Granola bars are a great example of something that you can easily make at home and they will be cheaper, better and much fresher then anything you can buy at the store. I like that you can add whatever you like to them and leave out all the stuff you don’t, like artificial sweeteners and preservatives. You can make them into any size or shape and you can even involve your kids in the process. I think kids are more likely to eat something if they had a hand in making it. You could even cut them with cookie cutters if you like, talk about a cool lunchbox snack. You can also make these really simple too and cut out about half the ingredients if you like, my son loves just about everything so I loaded these up today.
Granola Bar Recipe
- 3 Cups Oats, you can use whatever kind you like I have found that it doesn’t really matter much
- 10 Oz. Dates, pitted
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 1 Cup Almonds
- 1/4 Cup Honey, You could use all Maple Syrup or substitute Agave Nectar if you want to make them vegan
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup, Please use the real stuff…
- 1/2 Cup Creamy Salted Peanut Butter
- 1/4 Cup of Seeds, you can use whatever kind you like, Chia, Flax, Pumpkin, Sesame… Really anything works
- 1/2 Cup Rasins
- 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
Spread out oats and nuts on a rimmed cookie sheet and toast in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes until you can smell that everything is toasted and set aside to cool and place into a large mixing bowl. Process the dates in the food processor until they are broken up into very small pieces, about 1 minute or so and set aside. Warm up the honey, maple syrup and peanut butter in a small sauce pan over low heat until combined, mix in dates and pour over oats and nut mixture. Mix everything together until combined and then pour into a 9X13 baking dish lined with parchment paper and press down mixture firmly, the chocolate chips will melt and help the bars set up after they are cooled. Let them set up in the fridge or freezer until they are hard then take out and cut them however you want. You can wrap them individually to send in lunch boxes or you can keep them in a air tight container in the fridge, you can also freeze them and take them out as you need to keep them really fresh.