sayonara packaged products.

Even before making the choice to go paleo, I’ve always tried to have homemade things on hand for E & I to take for lunch! It takes some time to get in the groove of baking and cooking on a regular basis, but once I got the hang of it I found myself reaching for those packaged items less & less, and saving money at the same time.

Because preparing your own food from scratch does take time & effort, I make it a personal challenge to create and make recipes that yield lots & lots of servings and require minimal effort! Here is one of the regular granola bars I make for E. The recipe yields 24 bars which means I only have to make them once or twice a month! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups Oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (I’ve used pecans and pistachios)
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup apple sauce, unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (I use chopped honey dates)
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 2 T flax seed, ground
  • 1/2 t. sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. You can chose to toast your oats and nuts if you’d like. To do so: spread oats and chopped nuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to ensure they do not burn.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add the applesauce.
  5. Transfer chopped nuts and oats to a bowl and stir in dried fruit, flax seed, spices & salt.
  6. Add banana mixture to oats and stir until combined; push into greased or lined baking pan.
  7. Bake until golden brown; the bars are done when they begin to separate from the sides of the pan. This takes approximately 30 minutes.
  8. Let cool until room temperature. Cut into 24 bars and store in an air tight container. I usually store half of them in the fridge, and freeze the other half for later!

What’s your take on packaged products?

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