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Back to school season is upon us! And that means rushed mornings where a leisurely breakfast is a distant dream. One of my favorite ways to make sure my kids (and I!) get something in our systems in the mornings are granola bars. Who doesn't love a good granola bar?
The problem is that a lot of granola bars contain tons of extra sugar, or frosting, or are basically tiny cakes pressed into little rectangles. Read the nutrition information on a box of store-bought granola bars sometime, you'll never look at them the same way again!
I came up with this recipe for three ingredient recipe for homemade granola bars, using healthy breakfast cereal (so it already has all the good stuff packed in it!) as the base. They're quick and easy to make, and odds are you already have the ingredients laying around!
Keep reading for the full recipe!
3 Ingredient back-to-school granola bars
1 box of cereal (I used Post Great Grains)
1 jar of peanut or almond butter
1 cup quick oats
The key ingredient to these granola bars is using a good cereal. Choosing a cereal with quality ingredients already in it saves you time, and keeps you in control of what's going into your body. A cereal that already includes nuts, granola and actual, real fruit as the base keeps the whole process streamlined.
I stopped by WalMart and picked up some Post Great Grains Blueberry Morning, because my kids love love looooove blueberries. (My daughter was picking the blueberries out of the cereal while we were making these!) But also because the sweeteners are natural and not overpowering, and it's high in fiber with whole grains. So basically: good for you, and good for your kids!
1. Pour your cereal into a large mixing bowl, and mix in your cup of oatmeal. Grease an 8x8 pan and set aside.
2. Melt your peanut or almond butter in the microwave until it's liquid and simple to pour, and pour it into your mixture of oatmeal and cereal. Mix in well until all the cereal is coated.
3. Pour your cereal mixture into the greased 8x8 pan, and press down until it's pretty compact, you want everything nice and smooshed down so it stays together well!
4. Once you've gotten your mixture really pressed into your pan, cover and refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, until completely hardened. Take out and cut into bars!
That's my brilliant back-to-school idea, but I'd love to hear yours too! Let me know in the comments, how do you streamline the breakfast routine in the AM?