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There are lots of tasty gluten-free snack bars on the market these days. But, if you don’t like the price, or the extra ingredients that may be in them, consider making your own.
With six simple ingredients, this recipe is easy to adjust to your own taste. I just used up what we had in our pantry. The whole family ate these up in no time. (Chocolate gets them every time!)
Enjoy these for a snack, a quick breakfast on-the-go, a protein burst after school, or even a sweet treat.
Cashew Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars
3/4 Cup Almond Butter (or other nut butter of your choice)
3/4 Cup Honey (or agave)
1-1/2 Cup Cashews (I used roasted but not salted.)
1 Cup Dried Cherries
4 to 5 Cups Gluten-Free Crispy Rice Cereal (Kellogg’s GF , Erewhon’s Cereal or EnviroKidz)
3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks (Use Enjoy Life to make it dairy-free.)
- Combine the almond butter and honey together in a pot over medium heat on the stove. Stir until well blended. Take off the heat and let it cool while you continue with the recipe.
- Line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper. It doesn’t need to be perfectly lined, it just makes shaping the bars and removing the bars from the pan easier. You can also use a jelly roll pan, or simply a sheet of parchment paper on the counter.
- Place the cashews and dried cherries in a food processor, and give it a whirl until they are chopped into pieces. (Or get out a knife and cutting board, and chop by hand.) Pour it all into a large bowl.
- Add the cereal and chocolate chunks to the large bowl of ingredients. Then, pour the nut butter/honey mixture on top of the ingredients in the large bowl. Use a spatula to mix all the ingredients together. (If the honey mixture is hot it will melt the chocolate. If you want the chocolate chips to remain as chips, make sure the honey mixture has had enough time to cool.)
- Press the mixture into the lined 9 x 13 pan with a spatula, or use a sheet of parchment or wax paper on top and press it with your hands.
- Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, or place in the refrigerator for an hour to set.
- Once set, lift the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and place on a cutting board. Use a pizza cutter or large knife to cut the bars into the size and shape you want. Makes 18-24 depending on how you cut them.
- To store these yummy treats, wrap the bars in plastic wrap or place in a sealed container. They don’t last longer than a week or two at our house on the counter. If you plan to keep them longer, you may want to store in the refrigerator.
- I’ve made these with a variety of ingredients: almonds, dates, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. Choose your favorites or try a mix of nuts and dried fruit. Macadamia nuts with dried apricots is yummy! I’m trying Sunbutter next.
- Don’t be afraid to press these into the pan very firmly. They will stay together better if you do.
- I like to use the mega chocolate chunks because the warm almond butter and honey will partially melt them (as in the picture above).
This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, where you’ll find more ideas for eating gluten-free!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A POST ON AUG. 26, 2013.
Giveaway details listed below. If you missed the first two reviews I wrote of the Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Doughs, you may want to read them, too: Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Pillsbury® Gltuen-Free Pizza Dough.
Now, for the last of their current doughs available — Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Pie and Pastry Dough.
Earlier this year, my son discovered the joy of my mother’s apple crumb pie. He raves about it every time apple pie, or any pie, is mentioned. So, when I received Pillsbury pie dough in the mail, apple pie was immediately requested (perhaps demanded).
However, when shopping at the farmers’ market last week, I just couldn’t resist the fresh peaches. And, when the vendor offered me a flat of bruised peaches to me for a big discount, I knew I was going to make a Peach Crumb Pie instead. My son was a little disappointed that it wasn’t “Grandma’s Apple Pie,” but he seemed to enjoy the peach pie just the same. And, then I made him an Apple Crumb Pie, too.
When, I first opened the tub of pie crust dough, it looked dry and crumbly. Don’t let that discourage you. It only takes a little kneading to get the dough to a smooth consistency. When I made the apple pie, I rolled out the dough using parchment paper on the bottom and plastic wrap on the top. The crust tore a little when transferring to the pie tin, but it was easily fixed by pressing the dough together again with my fingers. For the Peach Pie, I didn’t even roll out the dough. Just pressing the dough into the pie tin works just as well, and I think it’s faster and easier. The results? We’ll, it isn’t a buttery, flaky, homemade pie crust. It is made with oil, and behaves like an oil pie crust. That didn’t bother us a bit. We all loved the taste and texture of the crust as it was — rolled or pressed out, it was very tasty and had a nice tender crumb to it.
Each tub of pie and pastry dough makes two 9″ pie crusts. So, I used half the dough for the crust and the other half for the crumb topping. What a time saver! This really is the easiest gluten-free crumb pie I’ve ever made. With the dough already made, preparing the peaches takes the most time. But if you’ve got farm fresh peaches, the pit and skin remove very easily. Easy peasy!
Gluten-Free Peach Pie with Crumb Topping Recipe
- Pillsbury® Gluten-Free Pie Crust Dough, 1 tub (15.8 oz.)
- 7-9 Fresh Peaches – sliced, peeled and pit removed
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 Tbsp Corn Starch or Tapioca Flour
- 1/4 Cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400° F. Prepare the peaches by removing the pits, peeling off the skin, and slicing.
- Remove the gluten-free pie dough from the tub and cut in half. You’ll use one half for the bottom crust and the other half for the crumb topping.
- For the crust: Dump 1/2 of the pie dough into a pie tin. Knead the dough with your hands until it is smooth. Now flatten and push the dough into the pie tin until it evenly covers the entire inside of the tin and becomes the crust. I like to push a little extra dough to the edge of the tin, so that I can pinch the edges of the dough with my fingers to create a decorative edge.
- For the filling: Place the peach slices into the pie crust and arrange so that you get the most fruit in as possible. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cornstarch. Then, sprinkle it evenly over the top of the peaches in the pie tin.
- Using the same small bowl, use a fork to mix together the 1/4 Cup sugar and remaining pie crust dough. Just combine (and fluff?) until crumbly. Now pour the crumb mixture on top of the pie, carefully covering the entire pie.
- Place the pie in the oven and bake at 400º for 40 min. I used a Pie Crust Shield to keep the edges of the crust from burning. You could use strips of foil instead, as Pillsbury’s baking directions suggest.
Additional notes about the pie dough:
- There was no need to grease the pie tin. I didn’t have problems with the pie crust sticking to the tin.
- The directions for baking the crust says to bake at 425° F. I opted to bake a little longer at 400° instead.
- “Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Water, Corn Starch, Modified Potato Starch, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Rice Flour, Whole Sorghum Flour, Fructose. Contains 2% or less of: Sugar, Salt, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Guar Gum, Citric Acid.
- I paid $4.99 in the grocery store. (Pillsbury® sent me one tub to try, but I bought another tub myself to make an apple pie, too.)
- I thought the crust tasted great, and I loved the ease of working with the dough. Now I am thinking about trying some of the ideas below as well as a few new ideas of my own.
More recipe inspiration:
- Pillsbury® already has some great gluten-free recipes to offer using this gluten-free pie and pastry dough. Check them all out: Bacon Cheese Appetizers, Spinach Mini-Quiches, Cherry Hand Pies, Apple Caramel Pie, and Chocolate Tarts.
- Try Lindsay’s Baked Banana and Bacon Pastry Cups with Maple Syrup and Mini GF Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutzo Pies at Cotter Crunch
- Gluten-Free Mini Cherry Pies at Mom Spark
- Healthy Basil-Bacon Quiche at Oatmeal in My Bowl
- Gluten-Free Strawberry Pie at Jo Lynne Shane’s Musings of a Housewife
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Pie at Gluten Is My Bitch
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A POST ON AUG. 26, 2013.
Pillsbury® has agreed to let one of Celiac Family’s readers try the new products, too!
What: Premium Baking Set with a Cookie Sheet, Pie Tin, and Pizza Cutter, and coupons for free Pillsbury® gluten-free dough.
When: Beginning now and continuing through Aug. 23, 2013. One winner will be announced on Aug. 26, 2016.
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