Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The “Snack” That Eats Like Homemade Bread

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Quaker Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

I think it has been fairly well-documented throughout my blog that I am an official “snacker” of the highest degree. If there was a medal for snacking…I think I would receive high honors. :-)

I’ve said before….and I’ll say it again…I would much rather eat 5-6 (or more?) snacks throughout the day than 3 big meals. It makes me happier to eat this way…and it makes me feel better too.  Anyway….enough about my eating habits.

One of my “snacks” of the day….the breakfast snack…is sometimes challenging.  Since I’m STARVING when I wake up, I want something FAIRLY filling….but a big bacon and eggs or pancake breakfast is just not going to happen. That would put me back to sleep immediately. :-)

So I often find myself turning to granola bars. I personally am a BIG FAN of granola bars. But for the LIFE of me…I have NOT been able to convince my family of their awesomeness! Not ONE other person in this house will eat the granola bars I bring home….until now.


Of course I can’t really call these “granola” bars…they’re more like a warm piece of sweet bread (that I don’t have to bake)! I am talking about this delicious little morsel called a Quaker Soft Baked Bar.

We received a box of the Cinnamon Pecan Bread Bars and the Banana Nut Bread Bars to try this week and the hubster and I were hard-pressed to save any for the kids to try! :-)

We both tried one of each and honestly had a hard time choosing which one we liked best. (Hubster was leaning towards the Banana Nut Bread and I was ever-so-slightly swayed more in the direction of the Cinnamon Pecan Bread.)

But as soon as we realized these babies could be microwaved for a few seconds and THEN eaten…we were in heaven!  And all thoughts of choosing a favorite went out the window! They are both DELICIOUS!


It’s amazing how just those few seconds in the microwave elevate these snacks from good to YUM status.

Oh….and did I mention they are a wholesome food too? Each bar contains 140 calories; 5 grams of fiber; 6 grams of protein and are an excellent source of 5 B-vitamins.  Tasty AND nutritious!

But don’t tell my boys that. I actually got them to try one and they are hooked too! We’ll just keep the “wholesome and nutritious” part our little secret. :-)

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7 thoughts on “The “Snack” That Eats Like Homemade Bread

  1. Jamie

    I used to love granola bars…so much so that I started making my own. I know what’s in them and they’re delish and easy to make. I tried one of the boxed bars that I use to love and it totally tasted like cardboard. EWW! I’ve also come to love chia seeds. Those are a great addition to any diet. I add them to yogurt and also throw in some pumpkin & flax seed granola cereal (kinda like the yogurt thing form McDonald’s) and…breakfast is served. Pretty filling and great for you. I usually have that and a granola bar and I’m ready for the day. I hate to eat anything to heavy in the morning. Seems to drag me down.

    And here’s my granola bar recipe in case anyone is interested:

    Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Gather your ingredients:

    2 cups oats
    3/4 cup wheat germ or flax seed meal (whole ground) I didn’t have either so I used ground up oats.
    3/4 cup sunflower seeds I used sunflower and pumpkin (pepitas) seeds to make 3/4 cup.
    1 cup nuts, crushed or chopped I used a mix of almonds, cashews and peanuts.
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup honey
    4 Tbsp butter
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp Kosher salt
    approximately 8 oz. dried fruit and/or nut mixture For the fruit I used a combo of pineapple, coconut, raisins, papaya, mango, banana chips and dried cranberries.
    I also added about 3 Tbl chia seeds and about 1/3 cup flax seeds.
    See my note below (at bottom of recipe)

    Then, mix the nuts, oats, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds in a baking dish with sides. Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes so that they don’t get burned.

    Meanwhile, prepare a glass baking dish (about 11 x 13 inches) for your granola by lining it with waxed paper (or parchment paper) lightly sprayed with a nonstick spray.

    Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.

    By now, your grains and nuts should be toasted, so mix everything together in a large bowl; the grains, the liquid “glue,” and the dried fruit. Oh, and turn off your oven, because you’re finished with it now.

    Mix everything REALLY WELL because you want to make sure the “glue” gets all over everything. Now, dump your granola mixture into your prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula. Now fold over the sides of the waxed paper or add a sheet on top, and PRESS HARD all over the granola. You want to compact it together so that your bars won’t fall apart when you cut them. Wait 2-3 hours or until the granola has totally cooled. Take out of pan, flip over and cut into serving sizes.

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    1. Amanda

      I made these Sunday night – what a hit! I’ve made many different types of granola bars and these are by far everyone’s favorite. I liked it’s versatility. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Katie

    These look delicious! I’m always looking for a fast and easy breakfast treat, especially during the school year when I’m running off to work! I can’t wait to pick these up on my next grocery trip :)

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    1. Jillee Post author

      I am almost neurotic about keeping a snack in my purse at all times. One never knows when one will desperately need a snack and there won’t be one around! :-) These are perfect for that!

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  3. Daniel Nacatome

    My family and I used to live on Nature Valley Bars (peanut butter was my #1) until I found out that they are actually loaded with suger and overall not that great for you. Been looking for something I can grab and go without having to sacrifice the taste I am looking for. Thinking the Banana flavor is right up my alley…definitely need to pick up a box next time I am at the store.

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