Some days are so jam-packed, sitting down to a meal in the middle of the day just isn’t practical. The vending machine is always one option, but it can be costly, and even healthy ones have pretty limited choices. Plus, a “healthy” label slapped onto a processed food is kind of confusing. Individually wrapped granola bars might seem like the only solution, but some of them taste like cardboard. And at around $5 per box, they’re hardly a bargain. Armed with a few simple ingredients and some basic kitchen equipment, granola bar victory can be yours with one of these delicious recipes. We’ve covered everything from decadence to convenience, so all you have to do is decide which of these granola bar recipes to make first.
1. Cranberry Pistachio Granola Bars
Most granola bars from the store have absurdly long ingredient lists. That seems silly when these snacks deliver even more flavor using just eight ingredients. Also, good luck finding a packaged bar featuring pistachios. For these delectable snacks, Julie Chiou decided to combine her favorite trail mix ingredients into something a little bit easier to eat.
The combination of nuts and dried fruit doesn’t just taste great — it’s good for you, too. Chiou says, “They’re a great snack to have during the day when the craving for something sweet or something not so good for you hits.” And they’re not just for the office. Portability is the name of the game with these treats. “Whip up a batch and put them into snack bags to bring to the beach, on a plane, or to the pool,” Chiou says. These beat airline peanuts any day.
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