowly pour rice cereal into mixture. Make sure the cereal is evenly coated. Pour pb2 mixture into cereal mix.
  6. Pour chocolate chips and trail mix into mixture.
  7. Spoon mixture onto wax paper. Use a spoon to evenly distribute mixture in pan. Try to get the bars even and the sides in a straight line.
  8. Place the baking dish in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes (you need the mixture to harden).
  9. Take the wax paper out of the dish and flip the mixture onto cutting board. Use a sharp knife or dough cutter to evenly cut bars into squares.
  10. Once the bars are cut prepare the topping mixture. Place all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and melt chocolate and peanut butter together. Use a fork to drizzle tops of bar.

Wrap bars in wax paper and secure with tape. Place in freezer until serving.

Pack your bar for studying and enjoy!