gluten-free ~ dairy free ~ refined sugar-free
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 80 minutes
It’s that time of year ya’ll….Back. To. School. And if you are anything like me, you were not entirely prepared. Don’t get me wrong, I was prepared in the sense that I had all the school supplies, clothes and accessories ready to go and packed at the front door. And I was BEYOND ready for the kids to have some structure and activities that were not supplied by yours truly. But I was definitely not ready for the early mornings, hurried breakfasts, frantic lunch packing or meal planning that I had let drift off to never, never land during the summer. Add in a lazy Labor Day weekend where I throughly enjoyed my last days of afternoon drinking and grilling out, and by Monday it was a four-alarm “holy shit” kind of day.
So..I do what I do best. Got in my kitchen, put on some jams, enjoyed my greens and got down to the business of fueling my kids to learn! To conserve time, which i obviously had let fly by…I wanted to make a couple of items that could pull double duty, and either be a snack or a quick on the go breakfast. So, I decided to make granola bars to start.
These bars are super easy to make and are SO versatile! You can literally change-up the ingredients without a second thought and they are always on point.
I put some variations below that we have tried and jam on, but please post a comment below with your variations. Enjoy! nom nom
2 cups quick cooking oats; I use Trader Joe’s brand
1 cup of almond butter or any seed/nut butter
1/2 cup of nuts or seeds; I love pumpkin seeds or slivered almonds but almost any nut or seed will work in these!
1/4-1/2 cup mini chocolate chips; I use Enjoy Life mini dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsweetened dried fruit: I alternate between cranberries and blueberries
1/4 cup of honey; extra if your bars are crumbly
- Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until all the ingredients are combined. If your mixture still seems crumbly add 1/2 TBS of honey at a time until your mixture sticks together.
- Line an 8×8 pan with parchment and press the mixture into the pan. Make sure to press all the way into the corners so your bars are even when you cut them.
- Place the bars in the freezer and let chill for 50 minutes.
- Remove the pan from freezer and lift parchment out. Cut the square in half and then cut lengthwise six times for a total of 12 bars.
- Wrap each bar in plastic and place back in the freezer for another 20 minutes.
- Keep the bars in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!
- Slivered almonds, dried cranberries, cacao nibs
- Pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries, mini dark chocolate chips
- Pistachios, cranberries, blueberries and unsweetened coconut