Bountiful sweet treats

Laureen Unger holds a plate of her gluten-free granola bars inside Laureen's Bakery and Cafe in Edinburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

EDINBURG — One local treat could change everything you thought you knew about granola bars.

At Laureen’s Bakery, owner Laureen Unger’s granola fruit and nut bars have become a hot sensation.

Packed tightly like a brick but easy to break apart, the bars are a sweet snack and a bountiful source of energy to power through the day.

“When we developed the bar, we had the cyclists, weightlifters and joggers in mind,” Unger said. “It sits very well in pockets and you can take pieces out of it and put it back in the wrapper. It’s also high in protein and fiber.”

Like many of her breads, cookies and other desserts at the Edinburg bakery, the granola bar doesn’t contain wheat and is gluten-free.

Here are some samples of gluten-free cupcakes inside Laureen's Bakery in Edinburg. Rich Cooley/Daily

In addition to oats, she said ingredients include five different kinds of fruit, three different types of nuts, eggs, butter, fruit juice, honey and a dash of cinnamon.

“It all works together,” she said.

After chopping up the dried fruits and adding it to the rest of the ingredients in a pan, Unger bakes the mix at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

She said people can order granola bars without nuts or fruits and can add special ingredients such as chocolate.

Other customer favorites at Laureen’s Bakery include molasses cookies, cinnamon rolls, quiche, pecan pie and chocolate zucchini bread.

Where: 305 N. Main St., Edinburg
When: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Granola bars are $3.50 each
Call: 540-984-4400

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com