HONEY O CEREAL BARS

These amazing no bake cereal bars are literally the best! They are just so simple & easy to make and of course require no effort. The nice cherry on top is that they are completely nut, peanut and coconut free; making them lunch friendly when your children take them to school 🙂

Growing up with a nut allergy was extremely hard when I was little. Not only did my parents have to read all the ingredients on every little thing I had, they also had to monitor everything I ate. Unfortunately dinner parties were the worst! We would arrive to our family friends homes and I would immediately be drawn to the nicely displayed food. I remember how the first thing my mother would do was ask the hostess if there were any nuts in any of the foods. And of course before they could answer, I’d have gobbled down anything in front of me. Within seconds I would start having a reaction and go into an anaphylactic shock.

One of the reasons why I started making these bars was because I grew tired of trying to find bars that were completely nut free. I had been to so many grocery stores and all I could find were ones that were peanut free. The downside with the peanut free bars was that they still would contain coconuts or other nuts. Overall, I was able to find completely nut free bars but unfortunately they ended up having way too much sugar

To make these bars, I start off by melting some butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. I then add some brown sugar, cinnamon and of course HONEY! Western Sage Glacier Creamed Honey is where it’s at! It’s just so rich in flavour and I’m able to put it on just about everything. I then combine that liquid mixture with some cereal (any of your favourite will do) and I add some raisins as well.

The neat thing about this recipe is you can put just about anything you like into it! I’ve shared this recipe with some friends and they decided to put in some dried fruit and nuts instead of raisins and it worked completely well with them 🙂

 

HONEY O CEREAL BARS

  • Servings: 16 Bars
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS


 3 Tbsp. of butter
– 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
– 1/4 cup of honey
– 1 tbsp. of cinnamon
– 4 cups of cereal (I used Multi Grain Cheerios)
– 1/2 cup of raisins

 DIRECTIONS


  1. Line a 9×9 square baking pan with parchment paper
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon
  3. Bring to a boil and continue stirring for 2 minutes and remove from heat
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, raisins and butter mixture.
  5. Pour the cereal mixture into the parchment lined pan and let the bars cool completely and then cut into squares

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HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS

For starters, I am allergic to peanuts, coconuts and all other types of nuts. While growing up it was definitely hard because almost everything I ate could have been cross contaminated with nuts. Because I work in an office, my main goal lately has been to eat healthy and not just reach for a bag of chips when stressed out. I thought energy granola bars would be an awesome way to not only fill me up but be healthy at the same time. I’ve visited many local grocery stores and almost every single bar that I’ve found either contained nuts or was full of sugar. This is where the quest for the ultimate granola bar began!

After tons of research, I finally decided to go ahead and try making my bar. This bar would be sugar free, gluten free and of course NUT FREE!!

I found that in regular bars, peanut butter was used as both an energizer and a way to hold the bar together. For my bars, I decided to substitute the peanut butter with some dates. I found that the dates would add some sweetness and could act like a glue to hold all of the ingredients together. I used organic pitted Medjool dates that i found in my local grocery store.

To make these wonderful bars you will need the following,
– Medjool dates
– Water
– Rolled oats
– Chia seeds
– Sunflower seeds
– Pumpkin seeds
– Dried fruit (I used dried cranberries)
– Cinnamon
– Vanilla extract
– Salt

I started off by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheating the oven to 350F. Take the rolled oats and grind them in a blender until a fine flour forms. I used my magic bullet. Add the ground oats into a large bowl. Add the dates and water into the blender and blend until smooth. I found that soaking the dates for 15 minutes allowed them to get smooth and made them easier to blend. Combine the date mixture in with the oat flour. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined.
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Spread out the mixture on the baking tray and bake for about 25 minutes. Cool and cut into preferred size bars.
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These bars came out amazing and my whole family just loved them! I did end up taking half of the bars and freezing them 🙂