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Granola Bar Recipe! Lunchtime treat

Whether we stay home for lunch, go hiking, or take a lunch to school, 99% of the time there will be a granola bar involved.  I might even go so far as to say, my kids are addicted to granola bars!lunch for kids

We've tried many recipes for granola bars in the past, and this one is definitely a favorite.  I recently got Anni Daulters new cookbook, The Organic Family Cookbook, and like all of Anni's books, I fell in love as soon as I saw the cover!  Every single photo in Anni's book, and every recipe message makes me wish I were like her in every way.  She inspires me to want to feed my kids better, do more for the environment, and raise my kids in the country. And I'm a city girl in every way, but some people make me want to be a hippie.

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With permission, Anni is letting me share her recipe for granola bars.homemade granola bars

Granola Bar Recipe

  • 2 cups whole grain oats
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon flax oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • mini chocolate nibs (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a ceramic or glass 9X13 inch baking dish and line with parchment paper.

Mix oats, sunflower seeds, cranberries, wheat germ, and almonds altogether in a bowl. Spread mixture on a sheet pan and toast in preheated oven for 8 minutes. Return mixture to a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan, combine salt, almond butter, honey, flax oil, brown sugar, and chocolate nibs. Bring to a boil over medium heat and immediately remove from heat. Pour over oats mixture and combine until dry ingredients are evenly coated.

Transfer to lined baking dish. Press mixture down and altogether by folding over parchment paper to press down.  Tear edges off of parchment paper so it does not cover the mixture when baking. Bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool for up to 2 hours and then cut and serve.

Makes 12 bars.

kids lunch with granola bars

Unfortunately, this awesome cookbook hasn't been quite released yet, but you can pre-order at many bookstores including Amazon.  The book has tips for raising an environmentally conscious family, tips on choosing food, and tons of amazing looking recipes.  We are trying next, Pumpkin Spiced Cookies, Triple Berry Cream Cheese Tarts, Raw Vegan Apple Pie, Decadent Caramels, whole grain honey bread, and so much more! Check it out! You won't be disappointed.

Related posts:  Anni's Ice Pop Joy and Organically Raised

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Comments

Julie
09/16/2011 7:00pm
Could something be substituted for the wheat germ to make it gf?
dawn
09/18/2011 4:39am
Thanks for sharing this with us and the book sounds perfect for our family too. It seems granola bars are my kids favorites too. What a cute picture you have here with the butterfly sandwich. I will try and get this book also.
09/18/2011 6:03am
I think I'm gonna make these RIGHT NOW! I have all but almond butter, but maybe I can find a substitute!
10/03/2011 9:39am
Julie: I left the wheat germ out altogether, since i didn't have any. Also Marissa: I used peanut butter.. still tasted great!
02/11/2012 6:38pm
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Alana
05/05/2012 1:19pm
Mine came out hard as rocks...what went wrong??
05/05/2012 1:50pm
I actually am not sure, since I didn't write the recipe, and I've only made them once. But one thing I've been thinking of this week, is the temperature at which we cook sugar determines whether it's gooey or 'hard as rocks'. You know how when you make candy and use a thermometer, sugar cooked high for a long time will end up like jolly ranchers, but low and short time is more like taffy. So, I think it would apply here (just guessing seriously). So, maybe turn down the temperature, and don't cook as long is what I'm trying to say.. in a very long way ;)
Alana
05/05/2012 10:48pm
Thanks for the tip, I'll try that! I love the ingredient list and think I just need to follow your tweaks to make them perfect. I was slightly shy on honey so I added a bit of agave. Maybe that's the culprit too...
05/21/2012 2:18pm
[...] recipe, as I was searching for ones with less sugar, and more good stuff!   This new one, originally posted here by Anni Daulter,  is truly [...]
07/11/2012 5:42am
[...] Homemade Granola Bar [...]
HANNA
02/16/2013 1:03am
3/4 honey and 1/4 sugar?? isnt that a lot of sugar? lol
02/21/2013 1:21pm
YES!! That's why I can't make them anymore ;( They taste too good, I want to eat the whole pan myself!

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