Gluten Free Recipes
Gluten-Free On the Go: Granola Bars (Recipe)
With the school year in full swing, it’s likely that you are out and about quite often. Whether you are on carpool duty, running errands, at the office, or volunteering, you are on the go and find it necessary to eat away from home more often than usual.
If you or your child is on a gluten-free diet, it’s important to have safe food to eat. Planning and packing are two ways to help your travels go more smoothly.
Look into the eating options available for where you’re going. What restaurants are in the area? Do they have a gluten-free menu? Triumph Dining’s Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide will provide you with information about restaurants in numerous cities. Gluten Free Travel Site provides reviews of restaurants in a variety of cities.
If you are traveling overnight, try to find a place with a kitchen or kitchenette. You probably won’t want to prepare every meal there, but having safe food that you can easily access can relieve stress for the gluten-free family member who is wondering what they will be able to eat.
Call ahead and ask hotels and other establishments if they have any gluten-free options. You might be pleasantly surprised. Online searches might also provide you with helpful information from people who have visited the same area.
Take safe food with you. How much you take will depend on how long you will be gone and what access you will have to stores and restaurants where you can purchase more safe food.
I have packed food in a checked suitcase when traveling by air. I include both shelf stable food as well as fresh vegetables and cheese in an insulated bag with a cold pack.
I never enjoy getting sick from eating gluten, but when I’m traveling, it’s even more undesirable. Having gluten-free food with me and knowing where I can find it results in a more pleasant and relaxing trip.
One thing I often carry with me, even when I’ll be away from home for only a matter of hours, is nuts or granola bars. They go a long way in holding me over until my next meal.
Gluten-Free Granola Bars
- 2 cups gluten-free oats
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut (regular or unsweetened)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup honey or agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup small or chopped dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries
1. Combine the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, nuts, flax seeds, and salt in a food processor. Process until well mixed and the almonds are cut into small pieces. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
If you don’t have a food processor, chop the nuts manually and combine the listed ingredients in a large bowl.
2. In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Pour this mixture over the ingredients in the large bowl and stir to evenly coat.
3. Stir in the dried fruit.
4. Place everything in a greased or sprayed 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. Firmly press the mixture down with a spatula or greased fingers. This will help the bars hold together after they are baked.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
6. Cool before cutting. The bars will fall apart if cut while they are still warm.
Note: These granola bars will keep at room temperature for a few days, or you can store them in the refrigerator for at least a week. They also freeze well for later use.