Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Snacks on the Go

A well planned snack can save the day.  One of our favorite snacks is granola bars. I like to make our granola bars whenever possible.  I have lots of food allergies and my daughters have some food intolerance so homemade is the way to go for us. I've read a ton of granola bar recipes trying to find one that wasn't too sweet, too hard, too weird, etc.  I finally have come up with my own version that suits our needs well.

Granola Bars


 Ingredients:
  • 4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups rice cereal (like Rice Krispies or crunched up Chex)
  • Flax, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, whatever healthy thing you want to mix in. I do about 1/2 cup each (Note- if you do more than 2 mix-ins, subtract equal amount from oats or cereal so it'll still stick together well)
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup honey or brown rice syrup (you can use corn syrup but I was trying to get away from it)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen chocolate chips
  • Raisins, dates, other dried fruit- 1 to 1/2 cups each (If you do more than 2, subtract equal amount from oats or cereal so everything will still stick together well)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350.  In a large bowl (very large), mix oats, cereal, flax, and seeds  until well combined.  
  2. Stir in melted butter, syrup or honey until lightly combined.
  3. Add frozen chocolate chips (I add them here so they won't melt with the hot butter) and mix everything well.  
  4. Pour into a pan with at least a little bit of an edge (ours is a baking sheet about 12x17).  Spread out evenly.  If you have a small hole its no big deal as it'll spread as it cooks.  
  5. Cook for about 15-20 minutes.  You should see it slightly bubble when you take it out.  Let cool.
  6. Cut and either wrap individually in saran wrap or stack in a Tupperware with butcher paper in between layers.  
The other great thing about making your own besides controlling the ingredients is you also get to control the size.  I cut smaller ones for my littlest ones and slightly larger for older kids.  My husband definitely gets the biggest one.  

Pair a small granola bar with a Greek tube yogurt or string cheese and you have a great snack! Fruit, protein, grains, seeds, and even chocolate!  

You can add a cup of sugar in if you don't think its sweet enough for your kids but I find when I use honey or brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup the flavor is more intense so we don't miss the sugar. 

What's one of your favorite on the go snacks?


Do you have lots of food allergies like me? I have just discovered my new favorite website for finding recipes that I can actually eat!  Its called Fits Me and it uses a Pinterest style to search for recipes.  The reason why I like it is because you can check allergies, type of diets you are following, enter dislikes or other allergies not listed, and it'll automatically sort those out for you!  Seriously, its my best friend now.  I can easily look at the recipes and add them to a meal plan.  I love it (and its free!).  

6 comments :

  1. I love how this is nut free. I've pinned this to #theultimateparty board.

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  2. I've only tried making homemade granola bars once, and I have to say my family did love them over the store bought kinds. We like to take trail mix with us for on the go and honey wheat pretzels are always a favorite too.

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    1. I love honey wheat pretzels too Tammy- the twist kinds. Definitely a great snack.

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