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Family with EoE Dares You to Try Eating Just One of These Allergy-Friendly Granola Bars

May 17-23 marks National Eosinophil Awareness week, and to mark the occasion Kids With Food Allergies introduces guest blogger Elizabeth DiBurro of EBL Food Allergies. She shares recipes and tips on parenting with multiple food allergies and EoE. Her son was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) in 2012 after symptoms of difficulty swallowing, which later progressed to a temporary inability to swallow solid foods. She cooks all of his meals at home (with the help of her husband) and chooses not to eat out at restaurants with her son due to the amount and severity of his allergies. Today, she will share one of her family’s favorite snack recipes, Super Awesome Granola Bars, which are packed with protein and free of the top 8 allergens and gluten.

 

One of my goals when my son was first diagnosed with EoE was to add protein to his diet. I needed to find a food that he wanted to eat that was free of the top 8 allergens, which is how I came up with this super yummy granola bar recipe. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed with this one.


I frequently change up the ingredients. I’ve tried dried apricot and coconut, dried apple and raisins, and dried cherries and chocolate.

 

Here is my favorite: raisin (golden and regular), dried cranberry, and chocolate. I’ve also used the molasses mixture to drizzle on top of salted freshly popped popcorn and chocolate for an amazing salty sweet snack!

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Super Awesome Granola Bars

 

Ingredients:

 

6 cups gluten-free oats
¼ cup chia seeds
½ cup cooking oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
½ cup apple juice
¼ cup molasses
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 ½ cup gluten-free crispy rice cereal or puffed brown rice
1 scoop of brown rice protein powder
1 cup raisins
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup allergy-friendly chocolate chips

 

Directions:

 

1. In a large bowl mix oats, chia seeds, oil and salt. Pour mixture onto two foil covered sheet pans and bake on 350 for 20 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from heat, put aside and lower oven temp to 325.

 

2. In a medium size saucepan add brown sugar, honey, apple juice, and molasses over medium heat until bubbles start to form. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

 

3. In the large mixing bowl stir together oat mixture, molasses mixture and the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips) until well blended.

 

4. Pour mixture into a large parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Using another sheet of parchment paper, press the mixture into pan.

 

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes and remove from oven. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the granola bars and using parchment paper carefully press the chips into the bars (I sometimes use the bottom of a measuring cup because the granola bars will be hot).

 

6. Allow to cool completely (and keep the parchment paper on for easy moving) before attempting to remove from the pan. Slice into individual size servings and enjoy.

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The hardest part of this entire recipe is not eating too many granola bars in one sitting. Everyone who tries them loves them and they don’t even realize they’re free of the top 8 allergens! They’re perfect for a grab-n-go snack, to pack in a lunchbox, or even a last-minute breakfast item.

 


EBL-Elizabeth-DiBurroElizabeth DiBurro has been blogging about food allergies and EoE for over four years. Her son is allergic to peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, garlic, and recently outgrew a soy allergy. After her son experienced two anaphylactic reactions to dairy and was diagnosed with EoE, cooking delicious, safe food and raising anaphylaxis and EoE awareness became very important to her. She shares recipes, product information, helpful tips, and personal stories at EBL Food AllergiesFacebook, and Instagram.

 

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@Will Way - We reached out to the recipe creator and this was her response:

The protein powder is not needed and I frequently make them without and they still taste amazing!!! 

We are sharing this information for your convenience. It is not an endorsement or a guarantee of the product's safety. Always read ingredient labels. Contact the manufacturer, if needed, to confirm the safety for your child.

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). AAFA is the largest and oldest nonprofit patient organization dedicated to asthma and allergies. KFA educates families and communities with practical food allergy management strategies to save lives and improve the quality of life for children and their families. Our online community includes public blogs. To post a comment, you will need to register or sign in.

Leslie, I'm not sure ... I'm thinking you could try it without it but you may have to adjust the other ingredients because the protein powder may act like a binder of sorts, and it may be too wet otherwise. I'll send up a flare and see if we can't figure it out.

Cynthia

DD - 18 corn and apple, peanut, oat and soy 

Me - Avoiding celery in processed foods after RXN to celery

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These look great.  If I don't have protein powder, could I just leave it out or is there a good substitute?

Leslie in Oklahoma

9-year-old son--allergy to eggs, peanuts, some tree nuts, wheat and penicillin.  Seasonal allergies and dairy intolerance. Reactive airway disorder and eczema.

11-year-old son--seasonal allergies, cat allergy

 

JMC623! Join us on the KFA forums, where you can get lots of good suggestions and support! Our Food and Cooking forum is a great place to ask questions about safe substitutes to make recipes work for you -- the moms on KFA's Food and Cooking forum helped me plan a corn-free, peanut free, soy-free Chinese New Year Banquet, so I'd say they can just about do anything.

Cynthia

DD - 18 corn and apple, peanut, oat and soy 

Me - Avoiding celery in processed foods after RXN to celery

Learn the basics of food allergy management with KFA's online course - Enroll Today!

We also cannot have rice. This has been a big frustration for us. My son is newly diagnosed with many food allergies, and I am having trouble finding recipes without rice.

In this recipe, are there any ingredients that can be used instead of rice? Thank you so much!

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