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Quick Granola Bars

Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.
Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine. This will not come as a shock to anyone who knows me in real life…I am not a morning person. I am a night owl. I can stay up half the night and then would love to sleep half the morning away. Of course, I get up and do what needs to be done each day, but I am not a fan. The worst was when I had to be at work at 5:30 am. Yes, BE AT WORK at 5:30 am. I shudder remembering that.

My daughter also loves her sleep. She still requires 10-12 hours each night. That can make mornings rough. For her to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before school each morning requires getting her to bed between 6:30 to 7 pm. I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult this normally is. Those nights she doesn’t get to bed until 8, or worse yet, even later, the next morning is, quite simply put, a nightmare.

Those mornings are hurried, frantic, and not how we should be starting the day. Breakfast, being the most important meal of the day, is often inhaled or abbreviated. This is so bad.Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.

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I’ve been trying to find ways to get the biggest amount of nutrition packed into the most convenient form possible. While I was at Sam’s Club on the cereal aisle, I saw Carnation Breakfast Essentials®. I decided to pick up a box. I had the choice between French Vanilla and Chocolate. I opted to go with French Vanilla because I could always add cocoa to make it chocolate, but the French Vanilla gave me a bit more versatility. Making the instant breakfast the traditional way would be fine, but I love playing with products, so I knew I’d try turning it into something else.Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.Enter my quick granola bars. I originally wanted to make something a bit more cake-y, but when I thought of convenience and portability, granola bars were the way to go. Elizabeth joined me in the kitchen while I was putting these together and saw all her favorite things going in, so I knew before she even sampled them that she was going to love them. She wanted to help, so I let her add the ingredients as I measured them out. She helped mix the ‘dough’ (batter, mixture, what is it called?) and then helped press it into the pan.

After they cooled, I had no choice to shave one down so she could try it before I photographed it. She LOVED them. There are very few things my daughter LOVES with great enthusiasm, food wise. Meatballs (she is my girl after all), Indian food, sour candies, berries, and now these bars. I know these bars are going to help us get into a better breakfast routine, even if it’s just getting more nutrition per bite.

Part of my new routine to a better morning is getting things ready the night before like her clothes and book-bag. We also decide on her breakfast and get as much of it ready as possible. I also get my coffee prepared and timer set. These are all little things, but they have a huge impact on how smooth our mornings go. The convenience of these Quick Granola Bars are going to make our mornings even smoother.Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.

Easy Granola Bars

Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds , roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 pkg Carnation Breakfast Essentials®-Classic French Vanilla (2/3 cup)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup orange honey

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the oats, almonds, cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt, if using and Carnation Breakfast Essentials®. Toss together until fully mixed.
  2. Add the vanilla, almond milk, and honey, stir until combined, it will look wet and sticky but not overly saturated.
  3. Spoon into a 9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper and press down until the entire pan is covered and there are no holes.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated 350° for about 25 minutes, but start checking at 20, as they start to brown.
  5. When cooked, removed from pan via the parchment paper and allow to cool completely before cutting. Cut into 8 bars.

Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.

Quick Granola Bars ~ Easy to make granola bars loaded with dried cranberries, raisins, sunflower seeds, and almonds to ease your morning breakfast routine.

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57 Comments

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 8, 2016 at 4:41 am

    What a great way to pack in the nutrients to a quick breakfast!! Those sound like a wonderful option!

  • Reply
    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    February 8, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Haha I love that she couldn’t wait for you to photograph them before trying them! I don’t blame her, they look great!

  • Reply
    Christie
    February 8, 2016 at 5:52 am

    No one in my house is a morning person either. I have to have a plan for breakfast the night before. These bars sound perfect.

  • Reply
    Marye
    February 8, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I Love granola bars, especially homemade. They make wonderful grab and go snacks!

  • Reply
    Sandi (@fearless_dining)
    February 8, 2016 at 11:32 am

    What a handy healthy snack. I love this idea.

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com
    February 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    These bars look so good! I’ve never thought of adding the Carnation Breakfast powder, that’s clever!

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      February 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Thank you Michelle. I like the packets have a lot of vitamins in them.

  • Reply
    Katerina @ Diethood
    February 8, 2016 at 11:56 am

    These granola bars sound so good! I’d like to skip dinner and just have a few of these!!

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    LydiaF
    February 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    What a clever use of the Carnation Instant Breakfast to add some extra nutrition to your granola bars. Great way to empty out the cabinet of all the little bits of nuts and dried fruits, too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Diana Rambles
    February 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    So quick & easy to make. YUMMED!

  • Reply
    TidyMom
    February 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I’m totally the opposite……I’m a morning person all the way, and I’m pretty worthless after 8pm 😉 these granola bars sound fabulous

  • Reply
    Kallee
    February 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    They look amazing. What a great thing to grab in the morning

  • Reply
    Virginia Carpenter
    February 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    It would be nice if the recipe included the fiber content for us that follow an Atkinson diet. If I missed it I apologize

  • Reply
    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie
    February 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    What a great healthy snack for on the go, breakfast and just anytime.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      February 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Yes, something I feel good about snacking on or giving to my daughter.

  • Reply
    Erin
    February 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I am totally not a morning person! Two of my kids have to get the bus at 6:45! Painful! I never thought about using instant breakfast in cooking! Interesting idea.

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    February 8, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    These look terrific and I never would have thought to include Breakfast Essentials, how clever!

  • Reply
    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    February 8, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Ha, I’m the total opposite – I’m more of a morning person, going to bed at 9 and waking up at 6 – BUT, I still don’t have a lot of motivation to make breakfast. These granola will go perfect with my morning coffee 😀

  • Reply
    Megan Keno
    February 8, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    What a great snack to bring to school or work!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    February 9, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I love that your recipe doesn’t use peanut butter to hold them together! I bet there are a ton of mix in ideas that could work really well. I can’t wait to try these.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      February 9, 2016 at 10:42 am

      The possibilities are endless. Any odds and ends you have in the house could be tossed in.

  • Reply
    Emily @ Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt
    February 9, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I’ve always wanted to try homemade granola bars and these look so delicious! Pinning now!

  • Reply
    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen
    February 9, 2016 at 10:20 am

    These are perfect to have on hand as an after school snack. Love!

  • Reply
    Michelle | A Latte Food
    February 9, 2016 at 10:29 am

    These are so fun! Love homemade granola bars!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    February 9, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Pinned this! Healthy breakfast that I can eat everyday.

  • Reply
    Cami @ The Crafting Nook
    February 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    This looks so delicious.I would have never thought of adding the Breakfast essentials in a granola bar. That definitely makes it even healthier and a lot more nutritive! Love this!
    Hugs

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    Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper
    February 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    My kids love granola bars but I hate buying them because they don’t last long. I need to try to make some, and after scanning the ingredients you posted, I think I have everything I need! Thanks!

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    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    February 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Granola bars are such a great snack, and I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making them for the longest time! Thanks for the recipe, Michelle!

  • Reply
    Dru
    February 9, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    These look yummy and perfect to grab and go in the morning. Thanks.

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    February 12, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Granola bars are always my favorite snack to carry around I always collect granola recipes and yours is going into my recipe book.

  • Reply
    Theresa Sutton
    February 16, 2016 at 5:38 am

    These look insanely yum! So quick and simple. I will actually try to make them. Thanks for sharing!

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