Crunchy Granola Bars are a distinctively crunchy, delicious homemade snack. This granola bar recipe makes a wholesome snack on the go, with its healthy oats, seeds, and a touch of honey and chocolate on top for sweetness.
This post is sponsored by Milk Means More and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. All thoughts are my own.
Fact: food allergies stink. Life threatening food allergies are even worse.
Five-sixths of the Comfortably Domestic family is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. Although we’ve been walking this path for well over a decade, I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t initially struggle as each kid was diagnosed. Nuts are seemingly in everything! Many household and convenience food items are not safe for us. Packaged food often contains nuts, traces of nuts, or are manufactured in a facility with nuts. We initially had a hard time switching the focus from what we couldn’t eat and shifting it to what we could eat.
In the grand scheme of life, avoiding nuts isn’t all that difficult anymore because we’ve found our label reading groove. We read every label, every time we buy absolutely anything. Thankfully, we’ve been managing our allergies long enough that trips to the emergency room are few and far between. Just for kicks, pay attention to the labels of your favorite grab and go snacks next time you shop. The amount of things containing traces of nuts might surprise you.
Food allergies do have an upside, in that having them has challenged me to making many things at home that I may not have otherwise thought to try. Chocolate syrup, homemade toaster pies (pop tarts), baked Boston Cream doughnuts, and a nut free version of Reese’s peanut butter filling are some of the allergy-friendly treats.
One of the things that I miss the most are (or rather, were) crunchy granola bars.
Finding a box of granola bars that doesn’t contain some form of nuts is exceedingly difficult. After longing for that buttery, honey kissed crunch of a crunchy granola bar for so many years, making them at home is necessary!
Many granola bar recipes yield a soft bar that is tasty, but yields a texture more reminiscent of a cake or muffin. The soft bars were seriously lacking in the protein department, completely falling apart when attempting to transport them anywhere. I mean, what are granola bars if not a convenient snack on-the-go? Crumbling to nothingness is not an desirable trait.
After much experimentation, I came up with a Crunchy Granola Bar with the right amount of sweetness that still packed a good amount of protein. Plenty of crunch to satisfy, and it holds up well in transport.
Crunchy Granola Bars are a wholesome, homemade snack for home or on the go.