Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Food you make at home from quality ingredients will often be nutritionally superior to factory-made food. Make a double batch and wrap extras for the freezer.  You can send these to school for a snack or the lunch box. Chopping the dried fruit and nuts very fine makes the texture more acceptable for kids who are new to these foods.

Homemade Granola Bars

Makes about 15 bars

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick oats (not instant)
  • ¾ cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup dried fruit (cherries, apricots or apples), chopped fine in food processor
  • ½ cup nuts (pecans, slivered almonds or walnuts), chopped very fine in food processor
  • ¼ cup low sugar jelly or jam (cherry, apricot, grape or raspberry)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 8X8” square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, flour, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine oil, honey (measure into the same cup used for the oil and it will slide out completely), applesauce and eggs. Add dried fruit and nuts, then add this mixture to dry ingredients.
  4. Spread into baking pan and bake 25-30 minutes, until toothpick in the center comes out clean. Spread jam over the surface on the bars.
  5. Cut into 15 bars. For school snacks, wrap in foil and crimp the ends with a fork, so the kids don’t feel their snack is “different” from the others.

What dried fruit, nut and jam combinations will you try?

Being Mindful: Helping Kids Manage Stress

We’ve all probably read or talked about what causes stress and how it affects us. Sometimes it comes from what’s going on in our lives. Other times stress comes from our desire to do more with every minute of the day.

The same is true for kids.

It can be hard to be a kid. The world is a big place, there’s a lot of pressure to do the right thing, do well in school, be good in sports. As carefree as being a kid is supposed to be, from their perspective it can sometimes seem like the world is working against them.

Learning the skills to manage stress – to take that deep breath before reacting to a situation – may help your kids feel better, and handle situations in a positive way.

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It’s Your Turn

What would you like to learn about?

With summer drawing to a close, so too is our Summertime Blog Giveaway series. We’ve truly enjoyed hearing from you, and learning some of the tips, tricks and suggestions that have worked within your own families. That’s why this week, we’d like to turn things over to you.

What are topics that you would like to learn more about?

We’re looking ahead to the fall, and dare we say it – winter. And, we’d love to hear your suggestions for future topics. Wondering how to help your new teen deal with the challenges of being, well, a teen (or needing help to keep your sanity while living with a teen)? Always on the lookout for healthy family meal recipes? Wanting tips for ways to help the entire family manage stress? Or even, looking for resources to help negotiate the challenges when a loved one has a chronic illness?

Whatever topics you would like to hear more about, let us know in the comments. We’ll ask our experts to weigh in and offer suggestions for helping you create a healthy environment for your family.

Going Back to School: Beyond the A, B, C’s

Parent Children Homework

While in some states kids have already gone back to school, here in Wisconsin, most can soak up those last few days of freedom until after Labor Day.

But, after a few months of being on a more relaxed routine, how do you help kids get back on track before that first bell rings?

Get Back in a Sleep Routine

Enjoying the longer days may have translated into late bedtimes. Help make the first few days of school easier by starting to transition kids a few weeks before school Read more

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

There’s a cute new parody children’s book “Goodnight iPad,” begins like this:

“In the bright buzzing room, there was a iPad, and a kid playing Doom, and a screensaver of a bird launching over the moon…”

Parents in the know will get a chuckle out of the 21st century homage to the classic children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.” But for many of my young patients who struggle to get a good night’s sleep, the parody is unfortunately too close to reality.

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