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Nut-free Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola Bars

I am always looking for healthy, nut-free recipes to put in my kids’ lunch kits. Store-bought granola bars and fruit snacks are typically very high sugar, so I spent many weekends trying to perfect just the right, healthy, chewy granola bars that my kids love. 

Serves 16
Prep time 7 minutes, total 32 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper, letting the paper overlap.
  2. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well. In a medium bowl whisk together fruit purée, honey, butter and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until dry ingredients are completely coated.
  3. Pour wet granola mixture into prepared pan and spread evenly to the edges. Use the back of the spoon or hands to press down firmly until granola is tightly packed.
  4. Bake on middle rack of the oven for approx. 25 minutes, until the top is lightly browned and dry to touch. Remove pan from oven and let cool completely. Using the parchment paper overlap, pull out cooled slab and transfer to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut bars into 16 pieces (approx. 1½ x 4 inches each). Tightly wrap individual bars in plastic wrap and store in fridge.
  5. When cutting these, avoid a sawing motion and press the knife straight down.

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In the early days of researching how and when to start solids with my babies, I made the decision to start with a vegetable opposed to a fruit. After rice cereal, the first food I brought to their lips was broccoli. I wanted to ensure they developed a taste for greens, as I know these important nutrients can be hard won down the road.

To my surprise, my daughter ate up her broccoli without hesitation; my son on the other hand, was not as willing. So I mixed his broccoli with a little pear purée and watched him gobble it up! That's when I learned the power of blending.