Note from Mommypotamus: Today’s guest post comes from Suzanne Perazzini of Strands of My Life. Her ebook, Paleo Treats, is chock full of delicious recipes that are free of grains, nuts, eggs and refined sugar. Thank you for stopping by, Suzanne!
If you are tired of all the processed food your kids are eating . . .
Start with their lunchboxes. You have total control over what goes in there so make sure it contains healthy but attractive food. These granola bars should fit the bill with the sweetness of dried figs and apricots and the wholesomeness of simple rolled oats. You can vary the fruit and nuts to make these a little different each time.
Apricot & Walnut Granola Bars
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1/3 cup honey (where to buy honey)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (where to buy cinnamon)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (where to buy vanilla extract, how to make homemade vanilla extract)
- 2½ cups rolled oats (Mommypotamus note: I recommend using sprouted oats)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (where to buy unsulphured apricots)
- 1/3 cup chopped dried figs (where to buy organic, unsulphered dried figs)
- 1/3 cup raisins (organic raisins)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/350F. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with baking paper. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, mashed bananas, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Stir in the oats, making sure that it is evenly mixed and all of the oats are moistened. Mix in the nuts and dried fruit. 3. Turn the mixture out into the baking pan and press into the pan, making sure it is evenly distributed and tightly packed. 4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Remove from the pan and cut into bars with a sharp knife. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
About The Author
Suzanne Perazzini is the writer, recipe developer and photographer of the blog Strands of My Life, where cooking and taking photographs is an escape into a private world of sensory perception and creation.She lives with her husband and son in New Zealand in a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She is a published author, an incorrigible traveller and lover of all things beautiful. Strands of My Life is a blog about her food journey towards great health.