Secretly Healthy Homemade Granola Bars for Kids

Healthy granola bars high in fibre - a filling snack for kids (and adults)!

Can granola bars be healthy? I think so!

My kids like sweet treats: I like to give them healthy treats. We reach a compromise with these granola bars – I use a natural sweetener and add healthy extras, such as hemp seeds and ground chia, to give these bars a nutritional boost!

  • 2 cups Quick Oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/2 cup Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Cashews or Almonds
  • 1/8 cup roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/8 cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/8 cup raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips (vegan, if needed)
  • 1 tbsp Ground Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Butter (grass-fed, if possible, or vegan butter, if vegan)
  • 1/4 cup Almond Butter
  • 1/3 cup Honey (sub with brown rice syrup if vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. Line a square 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Mix dry ingredients (including chocolate chips) in a large bowl.
  3. In a small pan on the stove, melt butter over medium-low heat. 
  4. Whisk in almond butter and honey. Heat until lightly bubbling, whisking constantly, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 
  5. Pour liquid mixture over dry, stirring vigorously until well combined. The chocolate chips will melt. Be ok with this! 
  6. Press mixture into parchment-lined pan, and press down hard with the back of a spoon or fingertips. Really press to make it adhere together. 
  7. Refrigerate to set, about an hour. 
  8. Cut into bars and store in the fridge in an air-tight container. 

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