So since I found out about my laundry list of allergies I’ve had to give up a few foods. Nuts are the big offender and they’re in everything! I’ve really had to relearn how to eat, remember to look at ingredients, to ASK when I’m eating out, and I’m still learning. Baby steps.

Snacks are really where I’ve struggled and god damnit I love snacks! I am queen of snacking! I love chocolate  and biscuits and granola bars and so many of them have nuts, or are just super likely to be contaminated with nuts. There’s a danger component, there’s a risk now when I want a snack and it sucks. No one wants to treat themselves and have it make them super sick.

I’ve spent the past three months trying to find safe nut free pre-packaged snacks but tbh that’s been pretty much a flop. I knew granola bars were easy, I remember my mom making them when I was little so I finally got around to making my own! I like my snacks fully loaded so I found some pretty basic recipes online and just personalised them. I’ve swapped out nuts for seeds, added a little extra salt because I love salt with my sweet and in 15 minutes I had a weeks worth of delicious nut free snacks!

My bars were loaded up with chia, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, some diced figs and dates, and of course chocolate chips!


Author: Gwendolyn Faker

There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight. -Gertrude Jekyll (29/11/1843 – 8/12/1932)

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