When you're on the go a lot, it's hard to eat complete meals all the time. In result, snacks happen frequently throughout the day. It's not easy to find snacks in the grocery store that aren't highly processed like crackers, granola bars, vegetable dips, etc. I also enjoy snacks in general but I want to put good things into my body and not things extremely high in sugar and salt. That's why I make my own granola bars. I know exactly what's in them and, for the most part, they're actually good for you.
I make mine with peanut butter but you could totally make them with almond butter. I know peanut butter is not the best for you, but it's one of those things I just haven't been able to give up. I love my peanut butter!
I find these are best to make before going to bed because then they can sit and harden over night and then you can wake up to homemade granola bars!
Here is the recipe:
1 ¾ cups oats
1 ¾ cups rice krispies
½ cup shredded coconut
1/8 cup ground flax seed (optional)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
½ cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 handful chopped nuts
2 handfuls chopped dried fruit (raisins, apricots, cranberries, etc.)
Place parchment in bottom of 9x9 pan.
Combine oats, cereal, coconut, almonds, fruit and flaxseed in a large bowl.
In small saucepan, over medium heat, mix honey, brown sugar, and salt. Stir and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
Pour warm mixture into dry mixture and mix until well combined.
Place in pan and press down to even out the surface. Let sit, covered with cloth, for a few hours until hardened.
Cut and serve!
To add more goodness into them, I like to add sesame seeds and sunflower seeds as well. You can totally add what you, just make sure not to skimp on the 'glue' (honey, sugar and PB) or they won't stick together very well. A little extra won't hurt either!
Remember, a healthy mind and body equals a happy and healthy dancer.