Do you need a healthy snack option in your kids’ lunchbox and are tired of buying the same overpriced snack bars over and over again at the grocery? You will love this recipe. These chocolate chip cookie dough snack bars are a copy cat recipe for the very popular store-bought ones.
Granola bars are a great after-school snack. Finding one that has all natural ingredients and is organic and affordable can be a challenge. If you have a gluten-free and nut-free kid, even more difficult.
I’ve never made granola bars before. Every recipe I found was either full of tree nuts, peanuts, or binding agents I don’t want to use. For this reason, I’ve chosen to put off creating my own and focusing my attention on nutritious school lunches.
Since starting my daughter on a gluten-free diet, I’ve been experimenting a lot in my personal blog with different recipes and ideas to make them delicious and healthy for my daughter (who also has a peanut allergy).
I finally decided to tackle my nemesis: the granola bar.
It’s delicious. I know. Try to control yourself from eating it yet! You’ll thank me later. This recipe is really easy to make. You measure and mix the ingredients, spread it on a baking dish, cool, cut, and serve!
While you’ve been standing there, smelling them, wanting them, waiting for them to cool, I know you’ve been eating chocolate chips from the bag. Admit it! Okay, maybe that’s just me, but it also gave me the yummy idea to melt some additional chocolate chips and drizzle it over the bars. Mmm…
You don’t have to add the drizzle, but I did. I went there. There’s no going back now; there are never regrets when it comes to chocolate!
I wrapped the bars individually in waxed paper and stored them in an airtight container with a lid. That way, we can easily grab bars on the go for lunches or snacks!
These have been a big hit with the fella and my Little Miss! The smell of a banana chocolate chip muffin, but the yummy texture of a granola bar. From my family to yours, ENJOY!
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Okay, okay. Back to the recipe. I love oats and raisins. My kids love those chewy bars with the oat man on them, but I don’t like buying them. We finally came to a happy place when, after hundreds of tries, I nailed this recipe. Goodbye box, hello homemade.
I love this recipe because it’s also no-bake! You read it correctly. It’s a no-bake recipe! Woohooo!!! I hope this recipe is as much of a success at your house as it is in mine.
Line an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan or glass baking dish with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, rice cereal, salt, and raisins. Set aside.
In a small pot, melt the butter, brown rice syrup, and brown sugar. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat, and cook for 4 minutes on medium-low, but make sure the mixture continues to minimally bubble. Stir often. After 4 minutes, turn off the heat, and add the vanilla. Stir to combine.
Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
Dump evenly coated mixture into the lined baking dish. Cover with parchment paper, and press down with your hands until the mix is well packed. Just when you think you’ve pressed down enough, press again.
Allow the pan to cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours.
Lift the parchment paper out onto a cutting board, and slice into 12 bars.
Do you buy packaged bars because they have few ingredients and are healthy? What If I told you that it’s really easy to make them yourself?
There are so many choices out there when it comes to snack bars. In a pinch, I’ll often grab a box of Z Bars or Lara Bars, to add to lunches or pack in soccer bags for a post-practice treat.
What I’ve found though, is that making a homemade version of Lara Bars really couldn’t be easier. And the bonus? My kids love them even more because they can help make them. The ingredient list is as short and sweet and the time it takes to make them.
This recipe allows for all kinds of room for experimenting with new flavors. Swap out the peanuts and peanut butter for almonds and almond butter. Add in dried fruit instead of chocolate chips. Maybe a dash of cinnamon to celebrate the flavors of fall?
There are so many combinations to try, you could make a new flavor every week! These add the perfect extra nutritional boost to a MOMables lunch if you have an older child or an athlete. Thanks to the Wannabe Chef you can make these at home.
In a food processor, process dates and peanuts until they begin to form a paste.
Add in peanut butter and continue to process until a dough begins to form.
Add in chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap and spoon in date mixture. Press into rectangle, about 3/4 of an inch thick. Refrigerate 1-2 hours until firm. Picking up parchment liner, remove from loaf pan and cut into individual bars. Wrap individually and store in refrigerator. They are good for about a week.
If using raisins, soak them in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes to rehydrate them, drain water, and use in recipe.
Quick desserts never seem like they are healthy, want one that is?
Want a healthy dessert that is easy and quick to get together? That also includes vegetables?! Well here you go! I aim to please. I stumbled on these Carrot Zucchini Bars years ago and have made them ever since. They are a favorite in our family, and I hope they will be in yours too.