Granola bars have always been sort of a staple snack for me. If you were to come to my house at any point in time you would probably find some type of granola bar. They have always been a good snack for me. They are easy to grab and go and provide a bit of sweet and crunchy snack or even part of a breakfast.
I have found a recipe for granola bar that was so simple to make with very few ingredients. I made these for my 19 month old daughter, but I am definitely enjoying them too. The base recipe has all ingredients that you most likely keep in your pantry, so whipping up a batch of these at the beginning of the week can be done fairly easily. Besides being made with just a few whole ingredients, it really only takes a good blender/food processor and baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat. This means easy clean up!
I like recipes that have the option of changing up based on your own preferences. This base recipe is a blank canvas for many different add ins. There are a lot of substitutions you can make based on likes or food allergies as well.
I’m always looking for new recipes for my toddler to try. I came across this website the other day and have gotten several ideas already that I want to try soon. So if you are looking for healthy kid friendly recipes, check out Yummy Toddler Food.
I wish I could say I came up with this recipe because it really is an easy, tasty, and nutritious granola bar option.
The granola bars pictured here are the ones I made. I didn’t have coconut so I increased the amount of oats I used. I also reduced the temperature of the oven to 300F and baked 17-18 minutes. They were kind of a soft baked granola bar which makes them perfect for little toddler teeth. You could always bake them longer for a crunchier bar. The last thing I did differently was press the dough out into a rectangle that was about 1/4 inch thick and cut it into 16 bars instead of 12. This size bar makes the perfect addition to some greek yogurt and fruit.
Like many of the recipes I post for toddlers, they are great for kids, teens, and adults too. The ability to make a batch of 16 granola bars in less than 30 minutes means I have a healthy homemade snack enough for my family of 3 to have each day of the week! Depending on your blender or food processor, I would think this recipe could easily be doubled if you need more. If not, making two batches back to back would not be difficult either.
My add in ideas:
pumpkin seeds-stir in last minute
mini chocolate chips-stir in last minute
chopped nuts- depending on your child’s age
Swap peanut butter for almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter
Go check it out! Hope you enjoy like we did. 🙂