So — I’m a little late to the Valentine’s Day game. Two sick kids and an out-of-town hubbie will do that to ya.
But, any good parent knows that heart shapes are a crowd-pleaser any time. And a quick grab-and-go snack for kids that’s healthy and easy to make? A definite mom-pleaser.
I’ve had this silicone tray for years; it was part of a two-pack found in the Target Dollar Spot section and have used it for ice cubes, smoothie bites, and even as a muffin tin snack tray. I’ve made homemade granola bars before (this recipe from Minimalist Baker is a favorite) but wanted a nut butter-free version this time.
I came across this version from Bowl of Delicious. I think I’ve found my new favorite granola bar recipe. It’s ridiculously easy, quick, and very, very versatile. The best part? No firing up the oven, which means you can spoon these into any shape you’ve got on hand.
Ingredients (adapted from Bowl of Delicious to be super-easy)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts and/or seeds (I used chopped almonds, cashews, and hemp hearts)
1 cup chopped dried fruits (optional)
1. Melt coconut oil, honey, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. When the mixture starts to bubble and foam, adjust the heat to low and add the oats and nuts/seeds.
3. Stir to coat; fold in the chopped dried fruit if using.
4. Cook on low for a couple minutes, stirring to distribute the ingredients.
5. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap–note that this step is unnecessary if using a silicone mold.
6. Use your hands or a flat surface to pack the granola tightly into your mold. If using small shapes like mine, use the back of a small measuring spoon.
7. Bring to room temperature and store in the fridge for at least two hours, preferably overnight.
8. Remove the granola block if using a baking dish and cut into bars, or simply pop out of your silicone molds.
You can store these at room temperature for a few days, or in the fridge for two weeks–perfect for throwing into the lunchbox, to top some yogurt, or to feed the kids as a mini breakfast while you catch a few more minutes of precious sleep!