Crunchy Granola bars – peanut free!
My husband loves those Nature Valley Oats and Honey granola bars, unfortunately they are not safe to keep in the house because or our son’s allergies. I have been trying to find a replacement for him but, I haven’t found any granola bars, crunchy or chewy, which are safe for us! Luckily, I enjoy playing around in the kitchen! I have been playing with different ideas for a few months, usually the bars are pretty good, good enough for the 3 y/o at least, but not the sweet granola my dear husband is craving! These ones came together beautifully! My husband, who is not impressed by much, refused to share his granola bar with our 14 month old. Who can say “no” to a little blonde, dimpled boy who is turning on the charm???? Apparently, the granola bars are that good!
These bars are peanut free, egg free and could easily be tree nut (sub out another oil for the coconut oil, or talk to your allergist, not all consider coconut to be a tree nut) and gluten free (you can buy certified gluten free oats and oat cereal).
2 cups rolled oats, toasted
1/3 cup rolled oats, untoasted
1/3 cup quinoa flakes (if you cannot find quinoa flakes, double the oats)
2/3 Cheerio type cereal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
To toast your oats, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the oats out on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, stirring them around every few minutes.
While the oats are toasting, add the untoasted oats and quinoa flakes to a food processor or blender and process until they become a course flour. Next, add the oat cereal in the processor to break them up, just a bit.
Combine the flour and cereal mixture with the toasted oats.
In a separate bowl, combine honey, brown sugar, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix well.
Mix the wet ingredients in to the dry and combine.
Line a 9×13 pan with a sheet of parchment, press the granola mixture into the pan. I like to use the smooth side of a meat mallet to really compress the mixture!
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until nicely golden brown.
Let the granola cool for about 10 minutes before cutting them into bars.