Frugal After School Granola Bar Snacks

Frugal After School Granola Bar Snacks

After school granola bar snacks are perfect for kids! Most kids are starving by the time they get home from school. It helps to have a snack already prepared, so they can grab as they make their way to their room to finish up their homework or set off for a pick-up game in the neighborhood. No matter their ages, kids will enjoy an after-school granola bar. Add a peach Chobani or another Greek yogurt drink for a truly healthy snack.

Easy Peasy Hunger Pleasy

One of the things that appeases hunger is chewing crunching foods. A crunchy granola bars fills that need and provides a healthy alternative to other crunchies, such as potato chips.

After School Granola Bar Snacks Recipe

This is recipe variation of a typical granola bar recipe that I concocted over the years. I vary it all the time depending on what ingredients I have on hand. You can add whatever goodies you like, such as baking chocolate bits, dried fruit and berries or something more exotic. You can also add sweets, such as M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces, miniature marshmallows and even gummy pieces. It’s all up to you and what your kids like.

Preheat Oven 350°F 
Cook: 25 minutes
Yield: 14-20 bars

  • 9” x 13” casserole dish
  • Spray olive oil (or grease dish)

Ingredients

granola bar mixture

  • 4 1/2 cups of Quaker Oats -old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 9 tbs butter, room temperature softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey (depends on how sticky and sweet you want it to be)
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar heaving size for this
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (substitute is desired)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins (more or less depending on personal taste.

I don’t add salt, but you can if you wish.

Instructions

  • Mix the wet ingredients together and mix the dry ingredients together, then blend.
  • I don a pair of plastic gloves to thoroughly mix the same way I would meatloaf. This gets all the ingredients blended together.
  • Once the ingredients are mixed, you will turn the mixture out into the 9” x 13” dish. I use an olive oil spray, but you can line the dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil if you prefer.

Press into Dish

You will need to press down the mixture to make it compact. Still wearing the gloves, I press with my hands. Some people prefer to use a small glass to roll over the top of the mixture or a wide glass bottom to press down on the mixture.

  • Bake for 25 mins.
  • Let cool and then chill for 2-3 hours. I cover mine with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and place in the freezer.
  • Remove chilled pan and slice along the width of the pan to cut bars desired width, 7-10 bars then run the knife down the center of the pan, to create 14-20 bars.

Yours versus Theirs

The healthy content of commercial granola bars usually leaves a lot to be desired. If you read the Nutritional Facts you will typically see that some of these bars aren’t so nutritious and are chocked full of empty sugar carbs. Most have very high sodium levels and some only have around three grams of protein.

Your Granola Barsgranola bar

You can make better and healthier after granola bars for your kids. It’s up to you what goes into the bars. The best thing is you can make a batch, vacuum seal it and store these in the freezer.

  • The night before you want to use them, simply remove a bag from the freezer and let it thaw on the counter still sealed.
  • Before you leave for work or before your kids come home from school, unseal the bars and set out on a plate or bowl along with other snacks.
  • If you work outside the home, you can transfer them into individual bags for easy grab and on.

Make It Your Own

This recipe should be considered a start for you to modify to make it your own. Make different tastes by changing the type of flour you use for a new family treat!

photos: Wikimedia and Marco Verch

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AuthorSally Painter

"Everyone can have a beautiful home decor. It just takes a little creativity," says author and freelance writer Sally Painter. This former commercial and residential designer is also a Feng Shui practitioner and believes that, "Everything you choose to put in your home should resonate with you emotionally. If it doesn't - get rid of it!"