Chewy Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars
I have nothing against really crispy granola, but since it’s harder for my toddler to eat, I wanted to make a softer, chewier granola bar that’s delicious for grown-ups but manageable for little eaters. Both my husband and daughter loved these, so I think that’s a win.
How to Make these Baby-Friendly
If you want a snack that’s awesome for little ones, up the applesauce to 1/2 cup and leave out the nuts. The increased applesauce makes the bars soft and cakey – a great snack for little eaters.
Granola Bars with Actual Nutrition
And these aren’t your storebought granola bars – these actually have nutritional value. When I looked at Nature Valley bars, I noticed that they’re filled with nothing more than various types of sugar and oats.
These, on the other hand, have some unbleached sugar (which you can cut back on by maybe 2 tablespoons if you want or sub honey or maple syrup), oats, real spices and vanilla, nutrients and fiber from apples and applesauce, and protein and lots of vitamins and minerals from hemp, and omega 3s from walnuts. These are the real deal.
And if you haven’t used hemp before, it’s a great way to add some serious nutrition and protein to your food. I buy hemp hearts (raw shelled hemp seeds), which look kind of like a cross between quinoa and a sesame seed and taste kind of nutty. It’s a great way to give some texture to granola.
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