Both my husband’s and my family live out of state–in a variety of states, so my family is very used to long car trips. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, this month’s topic for my Recipe Redux post is travel snacks.
We always pack plenty of water and fruit, but for especially long trips, its nice to have something a bit more substantial. Granola bars are a great grab-n-go snack, and by making them myself, I can control what goes in so they’re not too high in sugar, have a decent amount of fiber, and contain only “real” ingredients.
The following recipe for Chewy Granola Bars is yummy as is, but the fun part is you can play around with it to suit your tastes or ingredients on hand. For example, you can replace some of the oats with wheat germ. You can use dried fruits like raisins or craisins, or nuts like pistachios or almonds, for some or all of the chocolate chips. You can throw in some ground flax—let yourself get creative. And if you happen to be enjoying these at home, they’re extra yummy heated up just a touch in the microwave.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir together.
- Add wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Press mixture into the prepared pan firmly. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown. After 10 minutes using a buttered spatula or spoon, press firmly down again.
- Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing and serving.
- Store in an airtight container. These also freeze well for longer storage.
- I love to zap these in the microwave for a few seconds before eating.
I hope you enjoy them as much as my family.
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