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For A Healthy Snack Try Making Homemade Granola Bars

Posted Jan 15 2009 11:46pm

In the second installment of my oat challenge I’ve finally taken the time to make the homemade granola bars I saw a while back in Ellie Krieger’s cookbook, The Food You Crave. Ellie Krieger, who is currently my personal obsession, likes to call her creations Energy Bars – to me they are great nutrition for kids disguised as a yummy looking bar cookie. After running around all day, I was able to whip up these homemade granola bars in record breaking time – a little under the 30 minutes I had before the kids came running off the bus at the end of day.

These granola bars made a great-tasting and healthy after school snack for my kids and I can definitely see these working for me as an on-the-run breakfast for those days my son needs to be at school extra, extra early for chorus practice or as a quick and healthy snack before soccer. These Energy Bars are rich in heart-healthy oats and nuts and are sweetened with dried fruit – my kids don’t care very much about all of that, they just say they “taste really good.”

Here’s the link to Ellie Krieger's Energy Bars. I hope you are challenged enough to try them!

For a slightly less intense recipe, I also like these granola bars I found years ago in Family Fun magazine – believe it or not; it is still up on their website! These granola bars could not be simpler – an easy combination of oats, crisp rice cereal and some nuts and dried fruit.
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