I don’t know about you guys but I am always looking for quick and easy (but nutritious) snacks for my kids, especially since Hayden started school. It’s so easy to just grab this kind of stuff off the store shelves but I like being able to cut out processed products when I can, and if I make it myself I don’t have to worry about cross-contamination of allergens! This dairy, nut and gluten-free recipe is a great alternative to store bought snacks.
My kids are huge granola/cereal bar eaters so I knew this would be a hit with them. My hubby grabbed one and kept asking for more so I think they passed the taste test with him too!
I added some gluten-free steel-cut oats to add some texture to my bars as well as some all-natural puffed brown rice cereal as an alternative to the more processed rice cereals. I also threw in some semi-sweet mini chips, just be sure to use a dairy-free chocolate chip if you have dairy allergies. If you are careful with your ingredients, these are super easy, no bake, top 8 allergen free granola bars!
Let the kiddos help you whip up some of these after-school. They make the perfect after-school, or lunchbox, or hungry hubby, snack!
- 1½ cups old fashioned rolled oats (certified gluten free for gluten free bars)
- ½ cup crispy cereal (I used an all-natural puffed rice cereal)
- ½ cup steel cut oats (certified gluten-free for gluten-free bars)
- ¾ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- pinch of sea salt
- ¾ cup of your favorite mini chocolate chips (use a dairy-free brand if you have a dairy allergy)
- Combine both oats, cereal, and cranberries in a bowl and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, and pinch of salt. Stir while heating to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat, pour over dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until well blended. Mix in chocolate chips.
- Pour mixture into greased 8x8 pan and press down until flat with spatula. Cool completely and cut into 10 bars.
- I popped mine into the freezer for a few minutes to set them so they wouldn't want to break apart when I took them out of the pan. Just don't leave them in there long or they will be difficult to cut! ;)