Inside: Get a recipe for a nut free snack bar that’s packed with wholesome ingredients like oats and applesauce. They make an easy breakfast or snack for kids and grown-ups.
If you need a bar that can easily be grabbed for breakfast or snacks but that’s totally nut- and peanut-free–and if you have people in your house (like my husband) who don’t like banana in anything, this bar is for them!
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These nut free snack bars are soft and moist, sweet (but not too sweet), and very satisfying. You could easily swap in dried fruit for the chocolate chips.
How to make Nut-Free Snack Bars
Mix dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon) in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, honey, and vanilla and mix well.
Add wet to dry ingredients and stir until combined.
Pour batter into baking pan lined with parchment and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned around edges and set in the middle. Gently lift bars out of pan and set on cooling rack. When cool, slice into squares.
What kind of oats should I use in these nut-free bars?
I used old-fashioned oats in these (they’re bigger and chewier) but you could also use quick oats. Remember that all oats (whether old-fashioned or quick) are 100% whole grain and high in fiber.
I can’t eat eggs (or don’t have any). Now what?
You can make these bars without using the eggs. As a substitute for each egg, use a flax egg. How to make a flax egg: Combine one tablespoon ground flaxseed with three tablespoons water, stir, and let it sit for at least five minutes to thicken. Double this to replace both eggs in this recipe.
What is white whole wheat flour?
For this recipe, I used white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. It’s made from white wheat (instead of the usual red) and is lighter in color and milder tasting than regular whole wheat. But like all whole grains, the wheat kernels haven’t been stripped of any of their parts. So the flour is naturally rich in fiber, iron, protein, and B vitamins. But if you don’t have any, you can also use all-purpose flour or regular whole wheat flour.
How should you store these bars?
Keep these bars in an airtight container for 1-3 days on the counter. Because they’re moist, they should be transferred to the refrigerator for longer storage.
Can you freeze these nut-free bars?
Yes! Wrap them tightly in foil, then place inside a freezer-safe plastic bag. For best quality, defrost and eat within a few months.
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- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour, or regular whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Leave enough extra to drape the edges over slightly so you can lift the bars out when they're done. (Or you can spray or grease the pan generously instead.)
- Mix dry ingredients (oats through cinnamon) in a medium bowl. In another bowl, combine eggs, applesauce, honey, and vanilla and mix well.
- Add wet to dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned around edges and set in the middle.
- Gently lift bars out of pan and set on cooling rack. When cool, slice into squares.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 94Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g