Granola Bars are considered a ‘healthy’ go-to snack for kids at school and on the run. Finding a tasty, yet somewhat, health conscious Dairy, Sesame, Peanut/Tree Nut Granola Bar for my boys to enjoy, led to a dead-end.
As a result, I took it upon myself to try to create our own Ultimate Dairy, Sesame, Peanut/Tree Nut Free Granola Bar!
My boys only request was that they be chewy and have chocolate chips.
My search led me to Joyful Abode. I liked the basis of her Homemade Granola Bar Recipe. I just tweaked her recipe to meet our specific allergen and taste needs.
A discovery on my own Granola Bar Quest: both my husband and Michael are not Granola Bar fans.
I needed to enlist my trusty Neighbourhood ‘Guinea Pigs’. They were able to give me many helpful pointers on the various versions of the Granola Bar.
I also tried out a version at Matthew’s Cross-Country Meet. Moms and students were happy to sample my latest creation.
One of the students that tried a Granola Bar at the meet happened to be at my neighbours’ house. When my neighbour brought out my Granola Bars for a snack, the child exclaimed, “Oh, I had one of those at the Cross-Country Meet. They are really good!”
My taste testers all rated my Dairy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Granola Bars a two thumbs up!
The final Granola Bars are chewy, chocolatey, and crispy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a touch of cinnamon.
Dairy, Sesame and Peanut/Tree Nut Free Granola Bars
2 1/2 cups of whole oats (not instant or quick)
2 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies
1/2 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life)
1/2 cup local honey (MacMillan’s)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Toast oats on a parchment lined baking sheet for 10 – 15 min. Stirring half way.
In a large bowl, combine Rice Krispies, flax meal, cinnamon and toasted oats.
Spread mixture in a wax paper lined 9 by 13 baking pan sprayed with canola oil.
(Double the length of the wax paper to line the pan. Have equal parts of wax paper on either side of pan for overlaying on the granola bars.)
Tip 1: For a change, substitute half the Pure Honey for Buckwheat Honey (MacMillan’s). I liked the hint of molasses it gave to the Granola Bars.
Tip 2: When I made a batch without the brown sugar, they seemed to fall apart more. Still tasted great.
Tip 3: Joyful Abode mentions that cooking the honey mixture for longer gives a crisper Granola Bar. Perhaps that is all that is needed when taking out the sugar.
Tip 4: One could substitute dried fruit like raisins or dried cranberries for the chocolate chips. Try 1/2 dried fruit and 1/2 chocolate chips. Yummy!
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Have you adapted similar recipes for your own food allergy needs? I’d love to hear about them. Please share in the comments!
P.S. As always, any products I mention in these posts are my own personal recommendations. No one’s paying me to recommend them. They’re just what has worked for our family. Your own needs and preferences may be different!