[Post #28 for 365 days of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Portable Power Pucks]
Homemade granola bars are easy to make.
Slicing granola bars into neat, perfectly-portioned bars? Not so much. Without the magic of industrial machinery, it can be pretty crumb-y.
Which is why i am so excited for you to try these delectable, crispy-crunchy wonders. These would fall into the nightmare category for slicing, but in delightful, adorable, oh-so-portable puck form, no knives are required: simply press into place, chill, and pop out.
More things in life should be this simple.
In place of nuts, these pucks get their crunch from raw buckwheat groats, Never tried them? Now is your first (of many) chances. Pinch of few straight from the bag: light, crispy, and nutty, ideal for no-bake pucks as well as all varieties of recipes you already have that call for a sprinkle of nuts or seeds.
Beyond great taste and crunch, you will also love what buckwheat–which despite its name, contains no wheat, nor gluten–can do to power your day. It is high in fiber, packed with antioxidants– rutin, tannins and catechin − provides a high source of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
And then there’s the shape: the individual grain/seeds (called “groats”) resemble tiny tri-corn hats. It’s hard not to love that.
I hope the weekend is as beautiful in your neck of the woods as it is here in Texas. It’s a great day for running, swimming, biking, hiking, walking, gardening, or all of the above! Just be sure to pack a few pucks for breaks along the way!
- 1 cup crisp rice cereal (see notes for options)
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- ⅓ cup raw buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup dried cherries, chopped (or dried fruit of choice)
- 2 tablespoons creamy nut or seed butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- Grease or spray 10 cups of a standard size muffin tin.
- In a medium bowl, combine the crisp rice cereal, oats, buckwheat groats and cherries.
- In a small saucepan set over medium heat, cook and stir the nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and salt until mixture is melted and bubbling, Immediately pour over cereal mixture, stirring until well-coated. Divide mixture between the prepared cups. Using the bottom of a round measuring cup (grease or spray the bottom), firmly tamp down the mixture in each cup to compact.
- Refrigerate pucks at least 2 hours (or freeze for 45 to 60 minutes) until hard. Run a knife around edge of cup and gently pop out each puck.
Puffed/Crisp Cereal: If using a crisp rice cereal, be sure to get a certified gluten-free brand if you are strictly gluten-free; otherwise, regular rice kirspies cereal is fine. You can also use puffed quinoa or puffed millet in its place (both are gluten-free).
Coconut Butter: ¼ cup coconut butter (purchased or DIY coconut butter) can be used to replace both the coconut oil and the nut/seed butter.