Nut Free Granola Bars

I made these for all those people like my aunt who are allergic to nuts. I also made them because granola bars are pricey and often have corn syrup in them. My sons eat a lot of granola bars and they are really easy to send as snacks or in lunch boxes. These turned out really good but you could modify the recipe to include chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or peanut butter. Really easy to do and not much mess involved. You will need:

3 cups quick cooking oats (toast in a 350 degree oven for around 10 minutes)

2 cups puffed rice cereal (if you are on a real health kick you could use puffed brown rice cereal instead I just used what I had)

3/4 cup sunflower kernels

1/2 cup raisins

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1 tablespoon sunbutter (sunflower kernel spread)

Prepare a sheet pan by either buttering it or using a spray so that your bars won’t stick. Now mix the sunflower kernels, cereal, oats, and raisins in a bowl. Place the sugar and honey in a pan and cook over medium heat, stir constantly, until there are no sugar crystals. Remove from the heat and stir in the sunbutter. Sunbutter can have a film of oil on top much like natural peanut butter does so stir it up. Now add the sugar mixture to the oat mixture and stir it up well. You might have to use your hands to make sure that all of the oats get coated with the sugar mix because a spoon tends to gum up really fast. Messy work but worth it. Pour this onto your prepared pan and using a sheet of wax paper press it out. My mix did not end up covering the entire sheet pan and was about 1 inch thick so you make have to shift it around so that the bars are an even thickness.Let them cool for around 10 to 15 minutes then you can slide them off the sheet and slice them. I wrapped mine individually in plastic wrap and put them into a storage bag. Enjoy!

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  1. Aunt Cindy in Texas says:

    They sound tasty. I think I’ll substitute dried cranberries for raisins if I make them. Thanks for posting this recipe.

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