I’ve found it! I think it’s the one… after all these months of searching…I found a favorite recipe for grain-free granola bars!
This recipe was originally found and posted on The Seasonal Family blog and then introduced to me on Facebook through Just Eat Real Food (love so many of their recipes) . And now, I must share it with YOU!
Each time I walk down that aisle in the grocery store (you know, the one with all those glorified cookies that your kids think they need), my head spins.
I don’t want to feed my children processed foods. And if I do give in to their pleas, I feel kind of ridiculous paying $1.69 for the one organic, non-GMO bar they’ve got on the shelves. It’s ludicrous!
Make your own! With a few healthy ingredients, you will be amazed how easy these granola bars are to make and they taste absolutely amazing!
Your Child’s School Lunch
My son will be starting school in the Fall and I know he’ll be asking for similar items as his friend’s for lunch.
I know how commonplace granola bars have become in student’s lunches, too. I spent 4 years teaching preschoolers and it wasn’t uncommon for 75% of them to have a granola bar of some sort in their Dora the Explorer lunch box.
As a result of my wanting to make preparations for the upcoming school year, a search for recipes that not only tasted good to my kids, but were healthful and relatively easy began a few months ago . “What will I pack in his lunchbox?” and “How will I avoid buying pre-packaged foods?” I’ve asked myself countless times.
And here it is folks, a recipe for every parent’s kitchen! A granola bar you can feel good about sending your kid to school with!
Wondering why I LOVE this particular recipe so much? I’ll tell ya!
It’s delicious! (my kids
It’s quick! (seriously, 10 minutes of actual ‘work’)
It yields a lot.
It’s flexible. (you decide which nuts, seeds, nut butter and dried fruit to add.)
No baking. (that’s ideal for us desert dwellers, especially – too hot to bake!)
Recipe slightly adapted from Seasonal Family
- 2.5 cups mixed nuts and seeds (add about 1/2 cup of each variety of nut/seed)
- 1/2-1 cup dried fruits
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- Begin by pouring the nut/seed ingredients into a food processor. If using large pieces of dried fruit you can also add them to the processor at this time or chop them by hand.
- Pulse ingredients for a short time. You aren’t trying to get them super tiny – larger chunks are okay.
- Add the coconut, chopped dried fruit, coconut and chocolate chips to the mixture.
- In a saucepan, warm and mix together the remaining ingredients.
- Turn off the heat and pour the nut mixture into the saucepan to combine all ingredients together.
- Pour the mixture into an 8×8 silicone pan or similar size container lined with parchment paper.
- Press firmly and evenly to make a square.
- Place in the freezer for two hours.
- Store in refrigerator or freezer.
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So please share with us; which homemade snack do you pack in your child’s lunch?