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Recipe Redux: Travel Snacks

Both my husband’s and my family live out of state–in a variety of states, so my family is very used to long car trips. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, this month’s topic for my Recipe Redux post is travel snacks.

We always pack plenty of water and fruit, but for especially long trips, its nice to have something a bit more substantial. Granola bars are a great grab-n-go snack, and by making them myself, I can control what goes in so they’re not too high in sugar, have a decent amount of fiber, and contain only “real” ingredients.

The following recipe for Chewy Granola Bars is yummy as is, but the fun part is you can play around with it to suit your tastes or ingredients on hand. For example, you can replace some of the oats with wheat germ. You can use dried fruits like raisins or craisins, or nuts like pistachios or almonds, for some or all of the chocolate chips. You can throw in some ground flax—let yourself get creative. And if you happen to be enjoying these at home, they’re extra yummy heated up just a touch in the microwave.

Chewy Granola Bars
Chewy bars with just the right touch of sweetness.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups rolled oats
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  6. 1/4 cup canola oil
  7. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  8. 1/2 cup honey
  9. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  10. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients and stir together.
  3. Add wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Press mixture into the prepared pan firmly. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown. After 10 minutes using a buttered spatula or spoon, press firmly down again.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing and serving.
  6. Store in an airtight container. These also freeze well for longer storage.
Notes
  1. I love to zap these in the microwave for a few seconds before eating.
Foodie Mom, RD http://appleadaynutrition.net/blog/
 

I hope you enjoy them as much as my family.

Check out some more tasty on the go treats:

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10 Responses to Recipe Redux: Travel Snacks

  1. Your granola bars look fantastic! I know there are many granola bar recipes out there, but yours looks like a “keeper.”

  2. These look so good – I love chewy granola bars but don’t have any recipes for them!

    • admin says:

      I couldn’t believe it took me so long to get a recipe for them, but I knew as soon as I tried these, I found THE ONE!

  3. Diane Boyd says:

    These look great! I am pinning your recipe….

  4. admin says:

    Thanks Diane!

  5. Serena says:

    Was going to try making these for our camping trip next week. Have you ever tried cutting down on the fat or sugar? Or is this as low as you’d go for both? Thanks Heidi!

    • admin says:

      I would probably keep the fat as is, I’d be afraid they’d just be too dry. but I’d bet you could cut the sugar more, they are a bit on the sweet side. Good luck! Let me know how it works out.

  6. Vadim says:

    So wonderful taste. Second time I added more honey, than indicated in recipe and become more delicious!!!

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