Who doesn't love granola bars? They are quick, easy + tasty. They are kind of a staple for busy families, right? With allergies to peanut, tree nuts, sesame, soy + gluten, it's actually super difficult to find pre-packaged granola bars free of our allergens. I've been making these homemade 15 minute granola bars for quite a while now + I thought I'd share with you!
I love that these bars have only have 4 ingredients! They are simple + healthy. Plus, we almost always have all the ingredients needed on hand. I love creating simple + healthy recipes that I know the kids love to eat. Breck + Bowan love these bars. Now, Bowan is a silly one + he sometimes picks the chocolate chips out before eating the rest. Oh, two year olds they are silly + full of surprises + super messy, too.
Peanut Free Granola Bars:
2 Cups Oats or Granola
1 Cup SunButter Sunflower Butter
1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Local Honey
I order + use Gerbs Original Seed + Honey Granola, it is free of the Top 11 allergens. The facility is dedicated free of sesame, which can be hard to find. Sesame-free is so great to find, as sesame is not a top 8 allergen in the US, so it doesn't have to be labeled like peanut. Plus, this granola includes flax seeds, sunflower seeds + pumpkin seeds. So, this granola helps to make this recipe easier as the seeds are already included! Also, oats don't inherently contain gluten, but they are generally harvested + processed in a way that contaminates them with gluten, Gerbs specifically processes the oats so they stay gluten free. Like Gerbs, SunButter is also free of the top allergens, high in protein, folate + Omega 6 fatty acids. I use Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips chocolate chips. Enjoy Life products are also free of the top allergens + the kids love the mini chips! I try to get local honey into our diet when I can. Local honey is thought to help reduce the severity of environmental allergies. Bowan + I both have some high allergies to some trees + weeds out here in Colorado. So, honey pollinated out in the Rocky Mountains is an important staple for us.
Large Glass Bowl
Measure 1 cup SunButter + scoop it into a glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds if needed, to help it get very warm + creamy. Measure 1/4 cup local honey + pour into bowl with SunButter. Measure 2 cups oats or granola + pour into the glass bowl. Mix all the ingredients together until the granola is evenly coated + covered. Next, stir in the mini chocolate chips. Now, scoop the granola into cupcake liners + let cool. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips on the top of the granola if you'd like. Let cool.
I'm due with my third baby boy soon, so I recently made these to freeze for those hectic days to come. With three boys under 5, I'm sure to be busy soon. These freeze well in a ziplock bag. Plus, they are already portioned in cupcake liners, so they are easy to take out one at a time. It's also nice to have these on hand incase a birthday party or event comes up where there will be sweets, so I have something I can give Bowan.
I made these quick 15 minute granola bars this past winter + brought them to a wedding. My non-allergy friends even loved them. I hope you do too! Please let me know if you try this recipe out!
Photography by: // Lindsey Lee + Co.