Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

These Dairy Free and Gluten Free Salted Caramel Pretzel Bars are everything you want…and more!

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

Ingredients for Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

These decadent, layered bars consist of three layers of heavenly goodness. To make all the layers you will need these ingredients.

  • Your favorite natural peanut butte
  • Oat flour (or oats)
  • Powdered peanut butter
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Local honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • Vegan/Dairy free butter
  • Unflavored collagen
  • Gluten free pretzels
  • Your favorite Dairy free chocolate

You could also omit the collagen and swap the honey for maple syrup to make these vegan. If you omit the collagen, reduce the honey needed in the caramel layer by 1-2 Tbsp.

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

How Do I Create The Layers?

The freezer is your best friend in this no-bake recipe. To create the layers you will combine all of the bottom layer ingredients and then freeze it for at least 45 minutes. After the bottom layer is frozen and will not easily stick to your hands, you add the caramel layer on top of the bottom (base layer) evenly spreading it across the entire layer.

Once the caramel layer is added you will then add the crushed pretzels and return to the freezer for one hour. Once the caramel layer is frozen its time for the decadent top chocolate layer which consists of melting vegan butter and chocolate in a microwave in increments of 30 seconds at a time.

Once the chocolate mixture is smooth and there are no bumps it is time to pour it on the caramel layer. As with the previous layer, you will evenly spread it and then spread the crushed pretzel on top of it.

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

The repeated motion of storing this in the freezer and waiting for them to set may seem daunting, but it is a rather simple recipe that involves most of the same ingredients, just different quantities in the layers.

Also, while these are setting you can feel free to catch up on your latest Netflix or Hulu TV show and sit back and relax. I can assure you that the time spent storing these in the freezer is well spent. If the layers are not stored in the freezer long enough the layers will start to mix and the bars will look as if they slightly melted.

So, I advise you to store these in the freezer for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour per layer.

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

These are Rich Bars!

These are decadent bars, with a capital D, which means they are rich and can be a bit much for some people to have (pallet wise).

To make these bars less rich, I recommend reducing the chocolate you use, making them thinner, or cutting the bars into 16 pieces, as apposed to 12.

For example, you can make the top chocolate layer a drizzle instead of a thick layer, cutting the chocolate in half. This way you can still get the chocolate flavor, but just not as much of it.

Before someone comments, these are not low-calorie bars. However, they are made with wholesome ingredients, no artificial sweeteners, and are packed with over 10 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, making them very filling! I have provided a rough estimate of the nutrition, but it is just that, an estimate. As with anything, moderation is key my friends :).

Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

Cheers to you if you’ve read this far! Please comment below and let me know if you have any questions or how these turned out for you.

I invite you to view some of my favorite gluten free recipes that you don’t want to miss!

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Gluten Free Salted Caramel Crunch Pretzel Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 1 hour + 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Snack
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These no-bake layered bars are rich and nestled in a thick layer of dairy free salted caramel. 


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Ingredients

Bottom layer

  • 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp oat flour (you can make this by blending oats to a pulp)
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 23 Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Caramel Layer

  • 1/4 cup whipped vegan butter (or normal butter)
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 5 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 scoops collagen (you can omit, but if you do reduce your honey by 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup pretzels crushed (Gluten free pretzels)

Top Layer

  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 2 Tbsp vegan whipped butter
  • 5 oz milk chocolate melted
  • Optional: sea salt

Instructions

Bottom layer

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Warm the honey and peanut butter together in a small bowl by microwaving it for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and give it a good stir. The dough will be very thick. if you find it is sticky, add more flour.
  4. Move the thick mixture to an 8×8 pan by evenly distributing the layer and store in the freezer for 45 minutes-1 hour.

Caramel layer

  1. Melt all ingredients together, except for the vanilla, collagen, and pretzels, in a small bowl for 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
  2. Add the vanilla and collagen into the mixture. The caramel should be sticky and will be thick. 
  3. Add the caramel sauce on top of the bottom layer. 
  4. Sprinkle crushed pretzels over the caramel and store in the freezer for a minimum of 45 minutes.

Top Layer

  1. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds. Take it out of the microwave every 30 seconds giving it a good stir. Watch it carefully as you don’t want the chocolate to burn. The chocolate will be done when it is smooth and there is no bits that appear.
  2. Pour the chocolate over the pretzel/caramel layer. Be sure to spread it to the corners.
  3. Add the crushed pretzels to the top and sprinkle a dash of sea salt.
  4. Store in the freezer, one last time for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. After the bars have froze, cut them into 12 pieces and enjoy!

Notes

*If you omit collagen in this recipe reduce the honey by at least 1 Tbsp in the caramel layer.
*These can be made vegan if you omit the collagen and swap the honey for maple syrup. 
*The nutrition has been roughly calculated, so it is an estimate.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 372
  • Sugar: 23
  • Fat: 20
  • Carbohydrates: 37
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 11

Keywords: No-bake, honey, dessert bars, salted caramel, salted caramel bars, dairy free bars, collagen, gluten free bars, gluten free

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I’m not playing when it comes to these chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie bars! These are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and easily Vegan by swapping out just one ingredient!

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The Main Reasons I Love These Bars

Now, as a Gluten Free Gal I can say that making any type of cookies makes me nervous and I am sure you all know what I am talking about…

That’s right! The crumby, dry, and borderline un-bakeable texture that usually are accompanied by gluten free cookies.

But you can have peace of mind when baking these because they are 100% chewy, moist, and most of all a bit melty in the middle, which pairs greatly with ice cream!

You may be wondering, what makes these not crumble like a nature valley bar as soon as you touch it? That would be starch my friends! This includes all starches, like corn starch, potato starch, and arrowroot starch. When adding a starch it acts as the main binder and basically makes that crumble situation disappear.

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate chip cookie bars

This is what you’ll need to make these Magical Bars:

  • Almond butter and peanut butter (the drippier the better)
  • Plant based butter
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Potato Starch
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour
  • Sea salt
  • Non-dairy mini chocolate chips
Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It may seem long, but every ingredient has a place and contributes to a chewy chocolate chip cookie bar. As mentioned before, the potato starch will act as the main binder.

You can also feel free to substitute the potato starch with arrowroot starch or cornstarch, you will just have to adjust the amount you add. For every Tablespoon of potato starch you should substitute with 2 tsp of arrowroot starch and cornstarch can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio. I admit I didn’t try substituting these in the recipe, but from my research and general knowledge of baking with starches these substitutions should be very similar since they are all starches.

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These are a Triple Threat! They are:

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Vegan (with one swap)

So, that means when you bring these to a party or a potluck, everyone can enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar deliciousness!

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Also, when looking at the nutritional information remember the key here is Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie bars as these are a healthier alternative to the leading cookie usually has more than 20 grams of sugar and less than 2 grams of fiber.

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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These chewy, moist, and flavorful chocolate chip cookie bars are gluten free, dairy free, easily made vegan, and are lower in sugar than your average bars! Make this the ultimate dessert to top off your day!


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Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 6 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp plant-based butter
  • 6 Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp Honey (maple-syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed
  • 1 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 8 tsp potato starch
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 sifted oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe medium-sized bowl add in the nut butters, butter, and milk and microwave for 20-30 seconds. 
  2. Add in the remaining wet ingredients, stir, and set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Add the wet to the dry. You should have a thick and moldable dough at this point.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spray an 8×8 pan (also feel free to use parchment paper here) and bake for 23-25 minutes. If you would prefer a doughier texture than I would recommend baking more around 20 minutes.
  7. Take out and let cool for 10 minutes. 
  8. This goes great with ice cream so feel free to serve these yummy bars with it and enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 297
  • Sugar: 17
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 6
Collagen Perfect Bars

Collagen Perfect Bars

Dense, Peanut-buttery, and absolutely Gluten Free and Dairy Free! These Collagen Perfect Bars resemble the texture of your typical Perfect Bar, but without the dry milk and egg powder all while packing a protein punch with 14 grams of protein per bar!

I admit, I love Perfect Bars! But something is so satisfying about making your own makes them taste that much better.

The Customization

The best thing about making these bars is that you get to add in your favorite add-ins (and I am talking about more than just chocolate chips!

For example, you could add cranberries and walnuts and use almond butter as the base to create a completely different flavor with these bars.

Why Collagen?

Collagen is one of my favorite ways to add protein in a dairy free way without messing with the texture. It’s tasteless properties and superfine granuals make it ideal for baking and in no-bake desserts.

If you were to use vegan protein, it will likely create a different texture and not so subtle aftertaste of pea protein (as that is the base of most vegan proteins). I am not saying that you shouldn’t use vegan protein as I incorporate it in other recipes, but in certain ones the flavors and textures don’t mix together as well as collagen.

Another great thing about these Collagen Perfect Bars is that they are simple to make as you won’t need much and odds are you have all of it in your kitchen!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Peanut butter
  • Collagen
  • Honey
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour
  • Non-dairy chocolate chips

You can feel free to sub out the chocolate chips for other add-ins that you prefer.

When adding these ingredients together you will get a very thick and dense dough that is moldable and shouldn’t stick to your hands.

Overall, it should be an easy transfer from the bowl to an 8×8 pan.

When it comes to the size of these bars it’s honestly up to you and your preference. I prefer bars on the thinner side, but that’s just me.

I you prefer thicker bars I recommend using a smaller baking dish to achieve this. You won’t get as many bars out of this but they will be very thick…With a capital T on the Thick!

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Collagen Perfect Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 70 Minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No-bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These yummy dairy free and gluten free collagen protein bars are packed with 14 grams of protein and made with minimal ingredients. Did I mention they are customizable and taste like your favorite Perfect Bar?!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 4 scoops collagen (or more if you prefer, but this may affect the taste slightly)
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 3 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp + 1/2 Tbsp (or more for sprinkling chocolate chips on the top)

Instructions

  1. Combine the peanut butter, water, vanilla extract, and honey together in a small to medium-sized bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add in the collagen, coconut flour, oat flour, salt, and give it a good mix until all of the ingredients are combines.
  3. Add the peanut butter and honey mixture in the small to medium-sized bowl to the medium-sized bowl with the dry ingredients and combine until the batter is thick and moldable. You may need to add an additional 1-2 Tbsps of water if you didn’t use natural peanut butter or added more collagen. If your batter is too thick, slowly add in 1 Tbsp of water and mix until the dough is moldable and resembles that of the photo.
  4. Fold in 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips and add the dough to an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Then, sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top and store in the freezer for a minimum of 1 hour. Once they have froze, cut into 9 bars and store in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

*I recommend using a drippy nut butter


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 262
  • Sugar: 14
  • Fat: 14
  • Carbohydrates: 20
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 14

Keywords: No-bake, honey, perfect bar, gluten free, dairy free, protein bars, healthy bars, breakfast, snack, snack bars