Granola Bar Recipe: nut free, dairy free, and packed with protein

Life as a parent is infinitely more complicated than I could have imagined as a kid playing "house." The little things that make it easier (like packing lunch at night) are complete godsends. Simple, straightforward recipes are just as important. These granola bars are outrageously delicious and easy to make with my kids (prep time is only 15 minutes!) and I feel great knowing that there are no unpronounceable ingredients and nothing artificial. This recipe is also nut free, dairy free, packed with fiber and protein and can be easily modified with slight changes (noted below). I’m happy to pack these with my kids’ lunches any day of the week.

LaLa Granola Bars
granola bars

The Recipe:
1 ⅓ cups rolled oats (old fashioned, not instant)
1/3 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground flax meal
1/2 cup raisins (*can substitute dried cherries instead)
1 cup puffed kamut cereal (*can substitute puffed brown rice cereal)
6 tablespoons coconut oil (*can substitute vegetable oil)
2/3 cup sunflower seed butter (*can substitute any nut butter)
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips (*can use any chocolate chips, or eliminate completely)

The Method
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
In a mixing bowl, add the oats, oat flour, salt, cinnamon and flax meal. Mix thoroughly.
Add the raisins, puffed kamut and coconut oil and stir to eliminate clumps in the coconut oil. Fold in the soy nut butter, honey and water, carefully coating the ingredients but not pulverizing them in the process. Finally add the chocolate chips.
Spread evenly on the parchment paper. Mixture should be about one inch thick.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Let cool for ten minutes and cut into bars.