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Freeze ‘em Granola Bars: A Happy, Healthy Breakfast and Snack Option for Busy Moms

 

How often have you looked at the clock, seen that its almost noon and realized you’re tired and haven’t eaten breakfast?

Yeah, I thought so.

Its happened to me. More often than I’d like to admit. So, that is why I spent some time researching recipes that are quick enough to whip up in the morning and healthy enough to make me feel good about myself.

Inspired by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship’s recipe for Soaked Granola Bars and Srishti’s  of Prolific Cooking, I spent some time coming up with my own version of quick, easy and best of all, healthy granola bars that make great breakfast and snack options. Oh, and yeah, they’re perfect for the lunchbox too!

 

Healthy Happy Granola Bars (my version)

  • Slightly more than ½ cup shredded jaggery or sucanat
  • ¼ cup organic honey
  • ¾ cup butter ( I used salted, but you can use unsalted. I’m sure it’ll taste the same)
  • 1tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 cups Quaker Oats
  • ½ cup puffed rice
  • 1 cup wheat/cornflakes
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup raisins

Method:

Melt the jaggery, honey and butter in a saucepan over low heat till it comes to a boil. Let it cook on the heat for 10 minutes after it starts to boil.

Meanwhile mix the oats, puffed rice, wheat/cornflakes, chopped almonds and raisins in a large bowl.

Once the jaggery/honey/butter mixture has simmered for 10 minutes, take it off the heat, add the vanilla and pour it into the bowl with the oats/puffed rice/flakes/nuts and raisins mix.

Mix well. It may look as if the liquid is not enough to bind everything together, but it will be. Trust me.

Spoon the mixture into a cake tin ( I used a 9×13 cake tin) lined with butter paper or waxed paper and smoothen it out. Put it into the freezer for 30 minutes.

Take it out. Cut it into bars or squares and enjoy a wholesome, good-for-you snack or breakfast whenever you want.

{Yes, I know. I’m clearly not a recipe write or food photographer. But I just had to share these with you. **smiling**}

More Healthy Snack Options?

The recipe that I based this recipe on can be found in Katie’s latest eBook , Healthy Snacks to Go (2nd Edition). This awesome eBook is packed with over 30 snack recipes that are perfect for the busy, busy mom who is short on time but wants to give her family healthier food options as well.

What makes this eBook your go-to resource is Katie’s style. Its like having her in your kitchen walking you through. Plus, she is awesome with giving you variations, time-saving tips and allergy notes as well.

Priced at just $8.95, it is an eBook that you must have in your ebook library, if healthy eating is on your goals for this year.

I also helped to test a couple of Katie’s recipes for another one of her eBooks, Smart Sweets (review upcoming) and I can vouch for the fact that ALL her recipes are practical, easy-to-follow and PERFECT for moms the world over. I’m in India, so I should know!

So, go ahead, fix yourself some happy granola bars and get Katie’s eBook for more delightful snack options that are actually good for you.

What’s your good-for-you-go-to-breakfast?

Top Photo Credit: o5com

Disclaimer: The post contains affiliate links for Katie’s ebooks but I wouldn’t have included them here if I wasn’t sure that they were absolutely awesome.

Prerna


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Comments

  1. Sounds good, Prerna! I think I’ll give these a try this week. Do you suppose I can just eliminate the sucanat beings I don’t have any? Or will I need to substitute with brown sugar?
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    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Crystal, yep. You can substitute it with brown sugar or you can simply make them with all honey. But then, they’ll be chewier. However, if you put them in the oven at 325 F for 8-10 minutes for after they’ve frozen, they’ll crispen up. All these substitutions are from Katie’s recipe. She does have an answer for all foodie questions! :-)

  2. These look delish! I baked up some sweet potato tofu muffins the other day and had extra, so threw them in the freezer and it was a life saver! Going to make a double (or maybe triple) batch of these so I have some for busy days. Thanks!
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  3. Hey Prerna, loved your version of recipe. Will try this one out soon! Only one thing, while making these I did not heat honey since I read at lot of places that as per ayurveda, heating honey destroys lot of its medicinal properties. So avoided it. You can also check out on this!

  4. Can u take out the chopped almonds and the raisins for chocolate chips nd crunched up m&ms ?

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Hi Shawna, Am sure you can.. Its quite a flexible recipe, so go ahead and try those add-ins instead!

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