mouse's picture mouse

That looks like something I could adapt pretty easily to be gluten-free. Plus, they probably have less sugar than the ones we've been buying. I think I'll be experimenting next week!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

They aren't sweet at all--or, I should say, TOO sweet! When I first tried them I thought I would need to add brown sugar the next time, to make them more sweet. But then the kids have been eating them as is, so why mess with it? It's funny, sometimes I have the tendency to project--to imagine that my kids won't like something because it's not sweet enough, but then they surprise me!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Those look delicious! I am excited to hear what L thinks about the boxes. Giving him the book first was brilliant - letting him get on board before trying to sell him on the boxes. I hope it works out!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, Omaha! He likes the oatmeal bars, but I was dismayed to find the lunchbox returned untouched on FridaY. But he was out of sorts that day--didn't eat dinner, either. We're hoping for a clean start on Monday.

Sweet Pea Chef's picture Sweet Pea Chef

There is a new bento box/green store near us that opened up with umpteen different types of bento boxes to check out. I don't have to do school lunches until next year, but I already have my eye on them.

Keep us posted on how the bento box helps with lunch next week and beyond.

Your oatmeal bars look delish. And to the mom who wonders if you can make them gluten-free, you can! We have our super bar recipe ( that we alter a million different ways. The flour is simply a "binding" agent, so you can use rice flour, or soy flour.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much for the gluten-free tip!

I looked all over for a bento box store near us and couldn't find on in our area--how neat to have a whole store devoted to them!