Chewy Granola Protein Bars
So I've been trying to make Fletch a good granola bar for years, I usually just make stuff up. Throw a bunch of stuff together and it doesn't really work out. The thing that it is missing is nuts or oats, neither of which he could have.
Now that we've gotten his food sensitivity testing back and his oat sensitivity (which used to be off the charts) is now non-existent, I decided to give granola bars another shot!
I got the original recipe here, but made some modifications to fit Fletcher's needs as well as my pantry's.
2 cups rolled oats (I use Only Oats because it's gluten free)
1/2 cup chocolate protein powder (I use PurePaleo because Fletch does well with beef based protein powder, we buy it at a health store, way cheaper than amazon)
1 Tbsp ground flax
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup sunbutter (or any nut butter - unless you are taking it to school)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey (we use raw, local honey because it helps with seasonal allergies and we also like a good excuse to go to the farmer's market;))
1/2 cup vanilla hemp milk (or any milk you aren't allergic to)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (we used the Made Good brand to keep it allergy friendly)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lay some parchment paper on a 7 x 11-inch baking pan. Combine oats, protein powder, flax, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
Combine sun butter, coconut oil, honey, hemp milk and vanilla in a medium bowl. Mix it up. Get your kids to do it. Make them work for this delicious treat.
Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir. Stop to let your kids taste it. Keep stiring until it's all mixed nicely. Throw in your chocolate chips and coconut (or any other mix-in you want, GO CRAZY!).
Pour into the baking pan. Using a spatula or your hands (sticky icky icky), spread the mixture evenly, pressing down firmly in the pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting into bars.
Throw on Peppa Pig to distract kids and to get them to stop repeatedly asking if they are ready yet.
I'm trying to record how Fletcher behaves after eating new stuff. So here goes.
Fletcher is a busy kid. He's loud, he's rambunctious, he likes to run outside. Pretty normal 4 year old stuff.
I don't mind that, but sometimes food makes him crazy. Not like typical crazy. Like you can see in his eyes that he is almost like possessed by something, crazy. It's like you're looking into the eyes of someone who has no soul. It's just not him.
Thankfuly I track this stuff so I know what throws him off. He's usually a sweet, thoughtful, and yes, very busy and active boy.
Anyways after eating these he was pretty normal. Doing trick shots with ping pong balls off the walls, annoying his sisters a little, and also straight out chilling and Paw Patrol. I didn't see that crazy look in his eyes, so I think these were a success!