Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Home Made Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Granola Bar Ingredients

My kids like most others are heavily involved in sports and I have always tried to give them healthy snack options when doing these activities. One of the problems is that most of the so called "health bars" that are found in markets are really not that good for you, they often have a lot of processed sugars and additives.
I recently saw a article from Mark Bittman of the New York Times, his column The Minimalist discussed this same problem with unhealthy bars and suggested a easy and healthy recipe which I then made a variation of.  These homemade bars are a lot like American rice crispy treats but with more healthy granola ingredients instead. Just as fast and the kids will like to get involved in making them.

Healthy Granola Bars
Almond Butter
Organic Brown Rice Puffed Cereal
Protein powder (optional)Toasted Oats
Dried Papaya
Toasted Almonds

1. Line a shallow baking pan with plastic wrap, oiling pan will help the plastic stick.
2. Melt the almond butter slowly over low heat.
3. Combine all the dry ingredients well.
4. Combine melted almond butter with dry ingredients, mix well.
5. Pour out into pan and press down evenly. Cover with plastic wrap.
6. Chill overnight, then cut into bars.

Note: Use your favorite dried fruits or nuts.

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