Trash Free Lunch ~ Ultimate Granola Bars
Trash Free Lunch
As the kids head back to school see if you can make a goal to send them to school with a trash free lunch. At first it seems like a lot of effort, but with a few essential “tools” it is quite easy. Here are the basics you need for a trash free lunch:
- reusable lunch bag
- reusable water bottle
- fabric sandwich bags (Snack Taxis are my favorite)
- fabric snack bags (Etsy has a great selection of handmade ones. I like Playful Peanut.)
- cloth napkins
- stainless steel thermos (Amazon)
** Caring for the fabric snack and sandwich bags is quite easy. Turn them inside out and wash with warm, soapy water. Place around a water bottle to air dry. You can also place in the top rack of the dishwasher. I have even washed my snack bags in the washer. Do not put in the dryer.
** Be sure to check out this week’s recipe for homemade granola bars!
Ultimate Granola Bars
- 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
- ¼ raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1/8 cup of chia seeds
- ¼ cup almond meal
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup honey (or mixture of honey and maple syrup)
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ¼ cup of add ins: mini chocolate chips, dried (unsweetened fruit), coconut–these are optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a food processor combine rolled oats, pepitas, and sunflower seeds. Pulse approximately 10 times, just enough to break into smaller, coarse pieces. You do not want it powdery.
- Transfer oats and seeds to a large bowl. Add hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond meal, and salt. Mix together.
- In a glass measuring cup add almond butter, honey, and vanilla. Mix well. If necessary microwave a few seconds to loosen the honey and almond butter.
- Pour almond butter mixture over oats and stir.
- Place into a greased or parchment paper lined 8 x 8 baking dish.
- Bake at 350° for 25 minutes.
- Cool completely. **
- Cut into bars.
- Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
** Helpful tip: If you refrigerate the bars for an hour they will cut much easier and be less likely to fall apart.