Gluten free, dairy free breakfasts. Option 11 – cereal bars Reply

‘Travelling breakfasts’ are not easy for my intolerant child. Last summer we stayed in a hotel for a few nights and sorting breakfast was such a challenge. We took our gluten free, dairy free cereals and our own carton of dairy free milk. We didn’t have a fridge in our room, so took kept the milk in a lunch box full of ice packs. It was still fresh on the first morning, but pretty rough by the second day as the ice packs had melted.

We had also taken his special bread, but could only take a tiny amount of the dairy free spread to go in the ice packs with the milk and again by the second day it was no good. If Zac wasn’t so fussy he could have had some of the cooked breakfast but as the sausages were almost certainly not gluten free and the cross contamination risk was high, he just ‘hit the fruit bar’ quite hard and had fruit salad every morning with a pot of ‘dry cereal’ and some dry bread. He didn’t seem to mind, but I felt sorry for him and that is when I decided I should try and make a cereal bar, just for occasions like these.

I know there are some readily available in the ‘free from’ sections of the supermarkets but they are quite expensive and rather sugar laden so I decided to see if I could make a cereal bar that is hopefully more healthy, economical and delicious.

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Gluten free, dairy free breakfasts. Option 7 – granola bars 1

I am not sure what the difference is between a flapjack and granola. I suspect they may be the same thing. Growing up (for me) flapjack used to be more of a tea time treat, but in recent years, I have spied ‘granola bars’ that look suspiciously like flapjacks, on sale in coffee shops as breakfast foods. 

From what I can see both are made from oats and fruits, which do appear in many breakfast cereals/dishes, so I am going to propose this recipe as another safe breakfast option for gluten free, dairy free kids. It has gluten free oats and from what I have read, oats are a great thing to eat at any time of day. I have also been told that dried fruits are a good source of iron, so although at first glance this might just look a bit like flapjack for breakfast, I think it is still better than a lot of boxed junk breakfast cereals. It is certainly more filling, serve it with my dairy free smoothie or some yoghurt and I reckon that is a pretty nutritious breakfast.

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