Thursday, November 11, 2010

Gluten Free, Casein Free Cereal Bars!

Two new bar recipes that the kids and adults love! Try them out.

I got this one from Ellie Krieger on Food Network, but I modified it for our needs.

Crispy Rice Treats

1/2 cup honey or sometimes I use agave or brown rice syrup
1/2 cup natural nut butter of choice. I use cashew butter
6 cups crispy brown rice cereal, GF of course
2/3 cup chopped dried cherries (3 ounces)
Cooking spray, or grease your 13x9 with oil, butter, or something else

Melt the nut butter and honey in a pan over med. heat. When it's smooth and well combined, add the cereal and cherries. Stir to combine and press into your greased pan. This recipe is a little crumbly, but it's healthy. If you want to junk it up, add some marshmallows to your nut butter mixture and melt those in for an extra gooey treat! Just make sure your marshmallows are gluten free.

Nut Butter Chocolate Bars

6 cups GF cheerios-like cereal. (Glutino Honey Nut O's or Nature's Path Whole O's in the health section of the store)

1 1/2 cups GF marshmallows (cram them into the measuring cup any way you can, or just eye-ball it like I do.)

1 cup nut butter (I use almond or cashew butter)

3/4 cup brown rice syrup (you could try agave or something else. Original recipe said corn syrup, but I have a problem with that)

3 T. butter (I clarify mine, or use Ghee) or non-dairy alternative

1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips. These are allergen friendly.

1 tsp. Spectrum organic shortening (for the chocolate)

Grease your 13x9 pan with an appropriate fat like butter or Spectrum shortening, or cooking spray. Measure cereal in a large bowl and set aside. Melt your nut butter, butter or shortening, brown rice syrup, and marshmallows in a pan on low heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Pour over cereal stirring until evenly coated. Press into 13x9 pan using a spatula. In another pan or double boiler, melt the chocolate with the 1 tsp. shortening stirring constantly as to not make fudge. This happens really easily with this chocolate. As soon as it's almost melted, turn off heat, and continue to stir until smooth. Immediately drizzle (or glop) on the chocolate over the bars, trying to spread it out over all the cereal mixture. Cool before cutting into squares. Enjoy!

These bars are Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, and peanut free

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