A sweet and crunchy granola bar is a perfect snack for after school, a trip to the park, or as a lunch box filler. I love making my own because it is easy. I can control the ingredients, and there are so many more flavor combinations that I can create at home.
While there is some time investment up front, after they are prepared they become a tasty and healthy grab and go convenience food. Change up the ingredients a bit to suit you; use less brown sugar or substitute coconut sugar to make it even healthier. This is also a great recipe if you have a peanut free school, or your child is allergic to peanut butter.
To add an additional healthy punch, substitute ground flax seed or wheat germ for some of the flour.
Here are some ideas for add ins to create different flavors:
A good box of granola bars runs anywhere from $3-$4 which usually contains 8 bars. With the small amount you use from the larger bags of ingredients you are only spending about $2 on one batch that will make approximately 12 bars. Besides saving you money, this is a simple way to cut out some of the sugars, and preservatives that are in prepackaged granola bars.
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