I am always on the search for snack I can give my kids that are actually healthy. I love to be able to just hand them something that I won’t have to worry about having artificial junk and preservatives in. I am a huge fan of baby carrots, fresh fruit and applesauce, but I can only convince the kids to have them as a snack a few days a week. My kids especially love granola bars.
I stumbled upon this great way to replace our store bought granola bars with ones made with real ingredients. These do have some sugar in them (especially if you add the chocolate chips 😉 ) so be aware of that, but for the most part these are healthy versions of the ones you buy in the store.
These granola bars are great for parents too. I have started grabbing half of a bar to curb the afternoon hunger.
The best part is these healthy, chewy granola bars are SUPER easy to make.
Gather your ingredients. We love 1/2 cashew butter and 1/2 almond butter, but feel free to cater to your own taste.
Measure out your nut butter and maple syrup.
Melt them in a microwave safe bowl and stir to combine.
Add the oatmeal and stir again.
Empty the ingredients into a lined pan.
Press into place.
Add any extras. We love chocolate chips and nuts or assorted dried fruit.
Let cool and then cut into bars. These keep for about a week, longer if you don’t mind a crispier granola bar.
Super-Simple, Healthy, Chewy Granola Bars
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup nut butter (can use almond butter, cashew butter, sun butter or just plain peanut butter)
- 3 cups oatmeal
- Additional add-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit pieces
- Combine the syrup and nut butter and melt in the microwave. Stir until it is fully combined.
- Add in the oatmeal. Stir.
- Add in any additional toppings of your choice.
- Line a small bar pan with wax paper. Scoop mixture into pan.
- Use another small sheet of wax paper to press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the pan.
- Let cool, cut, and enjoy!
Here are my favorites for this week. Enjoy!
Fresh Take 5’s Friday Favorites for 5.8.15:
I love the idea of potentially teaching your child yoga to deal with frustration and other overwhelming emotions.
Tried this chicken marinade over the weekend and loved it with a couple of modifications. I used a pinch of dried thyme instead of the fresh, skipped the fresh rosemary and went heavy on the pepper. I don’t know about you, but I don’t tend to keep fresh herbs on hand for weeknight meals.
Oh parenthood. I’m feeling these tweets now that I’ve got two toddlers.
Are you a reader? How many of these books can you check off?
This new technology seems awesome. I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Roasted Banana Leather is the perfect fix for those bananas you have in the house that are overripe or about to be. It is also an easy way to create a healthy snack for you and your little ones. The pictures pretty much say it all.
Roasted Banana Leather
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Slice bananas and place on a tin foil-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Allow bananas to cool.
Here are some of my favorite finds from the web this week for your viewing pleasure.
It’s crazy how advertising used to be. My jaw is on the floor about the “just 1 minute, young lady” ad. That would be completely unacceptable these days.
We always love fail videos. Best Reporter Falls didn’t disappoint.
Do you make your kids share?
I do most of the time. I think it is a way to teach kids kindness; I regularly share with friends, family, and neighbors. I do agree with a lot of the author’s points though. I think there is a right and wrong way to teach sharing. You teach them to offer a trade, you set time limits, etc.
This list of healthy breakfast ideas is already being used at our house. I love a poached egg and avocado toast for breakfast. What are you gonna try or do you eat already and recommend?
Fire ants are so interesting.
Last night we made Paleo Pot’s Stupid Easy Paleo Squash & Meatballs and it completely lives up to its name (plus its delicious). I highly recommend it.