Ever feel guilty for handing out store-bought granola bars to your kids when they’re hungry? I do! I know there are some healthier options now but in a sea of different types of granola bars, I get overwhelmed and buy the brand that I know.
I don’t even want to look at the ingredient list as I know sugar is probably at the top of the list, plus some other unpronounceable ingredient.
But they are just so handy! Pre-packaged and all. My kids are always hungry and in a pinch, it’s just so easy to grab something from the pantry that is ready to go.
Another tricky thing is the school will only accept snacks that are nut-free, so that really limited my choices.
A few weekends ago, I came across a sampling station at our local grocery store. They were handing out these little balls of snacks that looked so healthy and tasted very delicious. When I bought the ingredients home and tried to make it myself, it was super crumbly and I had a hard time making them into balls or squares for the kids.
After tweaking the recipe a few times, I think I’ve got it. My kids loved it. My husband will now snack on them too. I have also added them to my kids’ lunches.
The best part, you can easily substitute the ingredients for something else.
By the way, these are gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Try it and let me know how you like them!
- 1 cup of dry rolled oats (choose gluten-free ones to make this truly gluten-free)
- 1/3 cup shredded coconuts
- 2/3 sunflower butter or any butter
- 1/2 cup milled/ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I love Enjoy Life brand)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients together with a fork until thoroughly mixed.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.
- Once chilled, put them in a parchment paper lined brownie pan.
- Squish them tight together with a spatula or back of spoon.
- Or you can hand roll them into balls.
- Store in fridge, in an airtight container will last you up to 1 week.