Kids are home for the summer and many are in camps. Hard to sometimes find healthy snacks to pack in the lunch that are easy and healthy. Many of the granola bars you find at the stores have a variety of ingredients to corn syrup, artificial flavoring and preservatives not to mention a bunch of ingredients I cannot even spell.
With a few simply ingredients you can make a bunch of granola bars that are no bake and can be frozen for future enjoyment. You can substitute the cherries for raisins or even cranberries if you prefer. The coconut adds another layer of sweetness and almonds a healthy crunch. If you do not want to add the chocolate inside the bars you can also melt and once chilled, dip half of the bars into chocolate or stream melted chocolate across them for a different look then chill again. You can also take the chocolate out all together if it is not something you like. Really?? 🙁 Seriously, totally versatile.
Homemade Wholesome Granola Bars
1 1/2 cup Quick Oats
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup medjool dates
1/4 cup dried cherries
1 cup dried almonds chopped
In a food processor, chop dates. The consistency will be dough-like and likely roll into a ball while chopping. In a bowl, mix oats, almonds, cherries, dates chocolate chips and coconut flakes and put aside. In a pan on low heat, warm honey and peanut butter. Once melted pour over the oat mixture stirring well to incorporate dates and the honey mixture.
Line a rectangular pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture. Using another sheet of parchment on top press firmly with your hands so that the mixture spreads evenly and packed into the pan. Chill for 15-20 until firm. Cut into bars. Freeze additional bars for future consumption!
What kinds of things do you pack into your kids lunch for camp during the summer?