Chocolate granola bars...
It's hard to believe spring break is already here! Oh, how this year is flying! We hadn't planned on going anywhere over the break, however with the below normal temps and inordinate amount of snowfall we've had over the past few weeks we had a change of heart. It's not like me (or my husband) to be spontaneous but that's exactly what we were with this decision. We pulled up a map on-line and randomly picked a city in the continental United States. Phoenix, Arizona showed average temps in March at 75 degrees so without much thought we booked our airline tickets. It wasn't until the trip was booked that we started looking at activities in the area. We were delighted to find that Sadona, Arizona is a short drive from Phoenix so we are planning to spend a day or two there doing some hiking through Red Rock State Park. Then we'll head back to Phoenix where we'll catch a Brewer's spring training game and just hang out in the sunshine for a few days. I'm very much looking forward to spending some time with my family...especially in some warmer weather!
Rather than post lunch box photos this week I thought I'd share a few of my favorite "travel snacks" throughout the week. These are all recipes I made up specifically for our trip knowing they would come in handy while we're out and about on our Arizona adventure.
The first snack recipe is for a VERY easy chocolate granola bar. My boys LOVE these!
This recipe is adapted from one I found here:
1/4 c. unsweetened Hershey's chocolate chips
1.4 c natural peanut butter (I use Skippy natural, but almond butter, sunbutter or another nut butter would work)
1/4 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)
1 c. oats
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Sweetener (I use erythritol, but you could use agave syrup, truvia, etc...)
2 Tbsp Other Dry Ingredients (flax seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, protein powder, etc...)
Melt the first three ingredients together in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring and checking
Then add the oats and the additional ingredients, stir to combine. (You want this mixture to be somewhat dry. If its not dry enough, add more oats one tablespoon at a time.)
Press mixture into bars or balls. I have a small rectangular plastic container I line with wax paper to form the bars. You could use an 8x8 pan for thin bars, or smaller pan if you want thicker bars. Simply pour the "batter" into a pan lined with wax paper. Spread batter until even and put in refrigerator or freezer for 10 minutes, or until bars have set up. Slice into bars. When we're home I store the bars in the freezer and pull them out for lunches as needed.