It’s almost time for a new school year and that means I once again have to start thinking about packing school lunches for my boys! They tend to both favour simple meat sandwiches in their lunch, which makes my life a little easier, but they also need a daily healthy snack and personally, I like to make that snack myself to ensure I know exactly what my boys are eating.
Of course, I also don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen baking, and that’s why these easy granola bars have been a hit in our household for years now. With just one bowl, a little mixing and 25 minutes in the oven, I get about two weeks’ worth of tasty granola bars perfect for snacking at school!
The beauty of these bars is really in their versatility. If my boys have a child with nut allergies in their classes, I simply replace the chopped nuts with pumpkin seeds. When we’re not in the mood for raisins, I use dried cranberries instead. And if my boys are in a class that allows peanuts, I make one of their very favourite substitutions…replacing the melted butter with melted Kraft peanut butter!
The bars can be individually wrapped in plastic wrap, but they also fit perfectly into one of the snack containers of the Rubbermaid Lunchblox kit.
And this year, there’s even more reason to pick up one of these handy kits because Rubbermaid has partnered with Kraft to offer an amazing deal! With the purchase of a Rubbermaid Lunchblox kit, get $10 in money-saving coupons for your favourite Kraft products!
And be sure to check out the Kraft Canada What’s Cooking website for tons of healthy snack ideas, easy lunch box solutions and powerhouse breakfasts that will help you sail through the start of the school year.
It’s going to be a busy month but with a little planning, a few easy snack recipes on file and some super savings for your favourite Kraft products, it’s going to be a fun one too!
Easy Homemade Granola Bars
Easy and versatile granola bars perfect for school lunchboxes and snacks!
- 1 cup nuts, eg. chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, etc.
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Mix all ingredients together well in bowl.
- Line cookie sheet with greased aluminum foil.
- Press mixture evenly into pan.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool for five minutes, then lift out of pan using edges of foil and cut into bars.
- Store bars in airtight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap.
If desired, substitute dried cranberries for raisins, pumpkin seeds for nuts or peanut butter for butter.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
62 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Granola Bars for Back to School”
great recipe, nutritious & delicious, can’t wait to try it! :-)
These look easy and delicious! I love sending my kids to school with homemade treats like these. :)
Sounds like a great recipe! I will have to try these….we love granola bars.
Is there anything dairy-free you could substitute the condensed milk with?
I haven’t tried it, Nicole, but I’ve heard that this recipe works well in place of the milk: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/6e9oo6sp/sweetened-condensed-milk-substitute.html. Hope this helps! :)
I love how simple and easy these bars are, not to mention healthy and a whole lot cheaper than buying store bought ones!!
These look delicious. I will try this soon.
I’m always on the look out for healthy snacks for the kids, thanks!
They sound good and easy to make, thank you!
They really are, Doris! And nice and chewy too! :)
Can I use something else besides condensed milk?
You can actually make your own if you prefer, Crea! Just combine 12oz of whipping cream and 1 cup of your favourite sweetener (maple syrup, honey, sugar, etc) and boil over medium heat until it’s thick and creamy! And if you’re looking for a dairy-free option, I’ve heard this recipe works well: http://www.cooks.com/recipe/6e9oo6sp/sweetened-condensed-milk-substitute.html. Hope this helps!
are they low in sugar and high in fiber?