Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (My twist on the Clif bar!)

by danielle on November 13, 2012

I’ve talked before about my obsession with bars! I love them but two of my all time favorites I can no longer eat because they’re not gluten free! This includes Clif bars and Luna bars. They may not be the healthiest or most well balanced option out there but something about them I just love. I may be strange but I would rather eat a Luna bar than a chocolate bar…yes I’m kind of crazy! Anyway when I went gluten free a year and a half ago it wasn’t that big of a deal. I was eating mostly Paleo, so grains weren’t a problem and if I did happen to want a grain like bread, crackers, or cookies, there was always a gluten free option available. In fact the only time I really wish I wasn’t gluten free is when that random craving for a Clif bar or Luna bar pops up. Now I’ve already tried creating a Luna replacement, and a Clif Kid’s Z bar, but have yet to tackle the Clif bar! Well today I did! I’m pretty happy with how these turned out. They’re definitely good I’m just not quite sure how much they remind me of a Clif bar! You be the judge though, either way there’s chocolate in them so you know they have to be decent!

gluten free chocolate chip granola bars

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup crushed brown rice cereal (gluten free)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (processed in a blender to make an oat flour)
  • 2 tbs. ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbs. psyllium husk
  • 1/2 cup organic brown rice syrup (check the label to make sure it’s gluten free)
  • 12 delget dates
  • 2 tbs. soy nut butter
  • 1 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chips

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine your crushed cereal, oats, oat flour, flax, and psyllium husk.
  3. Next add in your brown rice syrup and mix well.
  4. In a blender pulse your dates with 2 tbs. of water until blended and mix into your batter.
  5. Melt your soy nut butter and coconut oil in the microwave 1 minute and add into the batter.
  6. Mix in the vanilla, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  7. Lastly stir in your chocolate chips until combined.
  8. Spread your mixture into an 8X8 foil lined, and greased pan (the mixture will be sticky)
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Enjoy!

Makes 12 bars. 

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What’s your favorite protein bar??? 

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessie November 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

These sound good girl. Can’t ever go wrong with homemade protein bars :)

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Thanks Jessie!

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Lucie November 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

Oh, they look delicious! My favorite bars are Questbars, the rest here in Switzerland is quite high in sugar and calories. We can’t get LunaBars or Cliffbars here.

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I love quest bars! Definitely one of my favorites!

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Linz @ Itz Linz November 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

can u move close to me?!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Haha sure! I’ll bring you some granola bars too ;)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Luna protein bars are one of my go-to bars, but recently I’ve loving Quest bars. I try to keep them for “emergency” snacks only though, since nothing beats a whole food based snack. ;)

I love that your recipe says to crush the puffed rice. Genius! I know I would definitely prefer that texture rather than the airiness of leaving them as is. Great idea!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I love quest bars! They’re so filling!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I love that you used soy nut butter in these! :D

I’ve actually NEVER found a protein bar that is safe for my allergies – crazy huh?! So I have to make all my own granola bars.

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Wow! That is crazy! It’s tough finding one that is just gluten free! I can’t imagine checking for other allergens too! Have you checked out Quest bars? They have pretty few ingredients in them.

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Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife November 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

mmm I love cliff bars! They are sooooo good! Making them would probably save a lot of money and would be fun to do! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Glad you like the recipe!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I actually don’t think I can eat any storebought protein bar… Most of them either have peanuts or traces of peanuts, which doesn’t sit so well with my allergies. So I guess my favorite bars are homemade :D These sound great!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Well I’m glad you like homemade then! They’re pretty easy to make too and so much less expensive than buying them at the store!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I love all of your recipes!!!! I need to make these.

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Brittany!

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Kim@hungryhealthygirl November 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I love bars too! I bet the brown rice cereal that you added gives the bar a perfect crunch. I’m going to make these for the kiddos…I know they will love them!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Great! I hope they love them!

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Kate @ Kate is eating November 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for this recipe! Where would I find psyllium husk? And would regular old-fashioned oats work for these protein bars?

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

psyllium husk is at both trader joe’s and whole foods! Regular oats would be fine just keep in mind they won’t be gluten free unless you use the g free oats!

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Katie @wishandwhimsy November 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Oh my word. Danielle, you never cease to amaze me. REALLY?! Wow. Send some my way while I pack! :)

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Aww thanks Katie! Good luck with the packing!

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots November 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

these sound delicious!!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thanks Kaitlin!

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Lisa November 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

These look great Danielle! Your a genius in the kitchen! :) I need to get psyllium husk asap!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I really like it! It’s an excellent fiber source!

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity November 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

these sound awesome! Maybe I can save up to buy some of the extra Paleo ingredients like coconut oil soon…my budget doesn’t really have room at the moment :( I love larabars! Luna bars are super good too :)

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thanks Alysia! I know some of those Paleo ingredients get expensive! A jar of coconut oil usually lasts me forever though!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 13, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I love a good bar, especially when it contains healthy ingredients!

My favorite bars are Larabars, Kit’s Organic Fruit + Nuts bars, and Zone Perfect Perfectly Simple bars…all have great ingredient lists!

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Agreed Hannah! I just tried the Kit’s Organic bars and they are great!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear November 13, 2012 at 5:38 pm

these look soooo good. I would totally rather eat something like this than a chocolate bar too. Call us crazy ;)

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

hahaha right?! It still has some chocolate too ;)

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Chelsa November 13, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I love that your recipes don’t have stevia! These look so yummy.

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danielle November 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Thanks Chelsa! I try to stay away from more artificial sugars as much as I can! Sometimes I’ll put stevia in my coffee though!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

Thank you for these.. you made my day! Luna bars are my favorite… but they upset my tummy so I’m looking forward to making these!

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danielle November 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Yay so glad! I’m still working on a Luna bar replacement! I totally miss them too!

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Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy November 14, 2012 at 6:24 am

These look good! My favorite protein bars are Quest bars. They have a ton of protein and are made with wholesome ingredients. The cinnamon roll flavor is my favorite!

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danielle November 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I love quest bars too!

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish November 14, 2012 at 6:27 am

Clif Bar needs to hire you to create GF versions of all of their bars! You’ve outdone yourself with these ones–they look and sound SO good! In fact, I bet they’re even better than Clif Bars because they contain coconut oil. Yum.

Favorite protein bar? I’m a loyal Luna fan, but my latest obsession is these cookies called Protein Fit. When heated, the peanut butter cookie tastes just like…a homemade peanut butter cookie! :)

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danielle November 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hahaha I totally think we need to write to clif bar and get me a job ;) I’ll have to search for those protein fit cookies! Every time I try a recommendation of yours I love it!

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