Sunday, March 15, 2015

MSPI Friendly Granola Bars

A few months into starting solids I started looking for some snack options that I could share with my little one. The vast majority of time I carried around nature's perfect snack- fruit! First freeze dried fruit, then whole fruit, then dried fruit. Sometimes I changed it up with vegetables, cucumbers and then carrots. To be perfectly honest, I still consider this the perfect snack- easy and inexpensive. However, from time to time I wanted to change it up and be able to carry something in my bag that I wasn't worried about bruising when my bag got shoved under the stroller, tossed in the entryway and otherwise manhandled. With MSPI store bought treats are significantly limited, so I hit up Pinterest and came away with the fabulously easy banana-oatmeal cookie recipe. In time, I adjusted the proportions to make these a slightly larger, more filling, and in my opinion tasty treat. 

MSPI Friendly Granola Bars (dairy free, soy free, gluten free)

Yields 12 bars

Ingredients (required)
2 bananas
2 cups oats (rolled or quick)

Ingredients (optional)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup pecans (crushed)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips (dairy free, soy free)
Pinch of salt
anything else you can think ofcinnamon, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts (crushed), chopped dried fruit, etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Combine with oats
  4. Add as many or as little optional ingredients as you would like.
  5. Form into bars on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 12 minutes. If you forgot to preheat you can still stick them in a cold oven just add a few minutes 

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