Homemade, Allergy Friendly Granola Bars – Recipe

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Chewy Homemade Granola Bars, Allergy Friendly Granola Bars When big brother was diagnosed with severe nut and peanut allergies over 4 years ago we soon began to discover how difficult finding healthy, prepackaged, allergy free foods is. I’ve come to realize that, in regards to prepackaged snack foods, “healthy” usually means it contains nuts.

I totally get that nuts are healthy, but for a person who is allergic to nuts, it can be really frustrating to try to find quick, prepackaged snacks.  Those that don’t actually contain nuts are often processed on “shared equipment” which is pretty risky. I’ve often lamented, “Argh! It would be so easy if I could just give him a granola bar to snack on!”

Granola bars are relatively healthy (well, if we are talking the big brand boxed kind, “healthy” is debatable), mildly sweet, and kids love them!  But good luck trying to find allergy friendly granola bars.  If you do manage to find a brand you’re going to end up shelling out at least $6 for a box of 5 or 6.  That’s pretty pricey for a snack food.

Having food allergies or having a family member with them isn’t all bad though.  Because of Big Brother’s food allergies we have become much more conscious of the foods we eat, have eliminated most processed foods, and really eat quite healthfully now.  I’ve also learned to be more self reliant, cook and bake more from scratch, instead of relying on prepackaged foods from the grocery store.

While lamenting about my allergy friendly granola bars issue with a friend she recommended a website with a homemade granola bar recipe. I hit up the grocery store and went to work.  Unfortunately, I really didn’t like the way the granola bars turned out.  They were way too sweet–more like dessert than like snack–and way too gooey.  They had to be eaten frozen or they’d end up gooeying and crumbling all over the place.  Not such a great thing to send as a school snack. So, I made several modifications, baked, modified again, and ended up with the wonderful chewy homemade granola bar!!!  For those without nut allergies feel free to make them a little nutty. 🙂 Allergy friendly granola bars

Yields Makes approximately 20 granola bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

30 minPrep Time

18 minCook Time

48 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup rice crispies (any brand will do)
  • 1 cup + 4 tsp oat flour
  • 4 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup ground (milled) flaxseed
  • 6 Tbsp oil (I used grapeseed, but you can substitute olive or coconut)
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp honey (it is okay if your honey is crystalized)
  • Your choice of add-ins. I used:
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (I divided the recipe and made half with the choc chips and half without.)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and wet ingredients in a separate smaller bowl.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper (do NOT substitute with wax paper).
  • Pour approximately half of the mixture onto the parchment paper in the pan.
  • Spread it out then lay a separate piece of parchment paper over top of the mixture.
  • Using something with a flat bottom press the mixture down firmly.
  • Cook 15-18 minutes, remove from oven and squish the bars down again.
  • Let the pan cool for a few minutes and then refrigerate for 10 minutes before cutting.
  • This batch will fill 2 9x13 pans.

Notes

*Tip: For easy cutting use a pizza cutter.

This large batch of granola bars lasts my family of 5 just over a week. If you have a small family, are baking for yourself, or just want to do a test run you can half the recipe.

Even though these granola bars can sit out at room temperature, they are best stored in the freezer.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the nut-free recipe! We have that issue along with diary so it is really, really hard to find safe and healthy packaged foods.
  2. Whatever food limits/allergies people have it really is tough to find good options at the store sometimes! Oh, and the pizza cutter idea? Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that, lol.
  3. Homemade is always better because you know what is in it and do not have to worry about various preservatives.
  4. This does look like a very good recipe for Healthy allergy free granola bars. I like the Craisens in this recipe and the flaxseed makes this so healthy. I will have to try and make these. Thanks for the recipe!!
  5. They sound delicious! I'd love to try these. Just have to take out the nuts and substitute them for something else. Can't wait!
  6. The good thing about granola is that is is good for the kids, and as long as they don't know that, they will eat it. If they find out it is good for them, all of the sudden they won't like it anymore.
  7. My gosh, how frustrating! Just about every current diet fad is all about nuts! Ugh! Good for you coming up with such a creative solution (because seriously, I can't think of any granola bars that are entirely nut-free). Thanks for linking up with Nomday Monday!
  8. These look delicious, can't wait to try!
  9. okay I want to try to make these! TFS!
  10. I cannot wait to try these! These will save me so much money and be a great replacement for breakfast when I'm in a rush in the morning!
  11. This sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing.
  12. Marti Tabora says:
    These sound fantastic and I love the fact that you have choices by adding in what you like.
  13. These look so yummy! I've got some white chocolate chips in my freezer that are going to have to go straight into a batch of these. Thanks for sharing!
  14. I had to make up my own allergy friendly granola bar recipe too. Ours are similar but I'm going to try your version too. Thanks!
  15. This looks great. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!!
  16. nicole dz says:
    Homemade granola is the best. My mom make a apple cinnamon granola bar that is out of this world. Love this recipe! Adding it to my favs!
  17. I have so many oats - I've been wondering what to make - this sounds like a great recipe to try!!! I like that it doesn't have butter!
  18. shelly peterson says:
    We don't have any peanut allergies in the home but these sure do look good, better than the store bought ones. Would love to try this recipe.
  19. Priscilla S. says:
    These look great! I love granola bras and I really like how versicle they are. I make all kinds and enjoy incorporating different types of dried fruit and nuts.
  20. mmm these sounds tasty and healthy
  21. Hi there, I read your blog like every week. Your writing style is awesome, keep doing what you're doing!
  22. rosa rogers says:
    Homemade food are better than store brand ones..You know whats in it..And you can make them allergy free i like that ideal...
  23. Sally Sharkey says:
    Some questions about the ingredients: #1. The Oat Flour you linked to is "made in factory with tree nuts..." #2.Can I sub whole wheat pastry flour for the oat flour? #2.Where did you find white chocolate chips that aren't cross contaminated with nuts? Thanks-can't wait to try this recipe!
    • Hi Sally, I apologize for the oat flour and the chocolate chips. My son (who is has anaphylactic reactions to peanuts and tree nuts) is able to eat food processed in a factory with nuts, but not food processed on shared equipment so you may have to substitute out brands if you or your family member is more sensitive. For safe oat flour I'd recommend just finding some safe oats and grinding the flour in a food processor, like this: http://www.momables.com/how-to-make-oat-flour/. I've not tried substituting whole wheat flour because my kids and husband are sensitive to wheat. If you try it let me know how it goes. I'm sure readers would be interested. These are some of my favorite white chocolate chips and they are peanut free: . They do, however have partially hydrogenated oil in them. Or you can order nut-free from Vermont Nut Free. If you want to do regular chocolate chips, Enjoy Life has great ones: . Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help in any way. Thanks!
  24. Jill Myrick says:
    My family loves granola bars and we go through them really quickly. I have never thought about making them myself but will definitely be giving this recipe a try. jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com
  25. These look so good! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.
  26. Megan Rhey says:
    I just made these and they are soooo yummy!!! Perfect for my kids lunchboxes (they both don't like sandwiches- so I am constantly looking for bars/snack balls/etc. to mix it up). If these are stored in the fridge, instead of freezer, will they dry out? When stored in freezer, do you just take out bit early to thaw before eating? Thanks!
    • Awesome! I'm glad you loved them, and thank you so much for coming back and commenting! I just made some today, but I've changed the recipe up a bit. I'm hoping to post the updated recipe next week. :) You can store them in the fridge, but if I recall correctly, they got a little soggy when I did that. If you store them in the freezer they will soften up enough to eat in about 5 minutes.