DIY Granola Bars | School Lunch Ideas

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Ever looked at your kid's granola bars and thought... "I could make these!" Well we did too! And we (or more accurately my husband Darrick) now make these amazingly tasty homemade Granola Bars that are great for snacking, school lunches, or even as a dessert option. We find they're a cost effective, healthy, and perfect homemade alternative to purchasing and feeding our family processed foods.

Homemade Granola Bars

DIY Granola Bars:

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup ground flax
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup flour (Darrick generally uses whole wheat)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cranberries
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup honey
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup canola oil (substitute in part or full with coconut oil, or try some of these healthy oil substitutes)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, flax, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the centre, pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well. Spread mixture evenly into the pan.
3. For chewy bars, bake for approx. 30 minutes (longer and they get dry and crumbly). Cool for 5-10 minutes, then cut into bars. 

I'm not 100% sure, but I believe the original recipe came from a 2005 edition of Savour Perth. Darrick's adapted the recipe virtually every time he's made it to create a new, and tasty variation. Play with the ingredients to tailor these for your family, and let us know if you've made any tasty variations of granola bars! We <3 new recipes.

You might also like:
Your 'Berry' Own Granola Bars via TruJoy Nutrition
Teaching Kids About Food & Growing via Living Homegrown
And virtually any of the fun kids meals prepared by Samantha Lee @ EatzyBitzy!