These gluten-free cookie bars are quick to put together and simple to make. The thing I love most about these healthier cookie bars is that they’re reminiscent of the ooey-gooey Magic Cookie Bars I remember from my childhood.
I made them my way, though, and instead of being drenched in sweetened condensed milk and lots of sugary chocolate and butterscotch chips I opted for more nutrient-dense ingredients.
This recipe is my contribution to Diane’s (The W.H.O.L.E. Gang) 30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living.
What do Magic Cookie Power Bars have to do with living gluten-free the easy way? Well….learning to cook gluten-free gave me to freedom to drop conventional cooking guidelines and be as creative as I want. Once I let go, gluten-free cooking became easy. And fun.
Here’s what I did to transform a traditional sugary cookie into a slightly sweet snack that could pass for a breakfast bar:
- Using quinoa flakes in the crust adds protein, manganese, magnesium, and iron.
- Coconut oil is a healthy fat that is readily converted to energy as opposed to being stored. It’s also thought to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties
- Walnuts not only add great flavor and texture but are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, and manganese, have been shown to decrease LDL and total cholesterol, and can help increase bone health.
- Instead of sweetened condensed milk, I blended almond milk with dates and thickened it with chia seed meal. Chia seeds are a superfood that contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein and antioxidents.
They’ve got all the right ingredients to give you a mid-day boost without a sugar crash. Cooking gluten-free and refined sugar-free has taught me that when there’s a will, there’s a way. You can make anything you want, any way you want.
Other Easy Gluten-Free Living Ideas
- Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup from SS&GF
- Raw Date Truffles from SS&GF
- Grilled Fruit Cobbler from Silvana’s Kitchen
- Gluten-Free CrockPot Bread from A Year of Slow Cooking