Snacks can get quite costly and eat up your budget if you are not careful. Plus the added sugar and other artificial ingrediants aren't the best things to be spending your money on. My solution - make your own snacks!
One of my favorites to whip up are granola bars. I use a veritle recipe and just add in odds and ends of items I have in my pantry. Today, I have some leftover shredded coconut from thanksgiving and some chocolate chips.
Here is the recipe I use:
- 4 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips (or whatever you are adding)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9x13 inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter or margarine, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc.
- Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.
I just cut them up and place them in a plastic baggie. Put them in sandwhich bags and the kids just grab them for snacks for school!
I'll get a picture up when they are done!