Homemade Granola Bars

granola barsHomemade granola bars are one my kids’ favorite snacks.  They are super easy to make, delicious, and wayyyyyy better for you than the kind you can buy at the grocery store.  In fact, even with 4-year old Q “helping” me, these come together in less than 10 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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I try to use organic ingredients whenever possible.

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all the ingredients well–you should have a fairly moist batter.

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My baking partner, Q, showing you the batter.

I also find it helps to use the cutest measuring cups and spoons available:

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Little Nesting Dolls!

Pour into an 8×8″ or a 9×13″ baking dish (smaller dish = thicker granola bars, larger dish= thinner granola bars).  Sometimes I line my baking dish with parchment paper, which makes clean up literally almost nothing.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Once the edges start to brown, you’re done.  Slice these into squares BEFORE it cools completely; this helps cut down on crumbling and ensures that the granola is still soft while you’re cutting it.

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Parchment paper means I don’t even have to wash this pan. Winning!

I usually have to hide some of these before the kids get home if I want to have any to send to school for snacks.  Or I just make a double batch and put some in the cabinet.  They don’t last long.

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So yummy…make a double batch if you want them to last!

The best part is the variations are pretty endless, as long as you keep the ratio of dry/wet ingredients.  I’m thinking of trying to incorporate sweet potato instead of applesauce, or maybe maple syrup instead of coconut oil.  Have fun with it!

If you make these, let me know how they come out!

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