Homemade Grab and Go Snack Bars

These bars are an experiment for my family.  The first part of the experiment is a success – the bars taste good and the kids like them!  The next part is to see if we can stop buying granola bars and eat these instead.

I don’t buy many snack foods, but during the school year I do make a habit of buying granola bars.  They are expensive.  I’ve wanted to try making my own for a long time, but kept putting it off.

Then I saw some soft baked bars in the granola bar aisle and a light bulb went off.  I remembered a recipe for oatmeal cookies from Whole Foods for the Whole Family and I was pretty sure it could be baked in bar form instead of cookies.

I made two different versions – Mixed Berry and Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip.  They are both great.  Bonus: they’re healthy too!  And they can be frozen.  Now we’re talking!

I wrapped the bars in plastic wrap and put them all in freezer bags.  The kids have been grabbing them to take to soccer and classes.  They say the bars thaw quickly and aren’t crumbly to eat.  They like them better than store bought granola bars.

I did tell the kids that they can only have them if they are leaving the house and will need a snack while they’re gone.  We have other foods they can snack on at home.  I want to have the bars used for the intended purpose and not scarfed down in two days.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the mixed berry version.  The peanut butter version has similar ingredients.  [Read more...]

Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

apple pecan toffee bars done

These bars reward patience.  Not because they take a long time to make, but because they taste so much better when they’re completely cooled.   They’re delicious warm too, but the spiced apple flavor is more pronounced when cool.

The inspiration for the bars is a jar of Smucker’s Apple Cinnamon Topping.

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