Mezcla Protein Bar Peruvian Cocoa Peanut Butter
170 cal, 6g total fat, 20g total carb, 3g fiber, 10 grams protein
Mezcla offers vegan protein bars that celebrates the flavors of the world and all happen to be gluten-free too! Each bar is non-GMO, soy-free, and has 10 grams of pure pea protein. This specific flavor is hands down one of our favorites! It is made with cocoa beans sourced directly from the Andean Mountain regions in Peru, this bar takes your classic chocolatey-PB combo to another level. Each bar sold will contribute 2% to funding art organizations across the country.
What Are Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Starting from the top: crunch bars are typically store-bought candy bars made with chocolate and rice crisp cereal. You can also make your own homemade crunch bars.
Peanut butter crunch bars are crunch bars that are infused with peanut butter flavor. Today, were using just 3 simple ingredients to make the easiest peanut butter crunch bars! Check them out below.
Natural Products Expo East 2021
After a Pandemic Pause, Natural Products Expo East returned in 2021, much to everyone in the industrys relief. Ive been spoiled by having Expo East in my Baltimore backyard for several years, so my personal excitement level was dampened a bit, knowing it would not return to my adopted hometown. Philadelphia would have to do.
Fortunately, I found Philly to be full of life and excitement lots of great museums, culture and restaurants, including Vedge, where we were lucky enough to score reservations one night! so I suppose Ill just have to get used to it!
Oh, and I suppose I should also mention that the Philadelphia Convention Center is just across the street from the Reading Terminal Market, one of the largest oldest public markets in the United States. So what if it was voted #1 Public Market in America? Baltimores Public Markets are still older, predating the Declaration of Independence by more than a decade. Just saying.
But back to The Reading Terminal. It is actually amazing and I love it. You should visit.
Its absolutely stuffed full of produce, seafood, crafts, restaurants and even a cool bar, but what draws me every time is Fox & Sons Fancy Corndogs. Odd, right? Well, I seek out Fox & Sons because of the Funnel Cakes and because the entire stall is gluten free! SO worth the trip!
Now is the part of the story where I actually get into the good stuff: the NEW GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS you came here to read about. And there is some good stuff!
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Gomacro Protein Pleasure Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
280 cal, 11g total fat, 36g total carb, 2g fiber, 11g protein
This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip protein bar is the original MacroBar! Combining 11 grams of plant-based protein with organic and oh-so-creamy peanut butter, roasted peanuts, and fair-trade real dark chocolate chips theres a reason this is one of my all-time favorite gluten-free bars!
Two Recipes Endless Options
Have you ever noticed that most of the recipes out there for homemade protein bars are so specific? I am a fan of baking recipes being specific, since baking is chemistry. But these are no-bake.
Those other recipes either rely on one specific type of protein powder, call for a million different funky ingredients Ive never heard of, or they are one flavor and one flavor only. So frustrating!
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How To Make Gluten
Lemon bars have a shortbread bottom and custardly lemon topping. Youll need a good 1:1 gluten-free flour blendto make both the shortbread and custard topping.
To make the shortbread base, combine all the crust ingredients in your mixer. Youll need a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend, sugar, and softened butter.
Mix the ingredients together well, using your mixer, and youll wind up with a crumbly crust, that, when pressed together, forms the solid base for your lemon bars.
You can see below how I press the mixture in place to form an even layer of crust.
Youll bake the shortbread crust for 17-18 minutes until its set and only par-baked.
While the crust is baking, prepare your lemony custard topping.
Combine all your filling ingredients, including sugar, eggs, 1:1 gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, fresh lemon juice, and lemon zest.
Once the crust is par-baked , pour the egg mixture over the crust and place it back in the oven to continue baking.
Bake for another 18-20 minutes until the lemon topping is set and the edges are only slightly brown.
Be sure to allow the mixture to fully cool before cutting into it, and definitely before topping it with powdered sugar. If you put the powdered sugar on top of warm lemon bars, it will be absorbed into the lemon topping and wont look as pretty.
I usually allow the lemon bars to cool for a full hour at room temperature, then put it in my fridge for a few hours or overnight before I cut into it.
Gluten Free Candy List
Halloween is just around the corner, and while non-food treats are a wonderful safe and all-inclusive way to celebrate, you might also want to find some candies that are safe for your child to eat. I have compiled a list of gluten free candy listed by manufacturer that I based on information provided on the manufacturer websites or that I received via email or on the phone from their customer service department.
**Please remember that ingredient lists can change at any time, so its always best to read the ingredient labels and call the manufacturer directly if youre unsure. Additionally, sometimes the ingredients on a mini version of a candy are processed differently than the regular size version so dont just assume that a mini version is gluten free without double checking. If you have multiple allergies, Celiac Disease Foundation has a great candy list that breaks many candies down by the top 8 allergens.
Hersheys offers a ton of gluten free candy, though most of it also contains dairy and may contain tree nuts and peanuts. Ive copied below the latest gluten free candy list on their site and here is a link to Hersheys website that lists their gluten free products.
Almond Joy Candy All Except Almond Joy Pieces Candy
Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Snack Bars
Dagoba Products All
Hersheys CocoaHersheys Special Dark CocoaHersheys Dutch Cocoa
Hersheys Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds
Hersheys Milk Duds All
Hersheys Special Dark Snack Bars
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Some Favorite Flavor Combinations For Homemade Granola Bars:
The possibilities for homemade soft granola bars are nearly endless! You could make a different batch every week for months without running out of flavor combinations! All you need is about 1/2 cup mix-ins for each batch. Some of our favorite combinations are:
- Chocolate + Dried Cherries = 1/4 cup dried cherries + 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Coconut + Macadamia Nut = 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut + 1/4 cup chopped macadamia nuts
- Chocolate Strawberry = 1/4 cup chocolate chips + 1/4 cup chopped freeze-dried strawberries
- Vanilla Almond & Sea Salt = Sub 2 Tbsp. honey for maple syrup + 1/3-1/2 cup sliced almonds + 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
- Coconut Chocolate = 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut + 1/4 cup chocolate chips +1/4 tsp coconut or almond extract
- Cherry Almond = 1/4 cup dried cherries + 1/4 cup dried almonds + 1/4-1/2tsp. almond extract.
- Trail Mix = 1/4 cup mixed dried fruit + 1/4 cup mixed nuts & seeds
- Monster Cookie = 1/4 cup peanuts + 1/4 cup M& M candies
- Cranberry Almond = 1/4 cup dried cranberries + 1/4 cup sliced almond
- Chocolate Hazelnut = 1/4 cup chocolate chips + 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- Cinnamon Raisin Cookie = 1/2 cup raisins + 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Mixed Berries = 1/2 cup diced freeze dried berries, such as strawberries + raspberries + blueberries
Need more combination ideas? Check out some of our favorite flavors for trail mix! All of them work beautifully here.
No Bake Gluten Free And Vegan Protein Bars
If you asked me how many protein and/or energy bars I’ve tried, I’d be at a loss. Builder, Luna, Kind, Power Crunch, Lära, Zing, Pro Bar, Amazing Grass, pure, and plenty of others that I can’t remember. There was a period of time where I would find myself at the checkout with 3-5 different brands and flavors. Occasionally, I could almost see the cashier’s confusion in bubble thought form above her head. “Can’t this chick make up her mind?” And no, I couldn’t. I never found one that won me over 100%.
Then we made our own. Each bite starts with a chewy brownie crust, followed by a thick, creamy, peanut-butter-flavored layer. The light chocolate drizzle and sprinkle of hemp seeds adds a hint of sweetness and a crackling finale to the bars. At 16 grams of protein each, you can consider me a repeat customer.
Two bowls, a food processor, and a parchment-lined baking pan are the only necessities for this recipe. With just a few, fool-proof steps, these come together in under 20 minutes. Chill them for an hour and you’ve got snacks for at least a week’s time.
I admit, I have a soft spot for homemade granola bars, but these serve another set of needs. Where our granola bars are sweet, fruity, and light, these are hearty, filling, and indulgent .
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The Homemade Protein Bars Were Better Than Packaged
My kids couldnt get enough of these bars. They had even gotten good enough that my husband mentioned them out of the blue one day.
You know, those protein bars were really good. Thats high praise for him.
My kids had started asking, Are those bars hard to make? Thats code for please make them again.
I also get are these bars good for you? Thats also code for can I eat them all day every day and be healthy? I also get the same sort of questions when I make my protein pancakes!
Homemade Crunch Bars With 3 Simple Ingredients
- Chocolate Chips use your favorite chocolate chips to make your own favorite homemade crunch bars.
- Coconut Oil you can use 1 teaspoon of peanut butter in place of the coconut oil, or skip it altogether!
- Rice Crisp Cereal you can use that blue box of rice crisp cereal you might have on hand, or try this vegan gluten free rice crisp cereal.
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Readers Favorite Gf Snack Bars
We asked our readers about their favorite bars. Most of these bars are not certified gluten-free, but the companies that make them have good manufacturing processes in place to test for gluten. We polled the Gluten Free & More team and everyone agreed with our readers favorites.
Heres a closer look at some of our readers favorite brands of gluten-free bar. See our chart for nutritional details and for GF& Ms reviews of other great gluten-free bars.
|Readers Favorite GF Snack Bars|
|Any other brand||37%|
|Availability plays a factor. Top-pick bars are widely distibuted. Most of these bars are not certified gluten-free but the companies have good manufacturing processes in place to test for gluten.|
KIND bars are everywherefrom gas stations to airports. We love the variety and accessibility of these tasty bars. Options range from sweet and savory bars to grain bars, breakfast bars, protein bars and fruit bars. Readers love KINDs unique spices as well as the satisfying crunch of their nut and seed bars.
Allergens: Many contain peanuts and tree nuts. Some contain dairy and soy. All are processed in a facility with peanuts, soy and tree nuts.
Allergens: All contain peanuts and/or tree nuts.
Allergens: All bars contain or may contain dairy, peanuts, soy or tree nuts.
Allergens: Contains eggs and tree nuts made on equipment that processes dairy, peanuts, soy.
Benefits Of Protein Bars
Protein bars are also a good alternative if you are dealing with a suppressed appetite when you just cant stomach a full meal after a hard workout, it can often be easier to nibble on a ready to eat bar. They help to boost your energy. While it is always best to get your nutrition from whole foods, if you want to use protein bars as workout and recovery fuel, you should know when to fuel up. Aim for eating a protein bar or nutritious snack roughly between 20 and 45 minutes before your workout , and refueling with a protein bar or nutritious snack within 45 minutes of ending your workout.
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What Are Gluten
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Although gluten is not a problem for most people, some individuals with food allergies, Celiac Disease, or other sensitivities may not tolerate it. Gluten-free grains and seeds include sorghum, quinoa, gluten-free oats, teff, amaranth, and brown rice.
Why I Love Em
These gluten-free lemon bars have a lot going for them.
For starters, the crust is soft, flakey, and buttery. You bite into it and the crust just melts in your mouth.
Furthermore, the custardy topping is sweet and lemony and has a wonderful texture that is hard to describe. You can taste the fresh-squeezed lemon and lemon zest bits. People will go crazy for your lemon bars I promise!
Top them with a sprinkle of powdered sugar for an elevated taste and appeal.
I cut my gluten-free lemon bars into 16 small squares, allowing each person to enjoy 5-6 bites of sweetness. Eat em slow and savory all the flavors that sing in your mouth.
Anyway you slice them, Im certain you will love these gluten-free lemon bars and it will be a go-to dessert recipe when youre asked to bring a non-chocolate dessert.
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Easy 4 Ingredient No Bake Protein Bars
A quick and easy recipe for homemade no bake protein bars made with just 4 ingredients! These vegan and gluten-free protein bars take 5 minutes- Youll never buy packaged protein bars again! Thick, chewy and satisfying snack bars under 80 calories! Sugar Free, Low Carb, Low Calorie.
Protein bars are a daily staple in my snacking life. Since Ive started working out regularly, Im in need of a healthy high protein snack several times a day.
Ive moved away from buying expensive high protein energy bars from the stores, for several reasons.
Sorry for yelling, but reallyhow do you a snack bar high protein if it only has 2 grams?
Ive tried most packaged protein snack bars on the market and lets just say there have been some duds. Some of the bars I tried had a gritty taste and texture, and others were so soft, they were like chewing gum.
Lets not talk about one particular protein bar which was like edible punishment
Ever since then, homemade protein bars have been a staple in my diet. The beauty of making your own homemade bars is that you know exactly what goes into them. It may seem cumbersome and time-consuming to making healthy no bake protein bars, but really- It could not be any easier and they take 5 minutes!