Energy Granola Bars

Over here at Weegie Kitchen headquarters I’m chuffed to bits to bring an honorary Weegie into the fold. Everyone wave hullo to the lovely Lisa Palompo Dixon from Palompo PR!

Lisa is a Mum of two, a keen cook and a Scottish PR who helps brilliant brands grow. You can also catch up on her recent blogging antics on all things PR over at www.palompopr.com.

With a 4 year old and a 1 year old Lisa is best placed to turn to for advice on cooking and feeding youngsters. I on the other hand, have no qualms about inducing a diabetic coma in the kids in my family via chocolate cake, in a bid to get them to bed early. So on these posts, Lisa will be offering up several easy recipes for cooking for kids, but by the looks of it with this 1st post, I can imagine these will go down a storm with adults as well. So over to Lisa…

A must have for every kitchen - The Old School hard drive
A must have for every kitchen – The Old School hard drive

Rice cakes, oatcakes, cereal bars, in fact anything with a grain seems to hit the spot for my two kids. With an endlessly hungry four-year old Rory and a copycat little girl, Camilla, who is one, I spend a lot of my time feeding my two children.

As with most Mums I know, the reality is a lot more food is bought rather than baked. However, when I get a chance, I do make an effort to seek out the easy to make-bake-and-bite recipes.

Energy Granola Bars

Almost everything in my life at the moment requires me to turn to the holy grain of inspiration, pinspiration…Pinterest of course! It’s on this virtual pin board that I found these appetising Granola Energy Bars.

I wrote the ingredients down in my recipe book, just in case there is a WiFi issue and I cant get the recipe. It’s important to always have a written back up of your favourite recipe if you can.

I first made these for Rory when he was 3 and he (and I!) loved them. So its now my go-to recipe to keep the baking tin full.

Fill up the baking tin & keep out of reach of kids! Image: joandsue.blogspot.ca
Fill up the baking tin & keep out of reach of kids! Image: joandsue.blogspot.ca

Ingredients

Ingredients

Heat the oven to 180C. Grease a square tin with oil or butter.

Rope in the older kids to do this for you.
Rope in the older kids to do this for you.

Mix together all of the ingredients in a BIG bowl.

Scrape the mixture into the tin. Press it down with the back of a spoon or a palette knife.

An after school snack which can be whipped up in time for them getting home.
An after school snack which can be whipped up in time for them getting home.

Bake in the oven for 10-14 minutes but check it regularly so it doesn’t burn.

Remove from the oven. Score lightly with a sharp knife into the size of bars you want.

Now wait for them to cool (if you can manage it)
Now wait for them to cool (if you can manage it)

Set aside for 30 minutes to harden up (a long time in my opinion but worth it).

Cut into squares, store in a tin and enjoy!

Why are these so yummy?

  • Made in minutes – You are literally cup scooping & stirring only.
  • Bakes super quick – 12 minutes and you are done.
  • Easy to eat –  Just watch out for the crumbly bits.
  • Versatile – These are great with tea or coffee, crumbled into Greek yogurt, in a lunch box or given to a child in their high chair.

 

 

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