No time to make a sandwich? No problem. Grab some grain free sunbutter and jelly bars from the freezer and an allergen friendly lunch is ready in no time.
We’ve been back to school for exactly one week. And I’m already sick of packing lunches. Anybody else?
In all honesty I don’t mind it *too* much. But it sure is nice when I have some easy things to pack that are filling and nutritious.
Skip the nuts.
Of course I’m always conscious of allergies too. So while peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are about the easiest thing to make I don’t pack them in my daughter’s lunch (even though she is not allergic to nuts).
Recently I started using sunbutter in place of nut butters. My kids love it! I love that I don’t have to worry about them getting nuts on their baby sister when they eat it. Plus I can send it to school without potentially causing another child harm.
That means my daughter does get sunbutter sandwiches once in a while. They are easy and delicious.
Skip the bread.
But there is something even easier!
Grain free sunbutter and jelly bars are easy to make, easy to pack and easy to eat. You get the added bonus that you don’t have to worry about making or finding decent bread! This is especially key if you are gluten, grain or anything else free.
To make the dough simply dump all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix. The “jelly” filling is just three ingredients pureed in the blender for thirty seconds.
Then pour, bake and eat.
Skip the long lunch prep.
I like to make a big batch so I can keep a bunch in the freezer. Then packing lunch is easy and has virtually no preparation. In fact kids can pack it themselves!
A sunbutter and jelly bar paired with veggies and dip and some fresh fruit is a great lunch. Or you can really boost the nutrition factor by pairing it with a thermos of your favorite soup. My daughter loves split pea!
Change the flavor.
Let your kids pick the jelly flavor. Strawberry is a favorite here. But raspberry, cherry and blueberry all work well.
If your kids don’t like jelly then you can make the bars without the filling. It will be like a sunbutter and honey sandwich.
Are you in need of another easy lunch component to add to your rotation? Skip the sandwich. Go for grain free sunbutter and jelly bars. They are sure to be a hit!
Don’t need to pack a lunch? Serve them for breakfast. Kids love them any time of day.
- 1/2 cup sunbutter
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 2 eggs (or flax or gelatin eggs)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup fruit (strawberry, blueberry, cherry, raspberry), thawed and drained if using frozen
- 1 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- Heat oven to 350*F. Grease a 7x11 baking pan.
- In a large bowl combine all of the bar ingredients. Beat until well mixed.
- Spread half of the dough into the greased pan.
- Blend the filling ingredients in a blender until pureed. Pour the filling over the dough in the pan. Spread.
- Pour the remaining half of the dough on top of the filling.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Allow to cool. Cut into bars.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to one year.
- White rice flour can be substituted for tapioca. It will no longer be grain free.
- The eggs can be replaced with ground flax seeds.
- You can also assemble the bars by pouring all of the batter into the pan and pouring the filling on top.
- Any nut or seed butter will work in place of the sunbutter.