In the past 9 months our family has set out on a quest to eliminate artificial food dyes and preservatives from our diet. And while the transition has been somewhat seamless, finding a decent granola bar that my kids would eat was proving to be a challenge. Have you read the list of ingredients in store-bought granola bars recently? There are like a bazillion ingredients (well, not really, but the list is long) and most of them are unpronounceable. Although we tried most of the “healthy” versions, my 9-yr-old would invariably detest them. Thus I began a quest for a dye and preservative free home-made granola bar. Note: sugar free was not a concern.
After several attempts, this recipe was born–a hodge-podge of several others I tried.
4 cups instant oats
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup softened peanut butter (or almond butter)
½ teaspoon vanilla flavoring
½ teaspoon almond flavoring
¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep a 9×13 inch pan.
- Mix all ingredients together and press in to the pan.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or just until the edges brown (for moist bars).
- Cut into bar size of choice, place in snack baggies and you have a quick snack ready to go!
You can really play around with this recipe by substituting and/or adding raisins, chia seeds, flaked coconut, slivered almonds, cranberries, butterscotch chips, sunflower seeds—the list is endless.
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