I’ve finally found the perfect homemade granola bar recipe! I have two kids in elementary school; they can’t bring any food item with nuts or that might have come in contact with nuts. Have you ever looked for granola bars without nuts? There are very little choices. Not that they get granola bars every day, but we call it the “you’ve eaten everything in your lunch and you’re still hungry” snack. However, when you’re in fifth grade and you’ve seen the same 3 flavours of granola bars for the past 5 years, you kind of get annoyed.
Here’s a recipe that was forwarded to me by a colleague. We have no idea who or what the source is, sorry. It’s VERY easy, and flexible. You can put in whatever your heart desires in them.
3 cups of oatmeal (the regular kind, not quick cooking)
3 cups of whatever you want in your bars (e.g. dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, etc.)
1/2 cup of canola oil
1 can sweetened condensed milk (e.g. Eagle Brand)
Mix everything and spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Let cool, remove from baking pan, let cool some more. When completely cooled, cut into whatever size or shape you like.
If you want, you can wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag in the freezer. You can just pull one out when you are making lunches and it will be thawed for snack time!
I made two batches last week; both are just as good. In my first batch, I put in: raisins, cherry infused dried cranberries, pomegranate infused dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and a little All Bran cereal for fibre. In my second batch, I put in: mini chocolate chips, Skor bits, raisins and hemp seeds. My kids LOVE them and so do I! I am never buying granola bars again.
Final score: 5 out of 5