Sep 2, 2014

Back to School Recipes: Homemade Healthy Granola Bars

I love, and have always loved, granola bars. They're also a perfect snack for back-to-school and in general beloved by kids and adults alike. They can also be quite healthy and pack great convenient energy!

For those interested in snacking with less waste (no individual wrappers necessary - you can use reusable tupperware for transport!) and saving some money, here's a great recipe for healthy homemade granola bars!

My 9-year-old sister (yes, we have a 12 year age gap) says taste better than Kashi!

Healthy Granola Bars
Makes 10-12 granola bars

* 2 c. quick cooking oats
* 2/3 c. sugar
* 1/2 c. Uncle Sam's Original High Fiber Cereal
* 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
* 1 c. all-purpose flour
* 1/2 c. raisins
* 1/2 c. craisins
* 1 tsp. salt
* 1/2 c. honey (generous)
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1/2 c. natural peanut butter, melted
* 2 tsp. vanilla extract

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 8" x 8" baking pan.

2) Mix first eight ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 

3) Mix the honey, egg, melted peanut butter, and vanilla extract in a small bowl. 

4) Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix with your hands (dough will be dry and crumbly).

5) Press dough into the greased baking pan. Really pack it in, this is hands on and granola bar-making isn't for sissies!

6) Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden with lightly browned edges. 

7) Cool for five minutes, then slice - don't cool completely before slicing or the bars will be too hard to cut without crumbling. 

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