Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars for #RecipeReDux

I’m taking a poll.

Do you bring your lunch to work?

Since there are very few restaurants near my office (and even if there were, I rarely have time to run out for a bite to eat), the only other non-homemade lunch option is our work cafeteria … affectionately know as the “barf-a-teria.”

Yeah … I try to bring my lunch to work as often as I can.

Now, the real challenge in all this? Coming up with creative and healthy lunch ideas for every day of the work week. Luckily for me (and you!), this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is “bars and bites for brown bags” … in other words, lots of great ideas to you keep you from getting stuck in a boring lunchtime rut.

My contribution to the cause? Gluten-free chocolate cranberry granola bars!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars

Heavily adapted from Love and Olive Oil, these granola bars are packed with healthy ingredients … and they’re super simple to make so you can easily whip up a batch that will last you all week!

The other great thing about these delightfully chocolate-y, delightfully fruity granola bars? They’re easily adaptable to whatever you have on hand.

I had some Udi’s gluten-free cranberry granola in my pantry, but any loose granola would work as well. Don’t like pecans? Either switch up the nut or leave it out completely. No brown rice syrup in the house? Use honey! And of course, you could substitute brown sugar for the coconut sugar as well … and any dried fruit would be a perfect replacement for the cranberries.

Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag, or a retro cartoon character lunch box, make sure to pack one of my gluten-free chocolate cranberry granola bars. And, hey … they’re great for breakfast too!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free granola
  • 1 cup pecan chips
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

Directions:

  1. Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, making sure parchment hangs over the sides of the dish.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the granola and pecans.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the brown rice syrup, butter, and coconut sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, then stir in the vanilla extract and salt. Pour over the granola mixture, then stir until evenly coated. Stir in the chocolate chips and dried cranberries until evenly mixed (the chocolate chips will melt).
  4. Press the granola mixture firmly into the prepared baking dish. Refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  5. Remove the granola from the baking dish using the parchment paper to lift it out. Transfer the granola to a cutting board. Cut in half crosswise, then into 8 to 10 rectangular bars, depending on the size you want to make them.
  6. The granola bars will keep, layered between parchment or waxed paper in an airtight container, for up to one week.
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Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars

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  • Alex @ delicious-knowledge.com

    These look so so so good! Can’t wait to try them! Just pinned for later :)

  • Serene @ House Of Yumm

    These look wonderful! What a great snack idea :)

  • sarah

    Yumm, I’m seeing tons of these delicious granola bar recipes for this months theme!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  • Thespicyrd

    Fabulous!!! I love pecans, so would definitely keep those in, and, come to think of it, I don’t think I would change a thing!

  • diane boyd

    Those are some good looking granola bars!!!! Nice recipe!!!!!

  • Genevieve Yam

    Any recipe with chocolate is a keeper ;)

  • http://fairyburger.com Farrah

    Once I find my granola collection (…I still can’t understand how I managed to misplace a ginormous box of a billion bags of awesome granola), I’m gonna have to try these out! :D

    I like making huge batches of food over the weekend so I can eat it throughout the course of the week. Saves a whole ton of money and it’s so much healthier! :]

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly

    Since I work at home, I don’t but when I worked in the city, I try to bring it almost daily. These really turned out looking fantastic!!

  • Jocelyn

    These look glorious! I’m loving the chocolate and cranberry together! :)

  • Toni | BoulderLocavore.com

    Love this! I made some similar bars last fall and my family loved them. We are also gluten-free so bookmarking this!

  • http://www.chocolatewithgrace.com Mallory | Chocolate with Grace

    Yep! I pack my lunch everday! And I love new easy ideas to add to it. These look delicious!

  • http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/ Wendy | Around My Family Table

    My kids love taking homemade granola bars and I love having them on-hand on the go. These look delish!

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I love granola bars, especially homemade- pinning!

  • http://www.itsyummi.com/ Becca Heflin

    I work from home, so I guess technically, I do take my lunch to work! These granola bars look awesome!