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Friday, January 20, 2012

Nut-Free Berry Snack Bars and Lunchbox Love ... 1/20/12

Nut-Free Berry Snack Bars

Welcome to our weekly Friday feature, Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Love!  This link party is specifically for your dishes that will travel well in a lunchbox, and if they're free of some (or all) of the top eight food allergens, that's even better :)

Today I have a fun little snack bar for you...instead of nuts, it contains ground pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and oats, and for flavor I used dried berries and jam to hold it all together.  You'll need a food processor to grind the pumpkin seeds (they'll be shooting all over the kitchen if you try with a knife), but don't worry about getting them crushed to a powder ... leave them a bit choppy for texture.

Nut-Free Berry Snack Bars

1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 1/2 cups instant oatmeal (GF)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1 cup fruit-only jam (I used raspberry & blueberry)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut oil to grease the pan

Grease an 8x8" baking dish with coconut oil.  Grind the pumpkin seeds in a food processor.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, oatmeal and sesame seeds.  Add dried fruit and cinnamon, then stir.  Add the jam and mix well.  Press into the baking dish until well-flattened, then bake at 275 degrees F for 1 hour.  Let cool completely before cutting.


At last week's link party, Life Currents shared a funky green muffin made with spinach and quinoa (not the flour, the whole grain).  Click on the name of the muffin below to jump to her site for all the details.

by Life Currents

Now it's time for this week's link party!  What did you pack for lunch this week?

Shared with Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet and Freaky Friday at Real Food Freaks and Fresh Bites Friday at Real Food Whole Health and Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade and Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna's Vintage Home and Friday Food at Mom Trends and Happiness Is at Rub Some Dirt On It and Wonderful Wednesday at Ducks In A Row and Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist and Real Food 101 at Ruth's Real Food and the Homestead Barn Hop at the Prairie Homestead and Fat Tuesday at Real Food Forager.


  1. I will be trying your recipe!! thanks for sharing & hosting :)

  2. Hi Lisa! I'm linking up Vegan GF Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales. Yummy!!! Have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for hosting! I posted cultured ginger root, full of healthy probiotics.

  4. Hi Lisa, Your snack bars look very tasty! I like the addition of fruit jam to the bars. This week I shared a recipe for Gluten-Free Lasagna and Grain-Free Apple Blackberry Crisp.
    Happy Friday!

  5. Happy Friday Lisa,

    Great recipe! I will have to try this for my friend's son who can't have nuts!

    This week I am submitting two recipes: (1) my daughter’s favorite chocolate pudding (made with avocado and pumpkin) and my homemade almond milk (I make it just a little different, using more water than most).

    Have a wonderful weekend. :-)


  6. love using instant oatmeal! thanks for this recipe! way less expensive and healthier than buying!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!

  7. Hi! I love the sound of those snack bars! This week I shared my recipe for refined sugar free Apple & Cardamom Muffins. Have a lovely weekend!

  8. awesome! Thanks for sharing my Spinach Quinoa Muffins. This rocks my day! And, as always, thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Thanks for hosting!! I posted my vegetarian chili and chips. Enjoy!!

  10. Hi - everyone's link up tool is different, I didn't post myself, no, but I did make a Grass-Fed Beef & Veggie Soup this past week, using my homemade bone broth. Are immunities are at full throttle! :) Enjoy!

  11. These sound great. We ski on weekends, so I'm always looking for good energy bar ideas!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on!

  12. Hi Lisa,
    I love this Friday linky. This week I linked a roundup of healthy and all GF and some dairy free superbowl snack ideas.

  13. Hi! I'm submitting baked pineapple ginger salmon! :)

  14. Beautiful and delicious :) A double whammy! You're a wonder. Thanks for sharing this with us at Rub Some Dirt On It!