Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

My neighbour and friend, Leslie, is one busy mom…with two of her children in competitive swimming, one of them in rep soccer and a third child in karate….her schedule is all over the place.

Leslie was happy to share with me a recipe that her children enjoy as a snack to tide them over between meals when they are on the run. She hoped it might be something my boys would enjoy too.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Oats, whole-wheat, wheat-germ, topped with a rich chocolate coating…one hardly notices these are full of fibre! Matthew loved them!

This recipe was passed on to Leslie from a long-time friend whose children love them. Surprisingly, her friend named these Brownies…an odd choice as they are nothing like Brownies.

I hand delivered samples of my version of Leslie’s Oatmeal BarsDairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Oatmeal Bars…to Leslie’s house. Her children were very excited to try them…their expert opinion…“Just like yours mom.”

A trip up the street to my other friend, Linda’s house where more samples of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars were delivered. I am happy to report they were deemed…‘delicious’.

I am always pleased when I can adapt a recipe to be allergy friendly for my boys and at the same time be enjoyed by both adults and children without food allergies.

In my eyes…that is what I call a success!

This recipe was easy to adapt…I switched the butter/margarine to Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or for a soy-free version use Earth Balance Soy Free Natural Buttery Spread, the egg to 1/2 tsp baking soda and 2 tbsp. water and I used Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ or natural bran (I used wheat germ)
1 cup quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 cup demerera sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
2 tbsp. water
1 tsp pure vanilla

Topping

1/2-3/4 cups Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Chunks

In a large bowl, cream the sugar and Earth Balance of your choice.
Add the water and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.
Combine the dry with the creamed ingredient mixture.
Pat into a 9 by 13 greased pan.
Bake at 375 F for 15-20 minutes or until the edges are golden.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top and let sit for 5 minutes.
Spread the melted chocolate to cover the top of the oatmeal bars.
Let cool completely…will crumble if you cut it while still warm.

Enjoy!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars

Tip 1:  Leslie’s daughter enjoys her Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bar warmed up in the microwave…her son Alex offers it up for dessert with a scoop of ice cream…while Evan, I believe he eats it anyway he can!

Tip 2:  I like to ‘tweak’ recipes…Here is my updated even healthier version of Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Bars…Oatmeal and Chocolate with a touch of cinnamon…yummy!

1)  Use an equal amount of canola oil for the Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks.
2)  Use a flax egg (1 tbsp. flax meal mixed with 3 tbsp. water and let rest in the refrigerator while you put together the rest of the ingredients) and add to the oil and sugar mixture.
3) Add 1/2 tsp cinnamon to the dry ingredients.
4) Reduce baking soda to 1/2 tsp and omit the 2 tbsp. water.

I dropped off samples at Leslie’s house…what would her children make of the change?  They loved them both!

If you are looking for an Oatmeal Barbake the original version. For more of an Oatmeal Cookiebake the updated version.

I happen to prefer the cookie version better…which would you prefer?

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Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies

A couple of weeks ago, Matthew was begging me to make cookies. As the weekend approached, I asked him if he could come up with a cookie recipe.

He looked into the cupboard…pulled out a bag of mini marshmallows and exclaimed, “Can we put these in a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies!” Sure…why not!

Matthew was going to help me whip up a batch…but the sun was shining and the lure of road hockey pulled at him…so I let him go get some exercise!

I just used my basic Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe and added some mini marshmallows to the batter. About an equal amount of marshmallow to chocolate chips.

The marshmallows really melted and changed the shape of the cookies…but the boys didn’t seem to mind!

I present, Matthew’s latest concoction

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies!

Reaching for a Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

After washing their hands…they each enjoyed a cookie!

I am excited to be off today on a road trip, to visit my mom. Getting away on my own gives me a break from the vigilance of living with multiple food allergies. I can ‘let my hair down’, relax my rules and enjoy some one-on-one time with my mom! I am looking forward to ‘recharging’ myself! I think we all deserve some alone time now and again.

I always like to bake up a batch of Allergen Friendly Cookies and Dairy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Rice Krispie Squares for the boys before I embark on my ‘little adventure’.

I asked the boy’s what cookie they would like me to make. Does this happen in your house? Michael wanted my Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Marshmallows and Matthew did not.

It turns out that Matthew prefers his ‘classic’ cookie to go untouched! I guess some things just do not need improving upon.

Michael, on the other hand, is all about trying new things. Perhaps his limited repertoire of food gives him that desire to try new flavours and textures. I have noticed, as he gets older, the more interested he is to try different foods. For example, he has just discovered he likes snow peas. I added them to a vegetable stir fry last week. He dished himself a portion and declared, “Hey! These aren’t so bad!”

In order to rectify the ‘cookie issue’…I compromised…half the batch would have marshmallows and the other half would be without.

Perfect! There will be no squabbles! Everyone is happy!

I fancied up the cookies by adding an Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunk to the middle.

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

Yummy!

I did the same for the Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies too!

Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Marshmallows

Michael was quite impressed!

On my journey to my mom’s, I have the opportunity to try out my treats on some new ‘guinea pigs’!

A bucket filled with Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with and without Marshmallows

I am curious to see which cookie they like best!

I also have a little surprise for their mother! No peeking allowed!

Surprise allergen friendly gift

Something Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy and Peanut/Tree Nut Free. I hope to fill you in on Friday.

My jars are full…

My cookie jars are full

I have a Pork Tenderloin marinating for their dinner tonight with leftovers for the next day. Friday is Allergy Friendly Pizza Night and Saturday is Barbecued Pork Ribs so that just leaves Sunday for Andy to surprise me with dinner! (hint, hint)