Gluten-Free Pretzel Nut Squares

gluten free pretzel nut squares recipe


Baking is really my true love in the kitchen and even though I probably have more than enough baked sweets on my blog I had to share another recipe with you.
Gluten Free Pretzel Nut Squares.
Why I especially like this recipe is that it bakes in a 9 X 13 pan. Why would that matter? I remember the days when my kids were younger and I needed squares for a kids party, a hockey wind-up, a family bbq or just another large party.
Having a square in a 9 x 13 pan means you have enough squares to feed a gang of people. I like that.
This square recipe is a perfect combo of sweet and salty. The bottom layer is sweet and caramel-like and the top is salty pretzels.
I warn you NOT to make these squares if you are not able to share them with a group. You will be tempted to eat them all and as someone who is working out at the gym a lot it takes a heck of a ton of pushups and sit-ups to burn the calories off.

Gluten-Free Pretzel Nut Squares

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance vegan “butter”, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups GF flour blend (I like to use Compliments gluten free flour blend that is available at Safeway and Sobeys)
  • 1 cup Earth Balance vegan “butter”
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp gluten free vanilla
  • 1 cup GF Glutino pretzels
  • 1 cup nut mixture (I used pumpkin seeds, walnuts and pecans)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer mix the softened vegan “butter” and brown sugar.
  • Add the gluten free flour and mix.
  • Pat crust mixture onto the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • In a small saucepan add the vegan “butter, maple syrup, corn syrup, brown sugar and vanilla and heat on medium-high heat.
  • Stir and let mixture heat to boiling.
  • Once boiling let cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Sprinkle the nuts and the pretzels over the crust.
  • Pour the hot liquid over the top of the bars.
  • Place baking pan back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove and let cool completely before cutting.
  • Pour hot mixture over crust.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free pretzel nut squares recipe
gluten free pretzel nut squares recipe

Raw Gluten-Free Date Bars

Raw Gluten Free Date Bars

Raw Gluten Free Date Bars

 
Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I had successfully lost weight following a physician monitored low carb diet. By following a low carb diet I was able to lose over 50 lbs. I was thrilled of course, relished in being thinner and felt great. My doctor was wonderful and worked with me closely.
Once I had reached my goal Dr. McKenna started to introduce wheat back into my diet, and that’s when things started spiraling out of control. Not only did I gain back the weight very quickly but my thyroid levels went wacky and I started feeling really sick.
I didn’t know at the time that 18 mos of living extreme low carb would clean out my gut, and once they decided to introduce wheat back into my diet I would become very ill. Good news is, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease within the year and was back to feeling good again. The weight? Well, it is still there and then some.
Now, that I have a great feel for gluten free cooking and baking, I am looking for ways to cut back on my carbs again. I will never go extreme low carb again- I don’t want to diet anymore. I’m simply looking for modifications in my gluten free lifestyle and trying to introduce more “grain free” options.
The Paleo/Primal diet is mentioned a lot in blogs now and I feel that  it’s a more moderate form of reducing carbs from your meals. I, however am not looking to add more animal meas into our meals. I want balance! I’m not going back to the old diet days of preparing a different meal for myself and my family. I think we all should be healthier together, no extremes.
So, here is a recipe to start going grain free. To me, this is a recipe that offers a granola bar type option. It is also raw, which keeps the healthy benefits of the nuts in the bars. I saw this recipe on civilizedcavemancooking.com and wanted to modify it to fit my needs. As, I have mentioned I have thyroid disease and Brazil nuts have a good amount of magnesium in them, which promotes thyroid function.
Brazil nuts are very high in calories and fat, but are known to lower LDL, increase HDL, are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, are high in selenium and vitamin E. You only use 1/2 cup of brazil nuts in this recipe, which for me made 12 large bars.

Raw Gluten Free Date Bars

Ingredients
  

  • (adapted from the recipe Apple Pie Caveman Bars)
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried organic apples
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • In your food processor, add dates, brazil nuts and almonds.
  • Process(pulse) until mixture is chopped quite finely.
  • In a large bowl add chopped mixture, chopped apples, spices and melted coconut.
  • Mix well.
  • Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.
  • Add mixture to lined pan and flatten well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Remove from pan and slice into bars.
  • Bars can be individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in refrigerator as a great lunch snack or anytime you feel like a granola bar.
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Raw Gluten Free Date Bars
Raw Gluten Free Date Bars