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Cherry Vanilla Power Bars

Way back when, in 1997, during the dark ages of gluten free, I was diagnosed with celiac disease.  Now, 14 years later, this disease has had a devastating effect on my family –my mother has celiac, my sister has it, even my 12 year old son was diagnosed with celiac when he was 3 years old.  On the other side of the family, my mother-in-law lives with celiac disease.  This disease has been a scourge on my loved ones.

Celiac is a serious disease, many in the medical community think of it as a gateway auto-immune disorder –something that can lead to thyroid disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and even cancer.  This is why the gluten free diet is so important for people that have been diagnosed with celiac.  You can’t be on a “low gluten” diet.  If you have celiac you need to be 100% gluten free every single day of your life.  Thankfully, in my house we are.

While the gluten free diet is paramount for people that have celiac, some people are in the habit of saying that eating gluten free is such a challenge it will ruin your life.  I’m here to tell you that’s not the case.  Most wholesome natural foods are naturally gluten free.  Think veggies, fish, poultry, meat, fruits, nuts, seeds and a whole lot more.

That’s why I’m so pleased to be a part of Diane’s blogging event called 30 Days to Easy Gluten-Free Living.  Here’s how Diane summarized the event:

I often read how difficult it is to live gluten free.  How gluten free tastes terrible and you’ll spend tons of money.  Some people talk about it like it’s a death sentence.  Well we’re here to tell you they are flat out wrong.  They are exaggerating to get you to buy their products. We are going to show you in 30 different ways over 30 days how living gluten free is easy, tasty and as inexpensive or expensive as you want to make it.

This super quick and easy power bar recipe is my contribution to Diane’s fabulous event.  If you’re taking mom out for a hike this Sunday, pack these gluten free, vegan, high protein Cherry Vanilla Power Bars for a yummy Mother’s Day, energy boosting snack.

Cherry Vanilla Power Bars
Serves: 12 bars
  1. Place almonds, flax, cherries, cranberries and stevia in food processor
  2. Pulse until well ground, then pulse in water until the mixture begins to form a ball
  3. Remove from food processor and press into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish
  4. Slice into bars and serve

I just want to take a moment to thank Diane from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang for organizing this amazing event.  Diane is a very inspirational person and blogger.  She is a social activist who brings people together and educates the public at large.  Frankly, I just don’t have enough good things to say about her!

Here are some more yummy gluten free power bar recipes you may like:
Melissa’s Mile High Energy Bars by Melissa from Gluten Free For Good
Chocolate, Cardamom and Coconut Power Bars from Naomi of Milk for the Morning Cake
Popeye Protein and Fruit Bars from Shirley of Gluten Free Easily