Sunday, September 12, 2010

Gluten-Free Fall Specials: Granola Bars and Breakfast Tips from The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Happy Sunday! Yesterday, I was busily packing when I suddenly realized I needed to put up Sunday's Gluten-Free Fall Specials post. Yikes! Do you ever find that the more you have to do the faster time goes? That's certainly been the case this past week. I don't even know what day it is most of the time. Today's post was supposed to be from Shirley of Gluten Free Easily, but like me (and I imagine like most of you), this month has been hectic for her, so Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker is treating us with some wonderful breakfast ideas today. Perfect for a Sunday, right? And Shirley will be here on Tuesday with a recipe that I've heard got rave reviews. 

Now, Linda's blog is one of the first I found when I started eating gluten-free. I feel a little bit like I have a celebrity here today because she's so well-known in the gluten-free blogging world! Every Wednesday, Linda hosts Gluten-Free Wednesdays, which is a great place to start if you're looking for new recipes. She also has a ton of her own fabulous recipes, including one for pumpkin pie, which made my top ten list last year! Today, Linda's sharing a recipe with us that I've had on my "must-try" list for months.
Here in Maryland we had record-breaking heat this summer.  I am simply not a summer person.  I like cold weather.  I like snow.  I like to use my oven.  When the heat hits, I quit using my oven.  It’s nice for a change to be forced to use other methods of cooking, but I miss my oven.  So, I’m glad September is here and we’ve had a few days that were pleasantly warm rather than hot.  September also means that kids are back to school and in need of a good breakfast.  Mornings can be hectic, though, so providing a relatively fast breakfast can be important too.  Here are a few ideas for a homemade gluten-free breakfast.

These items can be made ahead and frozen or refrigerated, then reheated in a microwave or toaster:
•    waffles
•    pancakes
•    muffins
•    sausage
•    scrambled eggs

Here are a couple of things you can put together the night before, then bake in the morning:
•    breakfast casserole – there are different recipes, but here’s one I like.
•    baked oatmeal – could also be baked the day before

If you want something that doesn’t require any heating at all, try:
•    granola
•    granola bars

I know Iris has some great recipes here, but if you need more, take a look through my breakfast recipes. Here is a recipe for granola bars that I really enjoy.  They hold up well and can be packed for snacks or lunches. 


Gluten-Free Granola Bars

•    2 c. gluten free oats*
•    1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
•    1 c. sunflower seeds
•    1 c. nuts (I used cashews)
•    1/4 c. ground flax seed
•    1/2 tsp. salt
•    3/4 c. nut butter
•    3/4 c. agave nectar

  1. Combine the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, nuts, flax seeds, and salt in a food processor and process until well mixed and in small pieces.  I had to do this in batches since I don’t have a large food processor. Put in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the nut butter and agave nectar. Pour this over the ingredients in the large bowl and stir to evenly coat.  
  3. Place everything in a greased/sprayed jelly roll pan and pat it down with a spatula or greased fingers. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.   Cool before cutting.  They will keep at room temperature for a few days, or you can store them  in the refrigerator for at least a week.  They freeze well for long term storage.
*Not all oats are gluten-free.  Be sure to look for certified gluten-free oats such as Bob’s Red Mill or Cream Hill Estates.

Linda has been on a gluten-free diet since 2000 when she was diagnosed with celiac disease.  She lives with her husband and three teenage boys, two of which she home schools.  Her family enjoys her gluten-free cooking and baking, even though they are not exclusively gluten-free.  In 2008 she began blogging at The Gluten-Free Homemaker where she shares her recipes and tips with the gluten-free community.

Thank you, Linda! I think I need to take this recipe off of my "must-try" list and actually make it! For more delicious gluten-free recipes, stop by The Gluten-Free Homemaker (and if you get a chance, make her pumpkin pie!). Come back on Wednes Tuesday to see what Shirley is bringing us! (I still don't know which day is which. On Wednesday I'll be on a plane to Seattle!)


gfe--gluten free easily said...

These look so tasty, Linda! Like Iris, I've had these on my "must try" list for too long. I haven't made granola bars since going gf, so that's an awfully long spell without them. ;-) Thanks for the helpful tips on breakfast, especially because so many keep the heat out of the kitchen. Like you, I try to keep our house cool during the summer and giving up on baking is no fun. I am thrilled when using the oven becomes the norm as the temps drop! I do love the summer for sunshine and time at our mountain/river property though. ;-)

Special thanks to you and Iris both for working with me on the posting schedule!


Sophie said...

Oooh,...what I love these lovely posts!! It is all about shring good info & recipes about all things GF.

These GF bars look like the real deal!!

Alea said...

Such a delicious and healthy snack! I am going to make these this week.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Good ideas! And I love granola bars. Might have to try these.


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