Friday, May 4, 2012

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Squares.

Eating Gluten Free can be a challenge. I really enjoy power bars or snack bars.  However, the Gluten Free power bars that are sold at most stores are lacking flavor and substance. So I asked Michael to come up with a culinary solution. Mike's solution is  a tasty recipe that can be enjoyed as a breakfast item or as an energy bar anytime of the day. We occasionally add this item to our continental breakfast at Ogunquit Beach Inn.

4 - 5 Banana's mashed
3/4 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Stick of unsalted Butter
1   Egg
1.5 cups of Gluten Free Flour (we use Bob's Red Mills)
2  Teaspoons of Xanthan Gum
1  Teaspoon Baking Soda
1  Teaspoon Salt
1  Cup of certified Gluten Free Oats (Bob's Red Mills brand)
1 Cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of Craisins
1.5 cups of GF Chocolate Chips

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and bake for 40 to 50 minutes (check with toothpick).

We use a 10" x 13" inch greased pan.

In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add sugar, egg, melted butter and mix. Mix the dry ingredients (GF flour, xanthan, baking soda, salt). Add oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and craisins (dried crannberries). Scoop into 10" x 13" inch pan.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes (when toothpick comes out dry). Let cool. Cut into squares and enjoy! These energy bars are chewey and packed with energy!

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