Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

by Jen on August 25, 2014

These Healthy Homemade Granola Bars are the perfect snack to send with your kids to school!

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I can hardly believe that there is just one more week of summer break and then the kids are back in school.  I would be lying if I wasn’t doing a little happy dance though!  While I love our lazy summer days and hanging out with my boys, I’m excited to have them ALL in school full-time starting this year!  After 8-1/2 years of being a full-time mom, I final get to enjoy some FREEDOM!!

*insert me doing the happy dance*

As we are gearing up for another school year, I’ve been thinking about what to give the kids in their school lunches.  The kids love granola bars, but the ones we can buy in the store aren’t the healthiest.  So I decided instead to try making my own.  And actually, they were really easy to make and tasted great.

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These bars are chewy, chocolaty, and of course, made with healthy ingredients….stuff you can pronounce!  These were gobbled up in 3 days, so I’m pretty sure they were a huge success.  Even my husband couldn’t get enough of them.

Once you make them, be sure to store them in an airtight container.  Like any homemade treat, they will tend to go stale quickly because there are no preservatives.  So if you don’t plan on eating them all within four days, I recommend wrapping a few and putting them in the freezer.

The kids loved that they were made with crispy rice cereal, not just oats.  And what kid doesn’t love chocolate added to their snack!  These are also perfect to take to school because they are gluten-free (if you use gluten-free crispy rice cereal) and are also vegan.

Instead of buying the unhealthy boxed granola bars, I hope you’ll try these instead.  Kid AND mom approved!

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Healthy Homemade Granola Bars

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

Recipe adapted from Farm Girl Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (can use regular honey)
  • 1/4 cup maple sugar (can use brown sugar)
  • 5 Tbsp coconut oil (can use unsalted butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with olive oil and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the crispy rice cereal and oats.
  3. In a small saucepan, add the honey, sugar, and coconut oil and bring to a simmer. Heat for approximately 3 minutes, until it becomes syrupy. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over the cereal and oat mixture. Stir well to coat and pour into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Lay a piece of parchment paper over the pan and press the oat mixture down. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and press down again.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before cutting into bars.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. These freeze well too.

Notes

Cal: 139 Fat: 7g Protein: 2g Carbs: 21g Fiber: 2g Sodium: 27mg

21 Day Fix: 1 yellow container

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Do You Need To Lose 10 Pounds? Start HERE

by Jen on August 22, 2014

 Lose 10 pounds, fit into your old jeans, and gain self confidence all in just 30 days! I’ll show you how.

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As fall approaches and you are winding down vacation and gearing up for another school year, you may be thinking it’s time to get back on track with your health and fitness.  There is nothing worse than putting on your jeans from last year and they are too tight!  Even in just 30 days of exercise, nutrition, focus, and accountability, you can lose up to 10 pounds, drop a dress size, increase your energy, have more confidence and feel comfortable in your everyday clothes!

What if I told you that in just 30 days, I can help give you all that and more!  Even after losing 90 pounds myself, I still slip up now and then and gain a few pounds of belly bloat.  So whenever I need to get ready for an event or go on vacation, I strip down my eating by consuming ONLY clean foods!  I still get to eat enough, 5-6 meals per day and get my workout in.  But the plan is very strategically designed.  Each time I’ve done this plan, I feel less bloated and more confident in my dress or bathing suit.

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I want to teach this system to you too!  I’m going to running my next “Drop a Dress Size” group starting on Monday, September 8th.  For 30 days, you will be focused, motivated, and driven to reach your goal.  I will teach you which food to eliminate from your diet and how to bust through those last 10 pounds.  This program is perfect if you are stuck at a plateau or just can’t get to your goal. Sometimes it just takes a few small tweaks to your diet and fitness.

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