This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glutino.
All opinions are 100% mine.
As I’ve said before, I love to make homemade protein bars and energy bars. They are easy to make, keep super well, and are deliciously satisfying for breakfast or as a snack on the go. Deciding to make homemade bars also helps my family to save money and cut back on unnecessary ingredients in our diet.
I recently made a batch of these Safari Energy Bars that are fun and healthy for kids to enjoy. They are a great after-school snack that you will feel good about giving your kids. Another great thing about this recipe is that there aren’t too many ingredients, or artificial/ overly processed ingredients for that matter! It includes oats, dried fruit, nuts, natural peanut butter, honey, and a special addition of Glutino Animal Crackers. What kid doesn’t love animal crackers?
Thanks to Glutino, I was immediately brought back to my childhood when I tried their new animal crackers. I have always loved animal crackers and am super excited that Glutino has created a couple different versions of these gluten free goodies for people with Celiac or gluten intolerance. There is a Graham flavor (which I used in this recipe) and a original flavor that is just as good! It’s hard to resist these sweet and adorable cookies that everyone loved as a kid. They are the perfect addition to my Safari Energy Bars for a salty-sweet snack on the go.
To start, Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, place 2 cups of oats and 1/2 cup of golden raisins. Next, I roughly chop 1 cup of mixed nuts and add to the bowl. (I prefer to chop the nuts myself instead of buying slivered almonds or already chopped nuts. They are typically more expensive if you buy them already chopped.) For this recipe I decided to go with the Graham flavored Animal Crackers because I like the hint of cinnamon it gives to the energy bars. Break approximately 1 cup of the animal crackers into smaller pieces and add to the bowl. Stir in 1 cup natural peanut butter, 1/2 cup honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted). If you want to make this recipe completely vegan friendly, you can substitute the honey for agave nectar. Make sure all the dry ingredients get well coated with the wet ingredients. In a prepared square baking dish (approximately 9×9 inch), pour in the mixture and press down firmly to compact all the ingredients. Bake for approximately 7-10 minutes, depending on your oven. Once you have a slightly brown color to your energy bars, remove from oven and let cool before cutting.
These are always a hit with kids (or for those adults looking for a dose of nostalgia)! You can’t go wrong when you combine easy, healthy and fun into a recipe to share with family and friends. ENJOY!
- 2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup mixed nuts - chopped
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 cup Glutino Animal Crackers (Graham Flavored)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil - melted
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, place oats and golden raisins.
- Roughly chop 1 cup of mixed nuts; add to bowl.
- Break animal crackers into smaller pieces; add to bowl.
- Stir in peanut butter, honey, vanilla and coconut oil. Mix well.
- In a prepared square baking dish (approximately 9x9 inch), pour in mixture and press down.
- Bake for approximately 7-10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool.