Grown-up Granola Bars

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Grown-Up Granola Bars are a ‘bar’ above the rest! They are nutrient rich, delicious and make a portable, on-the-go snack for kids of all ages.

Close-up shot of a stack of Grown-Up Granola Bars

Here in the SOC Kitchen we like to keep a steady supply of our “Grown-up Granola Bars” on hand at all times. I initially began making these for Stephen back when we were dating. I don’t want to say it’s what sealed the deal for him, but….   😉 Different from store bought bars, we’ve upgraded our bars to be chock full of nutritious ingredients designed to promote good health and help keep you satisfied longer. Basically, a win-win.

Side view of baked Grown-Up Granola Bars

This recipe allows you to mix and match your favorite “add ins” depending on your preference week to week or, let’s be honest, based on what you already have on hand. This is a simple recipe that your kiddos will love to make with you!

Nutrition Notes: Walnuts, walnut oil, and flaxseeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which may help reduce arterial inflammation and promote healthy cholesterol levels. In infants, omega 3s are important in the development of brain and nerve function. These bars also include good sources of iron, vitamin E, B vitamins including folate, and soluble fiber.

 Side view of a pan of granola about to be baked

Be sure to grab one before they’re all gone!

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Side view of a stack of Grown-Up Granola Bars on a plate

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Grown-Up Granola Bars

Grown-Up Granola Bars are a 'bar' above the rest! Loaded with whole grains, omega 3s, and chewy deliciousness, these bars will be a family favorite!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cool10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 215kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • cup whole wheat flour can sub with GF
  • cup ground flaxseeds
  • cup wheat germ
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup loose brown sugar optional
  • ½ cup walnut, avocado, or other mild tasting oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 egg

Add-Ins (You pick up to 1 cup TOTAL) – Favorite Combos Include:

  • walnuts and chocolate chips
  • cashews and dried apricot pieces
  • dried cherries and pistachios
  • unsweetened coconut flakes and dried cranberries
  • pecans and dried blueberries

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, including add-ins. Mix until well combined.
  • Next, add in your oil, honey, vanilla, and egg and gently fold until fully incorporated. If mixture looks too dry, add additional oil and honey, 1 tsp. each at a time.
  • Pour mixture into an oiled 8×8 baking pan. Using a spoon (or your hands), firmly press the mixture down evenly into the pan.
  • Bake in a 350° oven for 25-28 minutes. Edges should be turning slightly golden. Place pan on a cooling rack for at least 10 minutes prior to slicing.
  • Slice into 16 – 2"x2" bars. Store in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal


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