Playground Granola Bars for #SundaySupper

It is back to school time again, how did that happen?? Where did the summer go??? This summer went by the fastest ever!! We had a glorious one weather wise but alas we now have to send the kids back!! For this #SundaySupper I wanted to come up with a granola bar that was really healthy. I have made them before and here is the recipe but they didn’t have the healthiest of ingredients. These Playground Granola Bars are healthy, delicious and importantly peanut and nut free for school. That doesn’t mean they aren’t absolutely delicious because they are!! Loaded with yummy ingredients and of course who can resist to add a bit of chocolate too!!!

Playground Granola Bars by Noshing With The Nolands

They are sweet, crunchy, moist and delicious!! Kids will love them and parents will be happy to include them into their lunch box.

Playground Granola Bars by Noshing With The Nolands

My daughter would always grab her snack and run out to the playground at recess. That is where I thought of the name. Most kids are on the go with their snacks and these will be a perfect grab and run treat!! These granola bars are full of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, dates, chocolate, and oats. I even put some flax seeds in them for an extra boost of omega 3 fatty acids!! They will fill you up and keep you going for the rest of the morning!!

Playground Granola Bars by Noshing With The Nolands

 Playground Granola Bar

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Playground Granola Bars for #SundaySupper
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 24
A healthy granola bar that you will be happy to put in your kids lunchbox!!
  • 3 cups rolled oats, ground but still leaving some larger pieces (gluten free if desired)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ⅛ cup flax seeds, ground
  • 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ½ cup semi sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Prepare a 10x15" pan with foil that is sprayed with cooking oil. Mix all the ingredients together. Spread evenly into pan and flatten slightly with a spatula sprayed with cooking oil. Bake 325 F for 20-25 in. Let cool and cut into rectangles. They will be still moist on the bottom. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat.

Playground Granola Bars by Noshing With The Nolands

Here are a fabulous line up of great recipes to help you get back in the swing of school!!

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  1. says

    Gorgeous photos, Tara! do believe I am gazing at the post of an-oh-so important Huffington food writer! Seriously, first class photos AND recipe,,,Flax seeds I do believe balances out any extra chocolate addition =)

  2. says

    Firstly, your pictures are stunning! The pumpkin seeds and the cranberries are so delicious looking and the whole combo of healthy fruits and seeds and chocolate look so appealing. I don’t have a good granola bar recipe and I’m excited to try this!

  3. Jill Johnston says

    Mmmmmm … I’m going hiking tomorrow with M and her little ones. These look like delicious snacks for us to take along. Do you use blocks of dates when you made these or fresher ones?

  4. says

    I know, this summer went way too fast!!Love your granola bar recipe and it seems like the perfect snack for my kids.Would love to try it!

  5. says

    Love this recipe Tara! I’m really into making my own breakfast bars lately. These look so colorful too, will definitely have to give these a try!


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