Do you pack lunches every day for your children? I do, so today I am posting a recipe that is great for school lunches! And it’s healthy, too. With the holidays right around the corner, you have plenty of time to stock up on the ingredients and make them in the New Year! Or even better – make some for your holiday travels. I have my friend Allison Lore to thank for this recipe, because she posted it on facebook. It comes from the website www.anotherlunch.com. This is a great site! If you are a lunch-packing mom or dad, you really must check it out. Here’s the recipe:
Granola Bites (makes 4 dozen)
2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla Optional Ingredients: 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup wheat germ
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients (minus optional add-ins) very well in a large bowl. If mixture seems dry, add more oil or honey a teaspoon at a time, until it starts to clump. Stir in chocolate chips and other optional ingredients.
Use a rounded tablespoon and scoop into small silicone baking cups. Press in.
Bake until golden on top, about 12-15 minutes. Let cool before removing.
I have made these granola bites countless times since I first saw the recipe (thank you, Allison!). I am addicted to them. I make a batch every other week! Some for my hubby to keep at work, some for me to keep at home, some for the van (because really, it is my second home after all). I highly recommend finding a good silicone pan or silicone baking cups to bake these in. It makes things really easy! I found a great one at Michael’s Arts & Crafts and I absolutely love it. The granola bites just pop right out!
I love these granola bites for the fact that they are a simple, yet healthy snack. Try them yourself and you will see what I mean! Be sure to check out www.anotherlunch.com for tips on making these granola bites into granola bars, as well as some other great recipes.