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Watch: A Nut-Free Treat Schools and Kids Love

Man is it tough to find nut-free school lunch options, especially when nut butters are such an easy lunch box solution, or simply when you have kids who are obsessed with nuts and nut butters!

I've been making these Fruit and Seed Bars for my family for years and they're one of the snack and school lunch treats my kids request most.

Filled with oats, a mixture of seeds, naturally sweet honey, dried fruits and coconut, these bars have a nutty texture and sweet flavor that send jolts of happiness to your mouth with every bite. And they're nutritious too. You can look forward Omega-3 fatty acids (perfect for growing brains), protein (perfect for growing bones), Vitamin E, magnesium and much more good stuff.

Bonus tip_ After you bake and cut the bars, freeze them in a labeled zipper bag so you can pop out a few for school lunch anytime you need them. They'll defrost by lunch time and be the perfect sweet treat to round off the midday meal!

Image by Maren Caruso

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Hilari

    Catherine,
    I am a frequent follower to the Weelicious website and have made many of your delicious recipes. I was excited to watch your video about \"nut free treats\" as my nephew has a tree nut allergy. I was disappointed to discover that this treat would not be appropriate for most tree nut allergic children. Coconut is in fact a member of the tree nut family and is not a safe option for individuals with tree nut allergies. As I'm sure you are well aware, food allergies are dangerous and potentially life threatening. I just want to share this information for anyone who is considering baking this for a tree nut allergic child.

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  • Hilari

    Catherine,
    I am a frequent follower to the Weelicious website and have made many of your delicious recipes. I was excited to watch your video about \"nut free treats\" as my nephew has a tree nut allergy. I was disappointed to discover that this treat would not be appropriate for most tree nut allergic children. Coconut is in fact a member of the tree nut family and is not a safe option for individuals with tree nut allergies. As I'm sure you are well aware, food allergies are dangerous and potentially life threatening. I just want to share this information for anyone who is considering baking this for a tree nut allergic child.

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  • Hilari

    Catherine,
    I am a frequent follower to the Weelicious website and have made many of your delicious recipes. I was excited to watch your video about \"nut free treats\" as my nephew has a tree nut allergy. I was disappointed to discover that this treat would not be appropriate for most tree nut allergic children. Coconut is in fact a member of the tree nut family and is not a safe option for individuals with tree nut allergies. As I'm sure you are well aware, food allergies are dangerous and potentially life threatening. I just want to share this information for anyone who is considering baking this for a tree nut allergic child.

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  • Jill

    what kind of food processor are you using in this video?

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  • Jill

    what kind of food processor are you using in this video?

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  • Jill

    what kind of food processor are you using in this video?

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  • Jill

    what kind of food processor are you using in this video?

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  • Dylan

    Four year old Dylan declares her \"better than Martha Stewart\". (Snap.)
    That looks like a 9 cup Cuisinart, which sell for about $150.

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  • Dylan

    Four year old Dylan declares her \"better than Martha Stewart\". (Snap.)
    That looks like a 9 cup Cuisinart, which sell for about $150.

    leave a comment

  • Dylan

    Four year old Dylan declares her \"better than Martha Stewart\". (Snap.)
    That looks like a 9 cup Cuisinart, which sell for about $150.

    leave a comment

  • Dylan

    Four year old Dylan declares her \"better than Martha Stewart\". (Snap.)
    That looks like a 9 cup Cuisinart, which sell for about $150.

    leave a comment

  • Ktsue

    I read the posts below and I have some information that may be helpful to some of the readers:
    Firstly, my child is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Our (very well-respected) allergist informed us that coconut, though it is a tree nut, has a different set of proteins than other tree nuts and is therefore safe for many nut-allergic people to eat. She tested our child separately for coconut allergy and gave us the ok to try it - our child is eating it with no problem. Obviously you want to check with your own allergist first to be sure it's safe for your child. But if you haven't, it's worth double-checking... it could be one less food that you have to steer clear of!
    Secondly, I saw that some of you are unable to find seeds/butters free of cross-contamination (and I agree, the bulk bins seem too dangerous!). There's a butter called Sunbutter that's specifically made in a nut-free facility. They carry it at my local Target, or you can buy it from their website. Another company gerbsseeds.com sells raw and roasted seeds that are made in a facility free of the Top 8 allergens.
    Hope this info helps some of you, and I pray that your children (like mine) someday outgrow their allergies!

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    • Ktsue

      Oops sorry, the website for gerbs is www.mygerbs.com.

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  • Libby

    Yum,

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