Do you guys have to send snacks with your kids to school? Meghan is in kindergarten this year and we are required to send two snacks with her every day in addition to her lunch. And somehow, when she gets home, she’s starving again. So let me just warn you that you may see an increase in snack recipes around here as that’s a lot of food. Creating new healthy snack recipes isn’t really a bad thing though, is it?
Of course I want the snacks I send with Meghan to be healthy. I think healthy snacks are nourishing and help sustain energy and focus throughout the school day. These easy, homemade granola bars are perfect for that. They nourish little bodies (or big bodies, these are for everyone!) with oats, almonds, two different kinds of seeds, dried fruit, and very little added sweetener.
I was brainstorming ways to make a traditional-style granola bar (not the date and nut Larabar type bar) without so much sweetener. The thing is that honey is sticky and really helps hold granola bars together. The secret ingredient here is something you might think only grandpas eat. Think again!
Even if you think you hate prunes, don’t disregard this recipe. The prunes add sweetness but their flavor doesn’t overpower the granola bars. They are sticky enough that by using them I was able to reduce the honey I used to 1/4 cup. That is half the amount I use in this peanut butter granola bar recipe.
The prunes also add some nutrition. Dried plums are a good source of vitamin A and also add some calcium, iron, and vitamin C to the granola bars. And everyone knows about prunes’ ability to help us, um, keep things moving.
These easy homemade granola bars also have some peanut butter which adds a great flavor with the honey, but again, not too much. There’s just 1/4 cup peanut butter, which is nice as organic peanut butter is expensive and I tend to use it in a lot of my recipes. The rest of the ingredients: oats, almonds, and seeds are all healthy, energizing foods. You can’t go wrong with this easy, healthy snack!Print