I was perusing the King Arthur Flour website, and found this recipe for Chewy Granola Bars - no nuts required, no peanut butter either (and while I *think* the Girl's classroom doesn't have any nut allergies this year, just to be safe...), and great reviews. Sounds like a winner to me! I made some granola bars last year, but I was kind of disappointed in them. These look much better.
If you follow the link, you will see the King Arthur Flour Recipe.
I did not have their sticky bun sugar, so I used the substitution recommended in the side bar of the recipe.
For add-ins, I used a mixture of chopped dates, jumbo raisins (yellow and regular), cinnamon chips, cinnamon flav-r-bites, and beveri flax seed with berries. For the liquid sugar, I used real maple syrup. Because I'm a Vermonter, and maple calls to me. I did not add in the extra 1/3 c of sugar.
I lined the pan with foil and sprayed it with cooking spray, and pressed the mixture down pretty tightly before baking.
They turned out perfectly! I can't wait to pack these in school lunches (and my own, too!). I'll wrap them up and keep them in the freezer.