One of the things that bothers me most about portable food is individually packaged serving sizes. Reusable bags and lunch kits are great. But there are some foods that you can only get individually packaged. Granola bars, for example. But, you can make your own.
There are oodles of different granola bars out there, some more nutritious than others. Here are some granola bar recipes from “More Make Your Own Groceries”. I hope one appeals to you.
Cornflake and Apples Breakfast Bars
1 C Crushed Corn Flakes or Wheat Flakes
2 Tbsp Melted Butter
1/3 c Packed Brown Sugar
Combine these in a small bowl. Set aside.
1/2 C Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 C vegetable shortening
1/2 C Granulated Sugar
1 C Applesauce
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 C Flour
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 C Raisins, or chopped, dried Apples
1 Tsp Nutmeg
In a large bowl, cream together the sugars with the shortening until fluffy. Mix in applesauce and set aside.
In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda and spices. Stir this into the flour mixture and fold in the fruit.
Spread the mixture in a greased 10 x 15 x 1″ pan. Sprinkle the batter evenly with the cornflake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 – 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan, then cut into 10 bars.
These will store in their pan for a full week, or you can package them in sandwich bags (reusable, of course) and freeze. Thaw overnight or 1 hour at room temperature.
Here’s an easy recipe that kids are sure to like.
Chocolate Strawberry Granola Bars
1/2 c semisweet chocolate morsels
3/4 c strawberry jam
1 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c chopped walnuts
Butter an 8 x 8″ pan. Set aside.
In a quart sized pan over very low heat, melt the chocolate morsels, stirring constantly. Stir in the jam until blended, then remove the pan from the heat. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir until they are coated with the chocolate mixture.
Spread evenly in prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 6 – 9 bars.
You can, of course, try peanut butter morsels and grape jam or whatever you and your family likes.
The last one is a wholesome one.
Wheat and Oats Breakfast Bars
6 Oz. (3/4 c) dried mixed fruit bits or your own, chopped small;
1 C water
Place in saucepan, cover and slowly simmer for 10-15 minutes until the fruit is tender. Then uncover and continue to cook over low heat until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Mix in:
3 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp stained, fresh lemon juice Set aside to cool.
7 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 C Honey
Beat together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.
In another bowl, combine:
1 1/4 C whole wheat flour
1 1/4 C regular rolled oats
1/2 C chopped almonds
2 Tbsp wheat germ
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1/2 Tsp salt
Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the butter/honey mixture, using a wooden spoon. Press 1/2 mixture into a greased 8×8″ pan. Spread the fruit mixture evenly across the top. Crumble the remaining oat mixture over as a topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 35 minutes, until topping is golden. Let cool in the pan before cutting into 8 bars.
These will keep fresh in the pan for several days. You can also freeze them individually. Thaw overnight.
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