Soft, chewy, crunchy and sweet and of course and a little chocolate to entice “The Littles” to take the first bite of these Healthy Homemade Granola Bars. Selling healthy one chocolate chip at a time! A little wrong maybe but it works and chocolate is an antioxidant so that’s something.
Packing lunches is one of my least favourite parts of being a mom. Who’s with me on this one?
I want my kids to eat healthy but the choices at the grocery store frankly make me panic a bit seeing all those crazy ingredients. I have been on the quest to find great Healthy Homemade Granola Bars and I most certainly have found it!
Now don’t get me wrong I am not a mom who has tonnes of time on her hands so when I do decide to make homemade lunch snacks instead of store bought they need to be of course kid approved but also super quick to whip together. I am not June Cleaver!
Speed – a necessity in my life and another reason why I love this Healthy Homemade Granola Bar recipe so much.
It can be really hard here in Canada to find healthy snack recipes for my kids that don’t include peanut butter. So hard but for good reason peanut butter is not permitted in the elementary schools to ensure the children with nut allergies are not put at risk.
This healthier granola bar recipe is I will admit not 100% healthy because it does use some brown sugar but what I feel better about is that I at least know and can pronounce every single ingredient used.
In my opinion this is much better than preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colour additives.
Sorry… got a little rant going on there…. it is just so hard sometimes being a mom! But so worth!
TIPS FOR MAKING THE PERFECT HEALTHY HOMEMADE GRANOLA BAR
- If your granola bars seems to fall apart or be a bit to crumbly the first time you make them you likely did not boil the sugar mixture long enough. To test, grab a gold glass of water and a spoon. Drop a little of the hot sugary mixture into the water and feel it. It should form a soft ball. If it doesn’t form a ball continue to cook the sugar mixture for maybe 10-15 more seconds.
- For a crunchier granola bar you can cook the sugar mixture another 10 or so seconds beyond the soft ball stage and you will get a harder, crunchier granola bar when they set
- Pan to big? Not to worry. When mixed simply press the granola bar mixture to form the size and depth of bars you like. I usually have about 2 inches left on the long side of my pan but just make sure the edge that is not against the pan wall is lightly packed in so it doesn’t crumble.
- Cut the granola bars and wrap in saran wrap individually so they are ready to throw into those lunch bags
Healthy Homemade Granola Bars
Healthy Homemade Granola Bars
- Lightly grease a 12 X 8 pan
- In a large bowl combine the Quaker quick cooking oats and Rice Krispies. Mix well and set aside
- In a small pot melt butter, brown sugar and honey together over medium high heat until comes to a low boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook roughly another 2 minutes.
- Pour a glass of cold water and test the sugar liquid by dropping some of the sugar mixture into the cold water. Mixture is done when the sugar forms a soft ball when dropped in the cold water. Do not over cook or granola bars will become hard.
- Remove from heat when done, add vanilla and stir.
- Pour sugar mixture over the cereal and mix well. Ensure all of the cereal is moistened evenly,
- Pout mixture into pan and press down lightly until it is about 3/4 of an inch thick.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips over top and press lightly into bars.
- Let cool at room temperature for 2 hours
- Cut finished bars into 10 narrow strips. Wrap with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
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