I've had a number of requests for nut-free granola bars to accommodate those with allergies as well as those who wish to enjoy bars in nut-free environments (perfect for school lunch boxes!).
Peanut (legume) and tree nuts (including: walnuts, almonds, hazelnut, cashew, pistachio and Brazil nuts) are among the most common types of allergies in children and adults and can cause severe and life threatening consequences. These allergies are often lifelong.
Sesame seed, though not a tree nut, shares similar proteins and is also a rising allergen.
Both sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds (pepitas) on other hand, are rare allergens. They form the basis of today's bars along with apricot, soft apple, ground flaxseed and oatmeal. These bars are no-bake, dairy free, egg free and gluten free so I'm hoping that the vast majority of those who suffer from common food allergies can enjoy them. As an added bonus, they taste remarkably similar to my homemade nut bars (consistently the most popular items at Inspired Edibles ;-) and are loaded with health-building nutrients.
If you've not yet tried sunflower seed butter, you're in for a real treat! Have fun experimenting and enjoy.
Love the colors!
Adding in the wet ingredients -- sunflower seed butter
is darker than almond and peanut butter
Make sure the batter is sticky before pressing down firmly
into the lined pan so that all the ingredients adhere into a singular slab
add a few more colorful pieces of fruit/seed to the top if desired and press down
Take a moment to admire your beautiful and intricate cobblestone pattern ;0)
I think I want this for my kitchen backsplash!
these dried apples are soft, chewy and all natural
they make a delicious addition to the nut-free bar and help bulk them up
You can roll any extra batter (or the entire batter for that matter)
into balls for granola bites!