These no bake, allergy-friendly granola bars are school-approved with no tree nuts, gluten or dairy.
Granola bars are a quick and easy kid-friendly snack staple, but with food allergies on the rise, it can often be hard to find ones that can be brought to school.
So we took things into our own hands and developed a delicious granola bar recipe that contains no allergens, including gluten, dairy and tree-nuts. They’re made with healthy, whole food ingredients like allergy-friendly sun butter and gluten free oats, and have the perfect amount of sweetness from dates, maple syrup and allergen free chocolate chips. Plus the recipe is easy to make, with no baking involved!
- ¾ cup pitted dates
- 1 ½ cup gluten free oats
- Pinch of sea salt
- ¼ cup sunflower butter
- 1/8 – ¼ cup raw maple syrup
- ¼ cup allergy-friendly chocolate chips
- Line an 8x8 Pyrex dish with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, pulse dates until finely chopped. They may start to gather around the blade and roll into a ball.
- Remove dates from the food processor and add to a large bowl. Add oats and sea salt.
- Heat sunflower butter in microwave for a few seconds to warm it up. Add sunflower butter and maple syrup to the bowl.
- Fold ingredients together until evenly mixed.
- Sprinkle in chocolate chips.
- Spoon mixture into prepared Pyrex dish.
- Press down into the mixture with the back of a spatula to create a flat top.
- Allow bars to firm up in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to cutting.
- Cut and store in air-tight container.
- Store in fridge for firmer bars, for up to 3 weeks.
We love that this recipe requires no baking, and is easy to throw together. Double the recipe and make an extra big batch so there’s plenty for after-school snacks.
And if you’ve ever looked at the ingredients of a store-bought granola bar, you’ll know that the whole ingredients in these homemade chewy bars are far superior for fueling your kids through their school day, and beyond.
You can play around with this base recipe to add-in other toppings like raisins, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds or pretzels. And when it comes time to pack lunches, simply wrap a bar in unbleached parchment paper and pop it into their lunch box.
We bet they’ll come home begging for more!
Lyndsey is a healthy lifestyle blogger and recipe creator at mommafitlyndsey.com. She covers healthy recipes, meal planning & prep, and healthy lifestyle tips and products. She is a life-longer Pittsburgh native where she lives with her husband and two daughters. You can find Lyndsey at Momma Fit Lyndsey, on Pinterest, and Instagram at @lyndsey.picc and @mommafitlyndsey