I am a snacky person. It’s the truth. I just get so dang hungry between meals. Yes, a piece of it is because I am nursing, but I always like to eat smaller meals and snacks in between. This is probably where Peys gets it. Well, no, she is way worse. The kid will barely eat so that she can say, “Mom, can I have a snack?” Lil’ stinker! I have to make her finish breakfast and then she doesn’t get a snack until halfway between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner. IT DRIVES ME CRAZY. I just wait for her to ask every day. And so, white chocolate craisin granola bars!
Anyway, because we are snacky people I like to have healthier options instead of all the crap from the store. Not that I don’t buy some every now and again because Peys thinks it’s so exciting, but let’s be honest they are basically pure sugar. Instead I like to keep carrots, fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts etc around to munch on. A grocery store granola bar makes me feel like I’ve eaten a type of candy bar and fruit snacks… yeah I hate those. Such a waste. Plus, they don’t fill us up so I find myself grabbing another bag or whatever.
I decided that I wanted to make my own granola bars and I think I’ve done it. These are the two I made this time, but I can’t wait to try a few more options. I’m thinking sunflower seeds, peanut butter, oh the possibilities!!!
What Are Craisins?
Craisins are dried cranberries.
They are dried using the same method used when making raisins from grapes.
Are Craisins Good For You?
Dried cranberries contain the same nutrients as fresh cranberries, primarily dietary fiber and antioxidants.
The drying processes substantially reduce the vitamin A and vitamin C content.
And sugar is added during the process.
How Long Will Granola Bars Keep?
Granola bars, commercially packaged will keep for 6-8 months.
Homemade granola bars will keep for about 1 week in an airtight container.
Granola bars can be frozen for a longer storage period.
White Chocolate Craisin Granola Bars
Recipe By Me
- 2 Cups Oatmeal (I used Old fashioned, but I truly think either works)
- 1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/2 Cup Honey
- 1/2 Cup Oil
- 1/2 Cup Craisins
- 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips (sadly I had to pick around these)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place parchment in a 9x13 pan. (I've done a cookie sheet, but they are too thin for my liking)
- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
- In another bowl mix together the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
- Add the craisins and white chocolate chips.
- Stir until they are evenly distributed and press into the pan.
- Bake for 17 min.
For chocolate chip just remove craisins and double the amount of milk chocolate chips
Serving Size:1 recipe
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 3664 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 202.8mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 529g Fiber: 44.3g Sugar: 286.1g Protein: 62.7g