Chewy Nut Free Granola Bars


These Nut Free Homemade Granola Bars are scrumptious and chewy with just the suitable quantity of sweet. Perfect for little ones with nut allergies or little ones who want a yummy snack!

Chewy Nut Free Granola Bars

If your kid has a meals allergy, especially a nut allergy, the immune method response can be extremely scary and not one particular you want to deal with twice. A lot of schools are totally nut free of charge, or have a nut free of charge section in the lunchroom.

If your kid has a nut allergy or you are just wanting to send your little ones to college with a nut free of charge granola bar, this is your recipe!

It’s chewy, super scrumptious and packed with nutritious components!

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How to Make Nut Free Granola Bars (No Baking)

  1. Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In tiny saucepan, combine honey and coconut oil. Cook more than medium heat till bubbly. Turn the heat off and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour honey mixture into the oats and stir till properly combined.
  5. Stir in pepitas and dried cranberries if adding. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add in chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon mixture into your parchment lined pan and spread evenly. Spray a tiny quantity of cooking spray onto your hands and press the mixture firmly into the pan so that it stays collectively.
  7. Place the pan in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove the bars with the parchment paper and reduce into 12 even bars. Enjoy!

Ingredients You Will Need for Nut Free Granola Bars

There are only 5 primary components in this granola bar recipe! You can play about with add-ins till you uncover the suitable mixture that your little ones enjoy. I have discovered that mini chocolate chips and craisins are absolutely a winner at our home.

Oats – Oats make a good complete grain base for granola bar recipes. They are mild, slightly sweet, have a good texture and are packed with fiber and vitamins.

Honey – I enjoy honey in this recipe due to the fact it acts as a binder whilst delivering sweetness. Because honey is so intensely sweet, you do not need to have extremely considerably to go a extended way. It also does not harden totally which is why these granola bars can keep chewy!

Coconut Oil – The mild hint of coconut flavor from the oil in these granola bars is so scrumptious! If your kid is allergic to coconut, you can constantly substitute an additional oil its location.

Pepitas – These tiny green crunchy seeds are in fact pumpkin seeds……but they only come from precise forms of pumpkins. They provide a yummy crunch, but are not nuts and so are a good option if your kid has a nut allergy.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon provides these granola bars a warming, spice flavor and adds depth to the general taste of these yummy bars!

chewy nut free granola bars

Commonly Asked Questions About Making Nut Free Granola Bars

Question: What variety of oats should really I use? I advise utilizing rolled oats for the finest texture. Quick oats will work, but I would not use steel reduce oats.

Question: My kid is allergic to coconut. What can I use alternatively of coconut oil? You can use a neutral flavored oil like avocado or canola. You can also attempt utilizing butter.

Question: How should really I shop these granola bars? We have discovered that they hold up finest when refrigerated, but you can shop them in an airtight container in your pantry or counter.

Question: Can I substitute sunflower seeds for the pepitas? Yes! This would just be a taste preference for which one particular you use. The recipe will not alter.

Question: Does this recipe contact for roasted or raw pepitas? Roasted – the flavor and crunch are far better for these granola bars when you use roasted.

Question: Can I substitute the honey for rice syrup or maple syrup? You can use either of these syrups in location of honey – it might alter the flavor a bit and taste sweeter.

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When Your Child Has a Nut Allergy

A kid who is allergic to peanuts, does not necessarily have an allergy to tree-nuts (almonds, cashews, or walnuts). However about 25-40% of them are allergic to each, and numerous physicians will advise avoiding each.  The finest practice as a parent you can be in is to study your labels.  Checking labels for the allergen itself, as properly as cross contamination of the allergen is crucial for allergy management.

Then, if your kid is in college, inform the teacher, as properly as the front workplace about your child’s allergy.  From my knowledge, teachers are good about guarding your kid and informing the rest of the parents that might bring meals into the class about the allergy.  This aids to manage their atmosphere for contamination they might not see or even ingest.   Secondly, it is extremely essential as properly to teach your little ones to be their personal advocates and know what foods are secure for them.  From a extremely young age, they can query  the supply of their meals when other security barriers have broken down.

For a comprehensive list of what to verify for on a label, irrespective of whether you have a peanut or tree-nut allergy, print this document! from Food Allergy.org  It’s extremely uncomplicated and complete, plus it includes beneficial label reading details for other allergies.

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More Favorite Nut Free Recipes

Nut Free Trail Mix – a mix of salty and sweet, this trail mix is best if your little ones have a nut allergy!

Homemade Animal Crackers (Nut Free) – Crackers can be a good snack for little ones- specifically, crackers that are homemade, complete of nutrients, and tastes good.

Flax Carrot Apple Muffins – These muffins load up little ones on nutritious components like complete grains, fruits, veggies and seeds. Make these muffins ahead for a swift weekday morning breakfast or college-secure packed lunch solution.

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*Note – we have updated this recipe! If you are hunting for the original, see the notes section in the recipe card*

chewy nut free granola bars
  • 2 cups oats swift or rolled
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds pepitas
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries optional
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips optional
  • Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine oats, salt and cinnamon.

  • In tiny saucepan, combine honey and coconut oil. Cook more than medium heat till bubbly. Turn the heat off and stir in the vanilla.

  • Pour honey mixture into the oats and stir till properly combined.

  • Stir in pepitas and dried cranberries if adding. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, add in chocolate chips.

  • Spoon mixture into your parchment lined pan and spread evenly. Spray a tiny quantity of cooking spray onto your hands and press the mixture firmly into the pan so that it stays collectively.

  • Place the pan in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove the bars with the parchment paper and reduce into 12 even bars. Enjoy!

Original Nut-Free Granola Bar Recipe (Baked)

  • 2 cup oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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