Clean Eating Peanut-Free Chewy Granola Bars

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No refined sugars=mom happy, no peanuts=school happy, chewy with chocolate=kid happy.

A trifecta of happy. These are the bars.

This is the recipe that I have needed to create for 4 years. It is so easy, and now since I can make them myself using Almond butter, I can pack it in the school lunches. Hallah!

Clean Eating Peanut-Free Chewy Granola Bars

This is a great option for including granola bars into kids' lunches without worrying if there are peanuts in them! Easy to make with ready to find ingredients. They aren't too sweet, but just sweet enough with the chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. flax meal mixed with 2 Tbsp. water (flax "egg")
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (Almond is best here)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350*.

Make the flax egg by mixing the 1 Tbsp. flax meal with 2 Tbsp. water, and set aside.

Using a food processor, mix the raisins, dates, and 2 Tbsp. almond milk on high speed until it is tiny rice-sized crumbles.

Place mixture in a large bowl.

Add the honey, almond butter, vanilla, and the flax "egg."

Mix thoroughly.

Add the 2 cups of oats, and mix until the oats are completely covered in the date mixture.

Add the chocolate chips until combined.

Dump it into a 8X8 inch baking pan, that has been sprayed or lined with parchment, and press down until level (I use waxed paper for this).

Bake 15-20 minutes until the edges are just brown. Remove from the oven.

Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.

Notes

*If you are vegan, you can substitute brown rice syrup for the honey and use vegan chocolate chips. ** If you are not worried about peanut allergies, than feel free to substitute. If you use sunflower butter, the baking process can turn your granola bars green! Shocking to look at, but fine to eat!

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