GLUTEN-FREE PUMPKIN OATMEAL BARS

What you need:

1 1/4 cups brown rice flourScreen shot 2013-01-04 at 5.22.47 PM
3/4 cup oat bran cereal
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp. molasses
1/2 cup brown flaxseed meal (golden)
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup canned mashed pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups oats, rolled, quick cooking
1 cup raisins (unsulfured)

How to do it:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set aside an ungreased baking sheet with sides.

2. Mix the first 7 ingredients together (brown rice flour through sea salt).

3. In another bowl mix together the sugar, brown sugar, molasses, flaxseed meal, canola oil, pumpkin and vanilla extract; blend well. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar/molasses mixture. Blend well; stir in oats and raisins, incorporate well.

4. Press dough into the baking sheet and spread out to the sides of pan. Bake for approximately 20-22 minutes (do not over-bake).

5. Remove from oven and cut bars with heatproof spatula. Leave in pan to cool. When cooled remove to zip-lock bag for fresh-keeping. Can be stored 3-4 days, or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

 

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