Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Bars – Gluten-Free
Yesterday I was trying to find a new way to make some of my favorite things. I was contemplating different combinations, varying shapes and textures, flours with more fiber. Gluten-free oatmeal snacks with walnuts instead of pecans. Bars instead of cookies.
I wanted chewy, crunchy, interwoven flavors, better-for-you-than-cookies – plus quick to make and easy to pack.
What I ended up baking was Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Bars. The three textures of oatmeal, raisins and walnuts are held together in a sweet dough of whole-grain flours with a brown sugar and vanilla flavor. One day I’d like to experiment with different sweeteners in this…when I have more time.
Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Bars are quick and easy to make – 10 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to bake, and not much to clean up. I wanted time left to relax after finishing.
These yummy treats definitely qualify for easy gluten-free living.
My husband is not too interested in cookies or bars. Sometimes he’ll eat a Larabar. But, those are in a class of their own. He especially is not interested in healthy cookies or bars, no matter how good for him or frugal or easy-to-make they are. If it doesn’t have more sugar than the average cookie, he won’t pay attention… (typical guy?)…as a result he didn’t eat more than one of these bars. I was disappointed, but not surprised. (He will eat my traditional soft oatmeal cookies, which are neither quick nor easy.) If I want him to eat oatmeal, all I have to do is cook him a bowl of it for breakfast. I just won’t get him to eat it in bar form.
I wanted chewy, crunchy, interwoven flavors, better-for-you-than-cookies – plus quick to make and easy to pack. What I ended up baking was Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Bars. The three textures of oatmeal, raisins and walnuts are held together in a sweet dough of whole-grain flours with a brown sugar and vanilla flavor.
- 1/2 Cup Butter, Margarine, or Butter-Flavored Shortening, at room temperature
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar, or less, to taste
- 1 Extra Large Egg
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract, gluten-free
- 1/2 Cup Garbanzo Flour or Garbanzo/Fava Mix (like Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 Cup Brown Rice Flour (like Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder, Gluten-free
- 1 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 1 Cup Certified Gluten-free Rolled Oats (like Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 Cup Golden Raisins
- 1/2 Cup Walnuts, broken
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Cream butter, margarine or shortening in mixer.
Add sugar, then egg and vanilla. Beat well after each addition.
Add dry ingredients except oats, mixing on low speed, scraping sides of bowl often, until well-blended.
Add oats, mixing on low speed, scraping sides of bowl often.
Stir in raisins and nuts, blending well.
Spread in a well-greased 8x8" or 9x9" baking pan. Bake until lightly browned (15-20 minutes).
These bars are gluten-free (no wheat, barley or rye). Be sure to check your ingredients lists every time you buy to verify that what you’re using is (still) gluten-free. Oats are especially prone to cross-contamination in their production and harvesting process, so be sure to use Certified Gluten-free Oats if you need to avoid gluten. If you use a casein-free margarine or shortening, these bars can also be casein-free, dairy-free and lactose-free.
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