The kids want to find chocolate bars in their lunchboxes and you want to pack healthy snacks. Meet in the middle with this wholesome sweet treat that will satisfy a sweet tooth but still has tons of nutrition. You don’t even have to turn on the stove or oven to make Cherry Chocolate Almond No-Bake Granola Bars.
Cherry Chocolate Almond No-Bake Granola Bars
I cannot stand the sound of my voice. It’s bad, people. When my sister was little she used to love to watch home movies, and I had to leave the room. Back in my Corporate America days, I loved taking vacations but hated that I had to leave an out-of-office message on my voicemail because I had to listen to it to make sure I didn’t totally flub it up. I actually made my husband do the outgoing message on our answering machine because I am the one that works from home and if I had to hear my voice every time the phone rang (no, we do not ever pick up the house phone. Yes, we are those people who have a house phone but don’t use it.) I might go out of my mind.
But there is something that I am passionate about – school lunches. I mean, you’ve seen #BugsLunchbox on Instagram, right? They’re not fancy, but they are real and yummy and varied and usually at least fairly healthy. So when my friend Michelle from Find Your Balance asked me to come chat on her Food Rant podcast about packing lunches, I had to put on my big girl pants and get over it because I want every mom and dad to know that lunchboxes can be more interesting than a ham sandwich and a pudding cup, but don’t require you to have a degree in fine arts to make the food look like Pokemon or a Monet painting.
OK, so maybe I’m still just taking my big girl pants out of the closet and haven’t quite put them on yet because I haven’t listened to the entire episode myself yet (cut me some slack – she only posted it last night and I’ve been busy today!). But I’m going to be brave and tell all of you to head on over and give it a listen. If lunchboxes aren’t your thing, we also talk about blogging, evolving from career woman to stay-at-home mom to entrepreneur, and we reminisce about our days in Girl Scouts together. So whether those topics interest you or you are just curious what I sound like, give a listen and let me know your thoughts.
Speaking of lunchboxes, you know these have already made an appearance in #BugsLunchbox, and most certainly will again…
These Cherry Chocolate Almond No-Bake Granola Bars couldn’t be easier. Mix up some dry ingredients, mix up some wet ingredients, stir them together, and press into a pan. Let them firm up overnight and you’ve got a simple lunchbox snack the kids will devour. And you’ll be happy to let them snack away because all of the ingredients are wholesome and nutritious – oats, almond butter, flax, all kinds of good stuff. OK, you caught me, there are some chocolate chips, but I always mention that with mini chips, a little go a long way. You can be Supermom for giving your kids a chocolaty treat, but since the chips are so small, they scatter around and pack a big punch. Or just leave them out and stick with just the cocoa powder for that chocolate flavor. It’s all good. I won’t tell. I have been know to sneak zucchini and cauliflower into my kids tummies!
So make this Cherry Chocolate Almond No-Bake Granola Bars recipe, and grab one to snack on while you listen to all my thoughts on lunchboxes and food blogs.
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Cherry Chocolate Almond No-Bake Granola Bars
An easy recipe for a healthy snack to pack in a lunchbox that will also satisfy a sweet tooth. Gluten free and dairy free.
- Line an 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper, allowing the paper to hang over the edges.
- In a large bowl, toss together the oats, flax, almonds, dried cherries, and chocolate chips.
- In another small bowl, stir together the almond butter, honey, salt, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder until smooth.
- Pour the almond butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Add additional honey if the mixture looks dry.
- Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight until completely firm.
- Using the parchment paper, lift the entire thing out of the pan. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container. Can be kept at room temperature once cut, but they will stay more firm if kept in the refrigerator.
Enjoy this Cherry Chocolate Almond No-Bake Granola Bars recipe!
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