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! 🙂
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add the applesauce.
- Transfer chopped nuts and oats to a bowl and stir in dried fruit, flax seed, spices & salt.
- Add banana mixture to oats and stir until combined; push into greased or lined baking pan.
- Bake until golden brown; the bars are done when they begin to separate from the sides of the pan. This takes approximately 30 minutes.
- 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?