Most parents pack snacks in their kids’ lunches including granola bars however it’s simple to make homemade granola bars and easier on the budget.
Healthy snacks for lunch don’t come cheap and if they do it’s because they were on sale or you might have had coupons that brought the price down.
Quaker granola bars are just one example of what you might find at the grocery store which are popular with the parents and the kids for lunch snacks.
There are so many brands of granola bars these days it’s hard to keep up. If you’re lucky you might find them on sale for $1.99 but I’ve seen them upwards of $3.99 a box.
You can make homemade granola bars at home for a fraction of the cost and yield more in comparison to what you find in a box off the grocery store shelf.
I like to send my children to school with healthy snacks that I know they will eat and trust me when I say these homemade granola bars are kid approved.
Although my kids enjoy fruits and nuts on their own they also like the homemade granola bars that I make for them.
I often wonder if sometimes other parents realize just how easy it is to make homemade snacks for the family rather than bulking out their grocery budget with pre-made snacks.
Once you get the hang of baking and learning new recipes you might just find that you skip the snack aisle at the grocery store. If you frugal like us keep an eye out at the bulk store for coupons and great sales on bulk foods such as oats, honey and dried fruits.
Homemade granola bars
I’ve busy in the kitchen as usual whipping up some more treats for the kiddos because I make homemade recipes whenever possible.
The other week I made for you the oatmeal jam squares but today I’m sharing with you my secret recipe for actual homemade granola bars. I like my granola bars quite crisp but you can make homemade chewy granola bars simply by not cooking them for as long.
My kids love this healthy snack and every week I make a batch of homemade granola bars for them to take to school and for other functions such as a pot-luck or family get-together.
I like these healthy granola bars myself and you can essentially add all sorts of nuts and dried fruits to make custom granola bars that suit you. If you fancy a bit of sweetness there’s nothing wrong with adding a few chocolate chips to the mix either.
Granola bars are a great energy boost and you can add just about put anything in them. I always like putting frozen fruit in mine so that I can change the bars every week. We also love coconut so there is always a handful or two added for that extra bit of crispness.
If you like a peanut butter granola bar add in some peanut butter and enjoy a splash of peanut in your homemade granola bars.
Now that the school term is coming to an end I will be doubling up on my baking treats as they are always hungry over the summer break. What you will enjoy the most about this easy granola bar recipe is simply how effortless it is to make.
I will also be making my cinnamon buns for the kids to take to school for their last day of school. They have been asking for ages if they can take some to school as every time I put one in for a treat their friends ask if they can have a taste lol! I don’t think I will have any spares that day!
How to make granola bars
- 2x cups of Oats
- 1x cup dried or frozen fruit (I used frozen cranberry in this one)
- 1x cup choc chips
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup butter (room temp)
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons of golden syrup or honey
- Mix all the ingredients into a bowl except the syrup/honey.
- Make sure the dry ingredients and butter are mixed well and resemble breadcrumbs.
- Now add the syrup/honey and mix well. I find using my hands gets the best results!
- Place in a 7" x11" greased pan (or line with parchment) and press firmly with back of metal spoon.
- Cook in oven for 20-30 mins depending on how crispy/chewy you like them
- When you take them out of the oven cut into bars and leave to cool in the pan.
- Makes 14 bars
- Prep Time 10mins
- Cook Time 20-30mins depending on how crispy/chewy you want them
- Oven Temp 177oC/350oF
There you have it, some great homemade granola bars that you can make in a jiffy to satisfy your sweet cravings. The homemade granola bars are also great to make with the kids as they get to mix the ingredients with their hands and it’s fairly simple.
Keep in an airtight container for up to a week but I’m sure they won’t last that long in your house.I am away to have mine now with a great big cool glass of homemade lemonade Mmm! Enjoy
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