Make It Easy Monday: Sweet Goodness Pan Bars from 123 Gluten Free

At Cheap & Easy Gluten Free, it should come as no surprise that I love all gluten-free recipes that are easy to make. And this past weekend, courtesy of a 123 Gluten Free baking mix, I found a recipe that not only took very little time and effort on my part, but was also seriously delicious.

123 Gluten Free’s Sweet Goodness Pan Bars Mix™ is very allergy-friendly. It’s not only certified gluten-free, but also free of (and manufactured in a dedicated facility that’s also free of) dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, soy, and sesame. This mix itself is also egg-free; although many of the recipes you can use this with call for you to add eggs, 123 Gluten Free lists a few egg-free recipes inside the box for those who cannot consume eggs. And if that’s not enough, the mix is also GMO-free, too!

The Pan Bars mix is really versatile, and it can be used to make a variety of baked goods. You can use it to make zucchini bars, apple spice bars, sweet potato bars, banana bars, carrot cake, and more! I used it to make Pumpkin Bars, and the recipe for them was conveniently listed on the back of the box. (The recipes for the other variations I mentioned were also printed on the outside, and even the inside, of the box.) You can also check out the recipes here.

To make these yummy Pumpkin Bars, all you need to do is grease a 9-by-13 baking pan and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then you mix the Pan Bars mix with the amounts of eggs, vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil instead), and canned pumpkin specified. The recipe also says you can throw in some chopped walnuts, but they’re not my favorite, so I didn’t. I mixed all those ingredients up (the recipe recommended using a mixer, but I mixed by hand) and poured ‘em into the baking pan. After exactly 30 minutes, the toothpick came out clean, and my kitchen smelled like fall. Delicious, scrumptious fall, that is.

The Pumpkin Bars took a little while to cool—in order to cool it enough to get the frosting on it without risking the frosting melting all over the place, I had to stick it in the fridge for about a half hour. That did the trick! I slathered a layer of Miss Jones Organic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting on top. It has a creamy, whipped consistency, and its lightness was a nice complement to the sweet, cinnamony pumpkin bars. (Miss Jones’ frosting is also allergy-friendly, as it is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free, with no hydrogenated oils or trans fats.)

This was the first 123 Gluten Free mix I’d used, and based on this experience, I can’t wait to try more. The mix was easy to use and wasn’t time-consuming to make, the recipes I could choose from were numerous and uncomplicated, and the pumpkin bars tasted great. They were moist and flavorful, not at all dry, and the frosting was the perfect sweet topping. I brought the pumpkin bars to my parents’ house, and my parents and my boyfriend (none of whom are gluten-free) all raved about how yummy it was.

If you’re looking for the perfect fall treat that you can whip up in under an hour, these Pumpkin Spice bars are a great choice! Find 123 Gluten Free’s Sweet Goodness Pan Bars Mix in a store near you, or purchase from their online store (the mix costs $7.49). And don’t forget the frosting! You can find Miss Jones’ frosting at your local Wegmans store or buy it online.

Disclaimer: A few of the products mentioned in this article were provided to me for review purposes. Under no circumstances has this affected the integrity of the article. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.

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