Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Toddler-Approved Healthy Granola Bars

The girls are home with fevers this morning. So, we decided to try out a new recipe from Super Healthy Kids. These came out so well, I just had to pass the recipe on. These are packed with whole grains, and whatever other healthy nuts or dried fruit you choose to use.

We used chopped pecans, dried cranberries, and 1/4 cup of chopped 70% dark chocolate. I omitted the salt and used organic brown sugar (If anyone successfully makes this recipe using something other than the "less than refined" organic brown sugar I used, please let me know! I'm always looking for ways to cut out the refined sugar).

Healthy Granola Bars
  • 2 Cup Oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup honey (local honey if possible)
  • Any dried fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut, dark chocolate chips, etc.

Mix all ingredients and press into greased pan, 9 X 13. Dough will be very dry and crumbly, but press until dough forms with pan.. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until edges are browned. Take out and let cool entirely. Cut into strips and store in snack size bags.

Note: Beware - End result may end in portion control difficulties!

2 comments:

Jay and Amie said...

these sound good! i have never been able to enjoy granola bars because of my nut allergy...so these would be great to make at home!

Andy said...

natalie, i don't know if i like the new background. I love the orange and the summery feel, but it's a little too busy when trying to read it.