How To Make Granola Bars (Photos)
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During the week, breakfast is a tough meal to get a handle on. We know that it's the most important meal, yet it competes with other equally important tasks, like morning showers. There's also the lack of time due to a clock that runs too fast and just a general state of hurry.
Breakfast is one of those things that we just forget about ... until our stomachs start growling at the most inconvenient times. But by then it's too late; we have to opt for the quickest solution, grabbing whatever we can on the way and hoping that it has the right nutrition to provide us with full energy until lunch. But the truth is, most of those quick options don't fill you up (unless you went for the sensible choice of yogurt and fruit over the more tempting bagel with cream cheese). And not only might that choice not be the healthiest, it can also end up making quite a dent in your wallet by the end of the week.
You can avoid this all-too common occurrence by making quick and easy homemade breakfasts to eat on the go. And we've got just the solution: the homemade granola bar. They'll save you time, money and will just be better for you overall. At least you can be sure that there's no high-fructose corn syrup or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene, which is accused of causing hyperactivity in children) in your first meal of the day, which some of the store-bought variety do contain. Check out the recipes in the slideshow below to make your own granola bars.
What is your go-to quick breakfast solution? Leave a comment below.
Fruit-And-Nut Energy Bars
Loaded with pecans, cashews and peanut butter, this is one energy bar that's full of protein. The recipe takes only 45 minutes from start to finish and will stay fresh for up to 10 days in an airtight container. Get these made on Sunday, so you can be enjoying them all week long. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fruit-and-nut-energy-bars_n_1058399.html" target="_hplink">Fruit-and-Nut Energy Bars</a> recipe</strong>
Sticky Oat-And-Pine-Nut Bars
For a granola bar with a sweeter side, this one is a real winner. It's simple on the inside with oats, pine nuts and honey, and then doused in white chocolate. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sticky-oat-and-pine-nut-b_n_1058718.html" target="_hplink">Sticky Oat-and-Pine-Nut Bars</a> recipe</strong>
Quinoa And Fruit Power Bars
If you've had your fill of oats, you can use quinoa flakes instead. Quinoa is a great source of protein, making the bar one that you can feel very good about eating in the morning. For quinoa flakes, check your local health food store. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/quinoa-and-fruit-power-ba_n_1057183.html" target="_hplink">Quinoa and Fruit Power Bars</a> recipe</strong>
Almond-Honey Power Bar
Honey, raw sugar and almond butter are used as sweeteners in these healthy breakfast bars. The recipe is full of dried apricots, currants and raisins, giving it a hint more sweetness. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/almond-honey-power-bar_n_1062083.html" target="_hplink">Almond-Honey Power Bar</a> recipe</strong>
A surprise ingredient in these energy bars -- chickpeas -- will really get you going in the mornings with that extra dose of protein. If you're not a fan of sweets, these salty-sweet morning bars will be just the right fit for you. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/energy-bars_n_1056949.html" target="_hplink">Energy Bars</a> recipe</strong>
Crunchy Granola Wedges
This recipe only calls for a handful of ingredients making it an on-the-go breakfast option that you can most likely throw together without even having to go to the store. You can freeze these and they will keep for up to a month. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crunchy-granola-wedges_n_1062229.html" target="_hplink">Crunchy Granola Wedges</a> recipe</strong>
Nut-Free Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars
Along with oats, puffed wheat cereal makes up these breakfast bars. It also calls for dried cherries and semi-sweet chocolate, though feel free to substitute for your favorite additions. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/nut-free-chocolate-cherry_n_1062381.html" target="_hplink">Nut-Free Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars</a> recipe</strong>
With only 10 minutes of hands-on work, you can enjoy these granola bars almost as soon as they come out of the oven. Cinnamon and vanilla give them a nice flavorful kick, and to take it up a notch a bit of cardamom would make a nice addition. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/granola-bars_n_1059580.html" target="_hplink">Granola Bars</a> recipe</strong>
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