Homemade (Gluten Free) Granola Bars with Pistachio, Cocoa, and Cherry
These healthy gluten free Granola Bars are easy to make at home and cut out many of the unhealthy sugars and preservatives found in commercial brands. Full of chocolate, dried cherries, and pistachios, adults and kids alike will love them!
Mix the oats, chopped pistachios,cocoa, cherries, unsweetened shredded coconut, salt, and flax seeds together in a bowl.
In a saucepan melt the coconut oil, brown sugar and honey until just liquid. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix until well coated. Beat 2 egg whites with the vanilla extract until frothy and mix into the other ingredients.
Spread the granola bar mixture onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and spread out the mix until it evenly covers the surface of the pan. With wet hands lightly pack it down. Bake on 300F for 20 to 30 minutes.The mixture will still look kind of wet and soft, don't worry it will harden and crisp up as it cools.
Let the pan cool for about 5 minutes and then cut the sheet of granola into bar sized portions.Let cool until completely set and then separate your homemade granola bars.
The pistachios and dried cherries can be switched out for your own combination of fruit and nuts