You know how some people get so busy that they forget to eat? While that happens all the time to my husband Andrew and our 13-year-old son Solomon, I don’t think it’s ever once happened to me or our 11-year-old daughter Celia. Maybe it’s a low blood sugar thing, but when we get hungry, we simply must eat before we can do anything else! Consequently, I keep snacks everywhere; in my purse, my briefcase, the glove compartment of the car, and of course, on our snack shelf at home.
When hunger strikes, granola bars are the perfect on-the-go antidote, especially bars that have enough fiber and protein to keep us energized. One way to be sure that the snacks we’re eating are wholesome is to make our own. That’s why I love this recipe for easy, healthy and delicious homemade granola bars from the Meal Makeover Moms, Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex. Liz and Janice are registered dietitians and busy moms like us, so they know their recipes have to be simple to make and child-friendly.
Each of these bars, from their brand new cookbook, No Whine with Dinner, has just 200 calories, plus 3 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein, making them ideal for on-the-go snacks, a quick breakfast, or even a healthy dessert. (To win a copy of the book, see details below.)
To win a copy of No Whine with Dinner by the Meal Makeover Moms, leave a comment below by Thursday, January 6th at 11:59 p.m. PST telling us your favorite healthy grab-and-go snack. On Friday, January 7th, we will pick one winner from the entries below using random.org. While you’re at it, subscribe to Kitchen Explorers by email to you don’t miss any of the delicious recipes and fabulous giveaways. Contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address. One entry per person, please.
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Recipe: Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
- 1 cup quick-cooking or old fashioned oats
- 1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 ½ cups dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries, prunes
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set it aside.
- Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse it until the mixture is finely chopped (the fruit should be the size of a dried pea or lentil).
- Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended.
- Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan and flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula.
- Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in the pan before slicing into twelve 2 x 2 1/2-inch bars.