I was looking for something for Amber’s lunchbox. Something different that I could pop in the freezer in little bags and have ready to grab in the morning to put in her lunch box. I came up with the idea of a granola bar for her, so the search was on for a recipe. I did not have to look far as I first went to a recipe book that I helped put together when I was nursing many years ago. In there was a great recipe for granola bars by Shelley McDonald. With a few tweaks, omissions and additions, here is what I came up with. They are absolutely fabulous and only today will two of them make it into her lunch box as the entire recipe has been devoured by all. I will have to make this again as they are so very good and so very easy!! They are a treat as they are not light in fat or sugar but do have health benefits as I added hemp for a nutty flavor and omitted the nuts so they are safe at school. I added two berries and omitted the raisins from the original recipe.
They are gluten free too if you buy the right oatmeal that hasn’t been cross contaminated with flour. A delicious snack for any time of the day and they stay fresh in a sealed container for many days.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 56 gm. package hemp hearts
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 1 cup Craisins
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
- ½ cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a 15x10" pan with foil and grease foil. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Press evenly into pan. Bake for 25-30 min. or until lightly browned. Cool and then remove from pan. Peel off foil and cut into bars. Store at room temperature in a sealed container.
Adapted from a recipe by Shelley McDonald