If you often eat on-the-go and want an option that’s more frugal than expensive pre-made bars, these homemade Chocolate Chip Walnut Snack Bars are a hit at my house.
Most of the time, I make bars for my husband and son on a weekly basis. My son, in particular, uses them for taking to school (he commutes to college). Since I make them regularly, I like to have a variety of recipes so they don’t get tired of eating the same thing. I also want something that holds up well enough to be wrapped up and eaten as a bar without falling apart.
Below is my newest version that I’ve been making a lot lately. This recipe uses sorghum flour and contains no rice flour. I’m trying to use less rice flour because of arsenic in rice. It also contains psyllium husk, which I use in place of xanthan gum to help the bars hold together. I have not tried this recipe with xanthan gum, but it could probably be substituted.
I think these bars are a little on the sweet side, so sometimes I use less sugar. But these would also work as a dessert cookie type bar, in which case you should use the full amount of sugar or add more to taste. You can also try using a sugar substitute. I have successfully used coconut sugar.
- 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup sorghum flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour or starch
- 1/2 cup sugar (could use less)
- 1 teaspoon psyllium husk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flours, sugar, psyllium, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Add the coconut oil and stir to combine.
- Add the beaten eggs, vanilla, and honey and stir again until all the flour is moistened.
- Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
- Place the mixture in the baking pan and spread it out and press down firmly. I use my hand inside a baggie for this.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350° or until brown on top and done in the center.
To make bars, I make one cut in the middle going lengthwise. Then I cut in half the other direction, cut each half in half and then cut each of those in half.