I have recently decided to eat/feed my family more real food and cut out a lot of the processed food we eat. I think most of the processed food in the house is in my daughter's snacks. So I am on a quest to make homemade snacks for Lyra that are healthy and that she will actually eat. My first attempt was to makeover her "bars."
I decided to try chocolate chip granola bars, although the term "bar" takes many forms in her world, and went in search of a good recipe. I found many energy bar and health food recipes which included many various kinds of ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, protein powder, etc. which was not exactly what I was looking for. For one, she doesn't like dried fruits and definitely doesn't need protein powder. Also, a lot of the recipes contained a laundry list of ingredients and I was looking for a simple good tasting recipe. I settled on this one: http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/chewy-chocolate-chip-granola-bars/. The recipe looked simple with a few ingredients, most of which I already had. In order to make these more diet friendly, I substituted a few of the ingredients. I used real butter instead of margarine, whole grain kamut flour, bittersweet chocolate chips (because that's what I had), coconut sugar, honey instead of maple syrup, and the crisp rice cereal I used was whole grain brown rice with 3 ingredients on the label. I also chose the peanut butter variation using natural peanut butter.