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Gluten-Free Tuesday: Apple Cherry Cereal Bars

[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

What was the first recipe you learned how to make? If we remove cinnamon toast from the running, I think mine was Rice Krispie* Treats. Like most kids, I loved those cereal bars and learning how to make them on my own was pretty exciting--especially the part where you melted marshmallows!

Today I see cereal bars for what they really are: no-bake cookie bars.They're perfect when you want something sweet and crunchy right now.

Since we haven't made a no-bake recipe in Gluten-Free Tuesday, I thought I'd share my current favorite cereal bar recipe. Like most cereal bars, they're nothing fancy. The recipe uses two types of gluten-free cereal, crunchy "bake-dried" apples and chewy dried cherries plus ground flax seeds. When I mentioned to a friend that the recipe contained flax she said, "Good! I can think of this as health food!" I reminded her that these are cereal bars, not health bars. I just add the flax because I like the flavor.

Ingredient Notes:

If you can't find Glutino's Apple and Cinnamon Rings, use any gluten-free "o" cereal (such as Nature's Path Whole O's) and add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the recipe.

Bake-Dried Apples
If you can't find bake-dried apples (I use Bare Fruit), use dried apple rings. Chop the dried apple rings into bite-size pieces before using.

*Rice Krispies by Kellogg's are not gluten-free. I ate the bars before
going gluten-free.

About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of joins us every Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America and Mount Mary College. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking.

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