Allergy Friendly Granola Bars

There is an official About Us page here, but something not included there is information about food allergies. Our youngest, Henry, has multiple, severe food allergies. Currently he is allergic to dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame. We also avoid kiwi and shellfish, and are very cautious about adding any new foods. Food allergies are not fun to say the least, but to keep life as great as possible I have been experimenting in the kitchen. 

Before Henry was diagnosed with food allergies I loved to bake and at first I didn't even know where to start. A great cookbook for getting started was Cookies For Everyone, every recipe in it is Top 8 Allergen free. From there I started trying out old trusted recipes and making substitutions, and then trying new recipes.

I thought I might be able to help others by posting some of my favorite recipes here. The first one I am going to share is for granola bars. These bars taste like the Quaker Chewy ones, and have chocolate chips and dried cranberries in them. It is a pretty flexible recipe if you want to experiment on your own and try some different add-ins. Did I mention these are no-bake? Simple and delicious!

ALLERGY FRIENDLY CHEWY GRANOLA BARS

  • 1/2c safe margarine (I usually use Fleischmann's Unsalted, I am sure this would work with coconut oil too if soy is a problem for you)
  • 1/2c honey or light corn syrup
  • 2/3c packed brown sugar
  • 4c quick cooking oats (use certified gluten free if needed)
  • 2c crispy rice cereal (GF if needed)
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand, they are top 8 allergen free), I use about half of a bag, you could use more or less depending on your taste
  • 2/3 dried cranberries

Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or grease using a safe oil. In a large pot melt the margarine, honey or corn syrup, and brown sugar together, stirring often. Once it gets all bubbly remove from heat and add the vanilla. Mix in the oats and rice cereal. Once they are all coated add in the chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Dump the mixture into your sprayed pan and pack it down with a flat spatula or the flat bottom of a measuring cup that has also been sprayed. Put into the fridge until they are solid, then slice into bars or squares. I store mine in the fridge to keep the bars firm. 

I hope you enjoy these granola bars, they are a favorite at our house! If you need any help with ingredient substitutions or allergy friendly cooking, leave a comment below or send me an email.

Posted on April 24, 2013 .