I love snack bars as a quick, grab-and-go option for breakfast or as an easily packed snack for busy days. The tricky part is that they can get expensive if you buy them individually, especially if you eat them often or have a large family. The other tricky part is even though a lot of varieties look healthy, they don’t always offer the best nutrition. The great news is, they’re super easy to make and allow you to choose your favorite nutritious ingredients.
This is also a great activity to get kids involved in the kitchen! Kids can pick out their favorite nut or fruit to mix in, help you blend all of the ingredients together, and get their hands messy by pressing the gooey mixture in the pan! From start to finish, these snack bars take less than a half hour making it an ideal afternoon activity! To get started, place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped (the fruit should be the size of a dried pea or lentil). If you have a full-size food processor, all of this is done at once. That being said, I have a very small food processor and pulsed each ingredient separately; mixing well at the end. Turned out just fine!
Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the oat mixture and stir to combine. (Tip: lightly spraying your measuring cup with nonstick spray will ensure the honey comes out easily!)
Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan, and flatten gently with the back of a spoon, rubber spatula, or damp hands!
Bake about 18 minutes in an oven heated to 350⁰F, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in pan before slicing into twelve 2 x 2½- inch bars. Who knew it could be so easy to make homemade snack bars that taste so good? :)
Fruit and Nut Snack Bars
Adapted recipe from mealmakeovermoms.com
- 1 cup quick cooking or old fashioned oats
- 1 cup spoon-size shredded wheat cereal
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1½ cups dried fruit (choose one or more of the following: raisins, cherries, apricots, cranberries, prunes)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil or coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan or dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Place the oats, shredded wheat, walnuts, dried fruit, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the mixture is finely chopped (the fruit should be the size of a dried pea or lentil).
- Whisk together the eggs, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add the oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan, and flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula.
- Bake about 18 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. Let cool completely in pan before slicing into twelve 2 x 2½- inch bars.
TIP: These bars freeze really well. So, if you have leftovers, wrap individual portions in plastic baggies or aluminum foil and freeze.
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