My daughter, Jazlyn, is anaphylactic to egg, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts. When she was first diagnosed, I found it very difficult to find recipes and foods that didn't taste like "allergy" food. Over the last 15 years I have had a lot of fun developing and changing recipes so that they are safe for her. I love to share my recipes so that other families can realize how yummy "allergy" foods can taste. You don't have to sacrifice taste or your favorite foods, you just have to rethink how to make them. I made a promise to Jazzy that I would do my very best to find a way for her to eat any food she wants to try. So far I have been able to keep that promise. I hope your family enjoys these recipes as much as we do.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free Made-to-Order Granola Bars

These granola bars are perfect because you can add what your family enjoys. I added safe chocolate chips to the entire batch, pressed the mixture out into the pan then pressed flaked coconut onto 1/3, candy sprinkles on another 1/3 then left the other 1/3 plain. These would be amazing with any dried fruit or add-in your family enjoys in a granola bar. My family likes them better rewarmed slightly in the microwave, but they are also good at room temperature.

Made-to-Order Granola Bars

1 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
6 cups oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
2-3 cups total of add-ins desired such as dried fruits, flaked coconut, safe chocolate chips,
                  wheat germ, mini marshmallows, Rice Krispies, cinnamon, brown sugar, etc.

Combine the honey, oil and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour and baking soda. Add the oat mixture to the honey mixture then mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the add-ins desired. Spread the mixture evenly onto a sprayed baking sheet. Place a 2nd baking sheet on top and press down firmly to pack the granola bars. Bake at 325 for 14-18 minutes until the top is just golden brown. Use the 2nd baking sheet again to press the granola bars firmly down. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before cutting into bars. Allow the bars to finish cooling completely before removing from the pan.
* These granola bars are wonderful reheated briefly in the microwave.
*  If desired, you can also press the add-ins onto the granola mixture after it has been placed onto the baking sheets so that you can make a variety of flavors. You could also transfer the mixture into several bowls then stir in the add-ins so that they are more evenly dispersed into the granola.

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