There are some staples that I try to always have on hand in the house. Flax crackers, granola or granola bars, and coconut water kefir are a few. One of the challenges of having a child with so many allergies is that often even the most simple ingredients or foods are no longer safe. Granola/granola bars is one of those things - most of the standard less expensive brands are made in facilities that also process nuts, dairy, gluten, you name it. We have found one or two trusted brands that are made in a dedicated allergen free facility, but they are not easy to find and they are expensive - not to mention flavor choices are limited. I have made this recipe as granola and/or granola bars all winter, usually about once a week. It is so good my husband eats it out of the dehydrator before it is even ready.
Dehydrator Granola Bars
Allergy friendly dehydrator granola bars are a yummy treat for all ages. Crumble them to make granola - great over yogurt. If you don't have a dehydrator, don't worry - use your oven on the lowest setting.
Mix everything but the coconut milk together really well in a bowl. Make sure sunflower butter is fully blended - I have found using my fingers and rubbing it together with my fingers like making pie crust works great to get the sunflower butter fully blended. You can also just pulse a few times in your food processor - it will help the bars stay together but don't over whiz or you will miss the nice chunky bits.
The possibilities are endless. Once you start making this you won't be able to stop. Delicious!
Tip: Don't forget to always read your packaging. Some brands of dried fruit and seeds are made in shared facilities with other allergens. Read the package or make your own! To make your own dried fruit, simply spread fresh fruit evenly on the dehydrator sheet. For berries like blueberries or raspberries use whole. For fruit like apples or bananas, remove peel, slice in 1/4 to 1/2" thick pieces and place on your dehydrator sheets. Dry in your dehydrator on fruit setting until full dry. Store in an airtight container until use!
I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, permaculturist, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two unschooled boys in south central Wisconsin.