Each week I think "I'll go to the store and get all the snacks and food that Dawson and Jon love." I think to myself; I am going to make the best lunches this week. So I have in my head to go down the snack isle. The list in my head goes like this.
- Cheez-it's Chex mix
- Scooby Doo snacks (the graham crackers)
- Graham Crackers
- PB & Chive Crackers
- Fudge & Oats Granola Bars
- Potato Chips
- Corn Dogs (frozen kind)
The list can always go on if I circle the grocery store long enough. Now, of course, this all depends on what store I am shopping in. The 3 of us prefer shopping at Aldi's versus other stores. Naturally, the prices drag us in, but the produce section is hot too.
My brain wants great food, made from scratch, clean and healthy. However, sometimes my body wants other things. Or I just want to be plain lazy, and it would just be easier to grab and go if you will. Isn't that what it is all about though? Being lazy? More than anything not caring. We know that we should make more snacks than we do. However, most of us would rather grab the box of cookies or sandwich crackers. It's ok, we all do it at times. It's easy, quick and saves us time.
So enough about that. We love granola bars at our house. Jon usually eats two every morning for breakfast, and I can count on Dawson to eat two after school. I always buy the Sunbelt brand, Chewy Fudge, and the common Granola kind. Of course, the chocolate chip ones aren't bad either.
You all know that the 3 of us are trying to do better about making snacks more from home. Instead of buying a boxed snack, we just want to get back to real food and make sure we are doing the best we can. So guess what? I have another granola bar recipe. I tried it, it worked, and it tastes fantastic.
Jon has a buddy who loved them for after a good run. That way he wouldn't get too hungry later on.
Dates are a wonderful natural sweetener and they are perfect for holding a granola bar together!
Dated Granola Bars
- 2/3 Cup Cashews
- 1/3 Cup Dried Cherries
- 30 Pitted Dates
- 1 TBS Ground Flaxseed
- 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips
- Pinch of Salt
In a food processor add all of your ingredients grind until well ground. Pour into a 9x9 dish (or something bigger). Flatten out the ingredients, cover your dish and place in the fridge until set up. Place them in the freezer for a quicker set up. Once they have hardened, cut and wrap in wax paper. Store in the fridge.
What are your favorite ingredients for a granola bar?
Ashleigh is a Wife, Mother, & Graphic Designer.