Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free : A Review, A Giveaway & Banana Oat Bars (GF, Diary-free, No Butter or Egg)
  • 1/2cup coconut sugar(40 g)
  • 20 to 30drops vanilla steviapure , plain or liquid , or to tastes
  • 1tbsp flax seedsfinely ground (15 ml)
  • 1/4cup vanilla soy almond milkunsweetened plain or or (60 ml)
  • 1/4cup sunflower or other light – tasting oil , preferably organic (60 ml)
  • 1tsp vanilla extractpure (5 ml)
  • 1tbsp almond butternatural smooth or sunflower , at room temperature
  • 2 bananasmedium , very ripe
  • 1/3cup raisins cranberriesor dried (optional) (40 g)
  • 1 1/2cups oatsold fashioned rolled (not instant or quick cooking) (160 g)
  • 1/2cup coconutunsweetened shredded (40 g)
  • 1/4cup oat flourwhole (30 g)
  • 1/2tsp baking powder(2.5 ml)
  • 1/8tsp sea saltfine (0.5 ml)
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Line an 8u201d (20 cm) square pan with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut sugar, stevia, flax, soymilk, oil, vanilla and almond butter until the sugar is dissolved. Alternatively, powdr the coconut sugar so it will dissolve quickly.)
  3. Cut the bananas into chunks and add to the bowl. Using a potato masher or large fork, mash the bananas into the mixture, leaving a few little chunks (about the size of peas) here and there. Stir in the raisins, if using. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the oats, shredded coconut, flour, baking powder and salt. Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir well to combine. It may seem too wet for a bar dough; this is as it should be.
  5. Scrape the mixture into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating pan about halfway through, until the top is dry and a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting into 12 or 16 bars. May be frozen.
Recipe Notes

And now the really nice part of this post, the giveaway! Sellers Publishing has sent me an extra copy of Ricki Heller’s “Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free” to give away to one lucky reader of this blog.

So if you would like to try your luck for this gorgeous book, all you have to do is to leave a comment at this posttelling me why you think you would love to have this book on your shelf and to cook from. That’s all you have to do.

Please also leave behind an e-mail id/ link where I can reach if you should be chosen the winner. Any comment without an e-mail id or a link where I can reach you will automatically be disqualified from this giveaway.

This giveaway is open till the 30th of November, 2013 (a total of 10 days) after which I shall randomly choose a winner from the qualifying comments.

Please also note that this giveaway is open only to commentators with an Indian mailing address. Those who live outside India but have a mailing address within India are most welcome to participate.