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Monday, March 5, 2012

Reduce Packaging Waste by Making Homemade Snacks

By Diane

Packing a homemade lunch is usually a far healthier choice than eating out or having your kids eat cafeteria food. One of the best ways to have a low-waste lunch is to pack homemade foods in reusable containers, like Ziploc® Brand Containers.

low-waste snackOne of my kid's favorite snacks are granola bars. While these can be very nutritious, they also come individually packaged in wrappers that end up in the trash can. Homemade granola bars are a great alternative because you reduce packaging waste and get to control the types of ingredients.

The recipe below is loaded with oats, nuts, and dried fruit for a healthy (and very tasty!) snack that will help you reduce your lunch box waste!

Homemade Granola Bars

Ingredients:

2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup dried fruit (get creative! try cranberries, dates, blueberries, cherries, etc!)
1/4 cup wheat germ or ground flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips or nuts
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 egg
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour, brown sugar, dried fruit, wheat germ/flax seeds, salt, cinnamon, and nuts (or chocolate chips if using).

3. In a separate bowl, blend oil, honey, egg, and vanilla together and pour into the flour mixture. Mix thoroughly. Press into the prepared baking pan.

4. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until the edges are golden. Cool completely in the pan. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into bars. Store in an airtight Ziploc® Brand Container.

What home baked goodies do you like to put in your lunch?

3 Comments so far

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On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Beeb from Contest Corner wrote

Ooh, thanks for that recipe, I've actually been looking for a granola bar recipe that used quick oats!

On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, April of Insights by April wrote

Love this! I have been wanting to start making my kiddos snacks. They go through them so fast!!

On Monday, March 5, 2012, Ellen from Vermont wrote

Awesome suggestions. I cannot wait to get out in the garden again soon!

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