Friday, May 1, 2009

healthy snacks


lately i have been trying to find snacks for the kids that dont have hydroginated (sp) oil in them. this is pretty much impossible as EVERYTHING we buy from the store does. (or it is super expensive) now i havent gone all crazy and stopped buying things with it in it, but i am trying to make some snacks that are better for our family.

i found a few recipes for granola bars on Cooks.com and modified the ones i liked and made my own. i have made quiet a few batches now and the whole family likes them (even dave). so i thought i would share. they are super easy to make, Realyn is my helper when we make them.

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
2 cups oats
1 cup rasins
1/2 cup crasins
1/2 cup nuts (whatever you like)
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
1/4 cup of flax
2 tbs honey
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

-heat oven to 350
-mix brown sugar, oil and eggs until smooth
-mix all other ingrediants in another bowl
-then mix both bowls together
-spread into a greased -9x13 pan
-bake for 17 to 20 minutes
- when cool cut into bars
-store in airtight container

the intial cost seemed like a lot but i have made a lot of batches with the ingrediants i got the first time.

ENJOY- if you try them out, let me know how you like them.

some other snacks we have been enjoying are:
ants on a log
whole wheat tortillas with melted cheese
fresh fruit
bananas dipped in yogurt, rolled in granola cereal and the frozen

i have a few more recipes i want to try, i will let you know which ones were winners.
here is a website i found with some really easy ones, it is a PDF your download
http://www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/nutrition_16492_ENU_HTML.htm

3 comments:

Tara said...

Those granola bars look and sound so yummy! We've been trying to eat healthier too, and a trip to the fruit stand this week, helped with that! We love summertime fruits:)

Mom B said...

Sounds like a wonderful, healthy snack...gonna have to give them a try! Best to start young with good foods rather than trying to break lifelong habits~

Heather said...

ooh yum! i'll have to try it. Meg has been teaching me how to make bread from scratch (she grinds her own wheat and everything) which really it's very hard if you have a grinder. It's been fun doing it together, especially when you take an afternoon and just make a whole bunch of stuff. i've made pizza dough out of it that was awesome. I also made some amazing soy/banana/whole wheat muffins with some left over flour. James has been begging me to make some more (and the kids loved them too...especially the batch with chocolate chips in them). Meg makes her own granola from scratch using the flour too. I want to try and do that next time since i have really been into yogurt topped with granola this pregnancy. :) Thanks for sharing!