In an effort to eat better, I've been making more and more of our food from scratch. Snack food has been tough for me as my boys prefer all of the icky processed snack foods. I'm working hard to eliminate the processed foods though so I'm always on the lookout for new recipes.
This summer I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had a great granola recipe. My friend Jenn posted one and I've found it to be incredibly easy and versatile. One child will sometimes eat it but the other loves them and thinks he is eating cookies. I like them too because they are packed with protein and give me a sweet snack during the day.
Homemade Granola Bars
1/2 cup flour (can use whole wheat)
1/2 cup sugar (or honey, or agave, or splenda)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup applesauce (heaping)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2. Add applesauce and peanut butter mixing well.
3. Stir in craisins and chocolate chips.
4. Press firmly (can use a rolling pin) into a greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
6. Cut into bars after slightly cool.
Tips (from Jenn):
You can substitute the last two ingredients for lots of different things. I have used nuts, white chocolate, infused craisins, golden raisins, & dried pineapple. If you measure the applesauce first, then the peanut butter will just slide out of the cup when you use the same one. I like to roll them onto greased parchment paper so I can transfer them easily to my cutting board before cutting to save my non-stick pan.