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Making your own snack bars

Scratch made snack bars
Don't buy snack bars at the grocery store, make your own!

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I love snack bars.  They're SO convenient, it's a snack that's not too calorie-heavy and curbs your appetite (and sometimes those sweet tooth cravings) between meals, it's a perfect on-the-go snack grab, a must-have for traveling (especially at airports), pick the right type and they pack a good amount of protein, and the best part, there are so many flavor varieties to choose from.

Some kind of snack bar is always on my weekly grocery shopping list.  I've always got a box or two on hand and my go-to bar is Elevation ONLY bars offered at Aldi.

I've sampled 'power' bars, protein bars, the so-called energy bars, and various other snack bars since dropping candy bars from my diet years ago, and they do an adequate job of satisfying the sweet craving while upping the protein count a bit, but I have yet to find a more nutritionally sound candy bar option with a "Wow" factor.

Scratch made snack bars
This recipe makes 8 bars

The Elevation ONLY BAR is good, similar to its competitors, definitely a healthier eat than a traditional candy bar, but also like its competitors, not quite there with the "Wow" flavor factor.  I've tried Larabar, KIND, Clif, and a few other brands and I'd have to say I'd pick Elevation over Larabar and Clif, it's a toss-up with KIND. 

I've learned to appreciate snack bars over candy bars, but it's still an expense at the grocery store I should probably do without.  So motivated by "What else can I do with oatmeal?"...  I decided to give making my own snack bars a try.

It's SO easy, and I can't believe I haven't done it before now.

Here's a super quick snack bar recipe, all it takes are equal parts of ingredients, a food processor, and about 20 minutes of baking time.

Mike's Snack Bar

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup quick-cook rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup trail mix - and this is the beauty of this recipe, select any type you want.  I went with a mix of almonds, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, hazelnuts and pecans.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
Scratch made snack bars
I used a trail mix of almonds, walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, hazelnuts and pecans. Next batch, I'm thinking I'll include dark chocolate.

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Dump ingredients into a food processor, pulse to combine, until you get a mixture that will bind together when squeezed.  Press the mixture into a greased, standard 9" square cake pan.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes, then turn the pan over onto a cutting board.  Slice the baked deliciousness into 8 equal pieces. 

These bars are tasty!  They satisfy the snack need, they pack some protein from the nuts and a bit from the oatmeal, the bars have good carbs - not the bad stuff, they don't have near the sodium as some of the commercial products, they're every bit as convenient as a pre-packaged product, and making my own allows me to eliminate snack bars from my weekly grocery list.  And to repeat, these bars are tasty!

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

Related:  Snack Review: Southern Grove Serenity Trail Mix

Related: Food Review: Elevation ONLY BAR - Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan

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