Sweet Treats

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As a recovering OCD mom, I've learned how to let go a little and enjoy having my kids help in the kitchen.  Of course there are times when all 3 of them are arguing over who gets to add which ingredient, or who gets to stir. And every single time, there is a little extra flour or other cooking ingredient spread across the counter (or floor), but thats all a part of their learning experience, right ?  I actually do still cringe a little on the inside when I see every single measuring tool or bowl being used, or when the mess seems to have reached the living room, but I have to say that my kids LOVE being in the kitchen and in the end, that is well worth it!

Healthy & nutritious, Top 8 Free, homemade granola bars. 

Homemade granola bar, loaded with only good stuff. Top 8 free!

(this post has been updated with more recent photos)

Say goodbye to boxed granola bars! These delicious, no-bake, Vegan and Allergy-free bars will have your kids begging for more and you won't feel guilty for saying "yes".

These bars were inspired by the 'not-so-healthy", "not-so-allergy-friendly" bars on the market today.  I cannot tell you how many times I've just stood and stared at the rows and rows of bars in the grocery aisle.  Have you ever done that?  It can be overwhelming just looking at all the choices but then take into consideration trying to find ones that are allergy-safe, and that's a whole nother level of stress. There have been a few times when I thought "this is it, I think I found a bar that is healthy", but then read through the ingredients only to see that it contains 1 or more of our allergens. 

Because of this, there aren't very many bars that I can safely recommend, so I decided to make my own homemade granola bar.  This recipe is by far our favorite and since they never last long, so be sure to make an extra batch! I call it our "Go Go Granola Bar" because it's perfect for moms, dads and kids on the go, and they go rather quickly :). It's also perfect for those of us who want a healthy bar, filled with real food, good fats, protein and none of the Top 8 allergens! 

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If you are like me, I can get this craving for something sweet, however, I tend to go for fruity and light, especially during the warmer seasons.   Thankfully I have a ton of cookbooks to pull from and as I went looking for what would make,  I found this recipe for Banana Blueberry Cake in Chloe's Vegan Desserts cookbook and I had to give it a whirl.