My wonderful boyfriend, and most loyal taste-tester, is highly allergic to nuts. His reactions are pretty severe, and really quite scary. Consequently, he is much more cautious with how he eats and I am much more intentional about how I cook. You may have noticed, but I only use recipes without nuts or that I can easily substitute other ingredients in their place!
One type of recipe that commonly requires nuts are granola bars. Apparently, nuts and granola bars seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly for most people. When my boyfriend went away to work at a camp for the past few weeks I wanted to send him with a healthy, filling snack, and had to work hard to find a nut-free granola bar. I stumbled upon this delicious recipe, and have been very pleased with it. I highly recommend it. It is full of wholesome ingredients, perfect for those with nut allergies, and a really healthy snack option that will help curb your hunger!
The use of a food processor is really helpful in this recipe, however a food processor is one luxury my little rented kitchen doesn’t have. The good news is in this situation a good strong blender will definitely be able to get the job done, you just may have to work at it a little longer. That’s all there is too it though! Blend, bake, eat, smile. Hope you like them!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 3 large biscuit style shredded wheat cereal, or 1 cup un-frosted spoon-size shredded wheat
- 1 cup raisins
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips*
- Preheat the oven to 350° and prepare an 8×8 inch pan by spraying it lightly with cooking spray.
- In a blender or food processor, lightly chop the raisins. They will be sticky, so rearrange with a knife or spoon as necessary.
- Add the shredded wheat, oats, cinnamon and salt to the food processor/blender and continue pulsing until the ingredients are completely mixed together and finely chopped.
- In a large bowl whisk the eggs, honey, vanilla and peanut butter together.
- Add the dry oat mixture to the liquid mixture and stir.
- One the wet and dry ingredients have been completely mixed, fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan and bake 15-18 minutes until edges are slightly golden.
- Let cool completely in the pan, and then slice into squares.
Notes and Tips!:
- Yield: 8 granola bars
- The recipe calls for mini chocolate chips, however shaved chocolate pieces or regular sized chips will work just as well! It’s your preference! I used regular sized chocolate chips simply because it was what I had available.
- Source: recipe adapted from California Raisin and Cookies & Cups