Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Healthy After School Snack | Granola Bars

Everyone at my house is a snacker, especially our boys. They're busy playing and love to just grab a snack and keep on moving. Granola bars are one of their favorites and I used to buy what I thought were the healthier ones, but I've stopped for several reasons.
1) They're not cheap. 
2) They're not always as healthy as I think.

So I did some research and found a really easy and tasty granola bar recipe that we can make at home. It's much healthier and it helps us stay on budget in the snack department! Plus, they're loaded with protein and other healthy nutrients!

Healthy Granola Snack Bars
(Recipe modified from 360 Your Life)
  • 2 c rolled oats
  • 2 T raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 T pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 c dried cranberries
  • 2 T flax seed meal
  • 1/2 c sliced almonds
  • 1 t grey salt
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 3/4 c honey
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 2 T Shaklee instant soy protein powder (Non-GMO, best on the market!)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a ceramic or glass 9x13 dish.
  1. Mix first 6 ingredients together. Spread on a sheet pan and toast in oven for 8 minutes. 
  2. Return mixture to your bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine salt, peanut butter, honey, olive oil, cocoa powder, and protein powder. 
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat.
  5. Pour over oat mixture and combine until ingredients are evenly coated.
  6. Pour mixture into baking dish and press down to even out.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Let cool, then cut and serve.
I hope you like them! Let me know if you try making them!

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