Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

The nutritional merits (or demerits) of store-bought granola bars can vary considerably, so we decided to create our own. The nutrition in these bars is through the roof—we’re especially proud of the fiber and the omega-3 fats—and they’re the perfect after-school snack to keep kids energized for afternoon sports and homework. SPECIAL OFFER: SchoolFamily.com readers can purchase No Whine With Dinner at 30 percent off the list price, and get  free shipping, by ordering the book here and using this promo code: FS2011.


Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
3.7/5 rating (18 votes)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (choose one or more of the following: raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries prunes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped (the fruit should be the size of a dried pea or lentil).
  4. 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.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan, and flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula.
  6. Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in pan before slicing into 12, 2 x 2 1/2-inch bars.
  7. Note: These bars freeze really well. If you have leftovers, wrap individual portions in plastic baggies or aluminum foil and freeze.

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