Raising little kids means I often survive on multiple cups of coffee a day and lots of Jesus. Traveling with kids (even just to the grocery store) can seem like purgatory some days. I have definitely been the mom who has left her semi-full cart in the middle of the store with one baby strapped to her in the carrier while carrying the kicking and screaming toddler out the store. Since having my second child, I am slowly learning the art of pacifying two kids at the same time. One of my saving graces when out and about is SNACKS! Throw a few handfuls of food to the kids and most days I can get by with an hour or two of running errands. In today’s modern food world, snacks are often filled with excess sugar(often high fructose), gmo ingredients, hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors. One culprit of snacking ease is the the granola bar. Something that looks so simple, is usually a sugar bomb, often containing as much as some candy bars. A simple remedy to avoiding the these artificial ingredients is looking for bars with minimal ingredients or making your own!
I will be the first to say that I bounce back and forth between buying organic bars due to sheer convenience and making my own in large batches and freezing them. If your not up to making your own here are a few of my recommended brands:
- RX Bars
- Lara Bars
- Kind Bars
- Look for bars sweetened by fruit or natural sugars like maple syrup or honey
I usually make a double or triple batch at once, so I can pull out a new batch from the freezer once we finish the one in the fridge. This does contain honey so please do not give to infants under 1 year of age. Agave syrup can be substituted for honey. The granola bites should stick together well at room temperature and not fall apart. These are also great for a pre or post workout snack for parents too!!
- 2cups Oats
- 2cups coconut flakes ( I like toasted)
- 1cup natural organic peanut butter or natural organic almond butter or sunbutter
- 1cup ground flax seeds
- 3/4cup chocolate chips, or raisins or cranberries
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a standmixer, or large bowl if you do not have a mixer.
- Mix on low, or with large wooden spoon until the ingredients are blended.
- Form into 1 inch balls. I use a cookie scooper and then roll in my hands.
- Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or freezer in an airtight container for 3 months. Make 32 granola bites.
This Granola bites recipe is one that I have been using for probably over three years, I have it saved to my phone and have lost track of where it originated from. So, it is not my own developed recipe and if I could link to the original site I would have. But if you recognize this from a site please let me know so I can link to them! 🙂