Kid-Tested, Nut-Free Granola Bars
Easy granola bars that do not get sticky or fall apart when packed in a lunchbox. Lots of nutrition has been snuck into a bar that is as appealing to kids as to their health-conscious caregivers. I like to store most of them in the freezer and just pull out a few at a time to thaw.
If you do not have parchment paper on hand, grease the pan very well before adding the granola.
I used spelt flour because I like the mild taste and added nutrition, but nearly any flour would likely work, including wheat. For a gluten-free option, amaranth, millet, quinoa, sorghum, and gluten-free oat flours would all work well.
Things you can add in step 3 include sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, dried blueberries, or crystallized ginger. My kids' favorite combination is mini chocolate chips and coconut flakes.