Do you know how hard it is to find a recipe for a granola bar without oats, nuts, coconut, dates, corn syrup or honey?!
Can you imagine what it might look like? Well it might look something like this. This big brown mushy, lumpy, crusty, ugly matter.
I was trying for a vegan bar, sans the things I'm allergic to (oats, most nuts, dates...) Alas, it was an experiment gone wrong.
Albeit a reasonably tasty one.
It's been a while since I had to throw out a whole pan of stuff. Then again, maybe my tolerance for bad, squishy, gluten-free food has just increased!
That isn't to say I won't try it again. It's just that it'll be awhile before I'm willing to throw a pan's worth of ingredients into the garbage!
I searched and searched around online, but couldn't find much in the way of options. Yes, people suggest GF oats, but it's not just the gluten that is a problem - some people with oral allergy syndrome are actually allergic to oats themselves. And many are allergic to nuts and dates.
I did find some suggestions for subbing quinoa or lentils for oats, and some that suggested using sweet potato in lieu of sticky stuff.
So I kind of guess-timated a mix of cooked quinoa, lentils, millet flour and sweet potatoes and applesauce, along with some raisins, molasses, some flax meal to bind things and other things...
Apparently I used too much applesauce, or too much of stuff that made things... squishy.
So there's no recipe for this yet, I just thought I would share it because, well, we all muck up sometimes. I'm getting better at avoiding these types of epic, allergy-free fails, but every now and then, when I'm testing out something completely new, it still happens!
Have you had any epic baking fails lately?
And do you have a great energy bar recipe that's free of oats, coconut, nuts, and dates? If so, please link it below!
|The non-granola bar - tasting alright but feeling yucky|
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