These granola squares are one of the simplest things you can make for your kids’ school snacks. But don’t let the simplicity of the recipe make you think they’re just your average granola bars. They’re not. They’re delicious and they can be as healthy as you want them to be since you control what the add-ins are. They’re a regular on the rotation here, and I think the reason for their popularity (other than so tasty!) is that they are different every single time I make them.
Like I said above, you control what the dried fruit, nut, and seed combo will be. So if you want to go all nuts, go for it! All dried fruit? Sure! A mix of the two? Yes! Every time you make these simple granola squares, the end result can be different. But always just as delicious. The combination possibilities are endless!
In the squares pictured here, I used dark chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut, raisins, and cranberries for my add-ins.
Some of the popular add-ins around here include:
- slivered almonds
- dark chocolate chips
- dried cranberries
- shredded unsweetened coconut
- hemp hearts
- sunflower seeds
And those are just a few examples. Whatever you do choose to add in, just make sure the combination equals 1 cup.
Because our school is a nut-free school, I save the nut versions for at-home snacks. The nut-free versions become the school snacks!
Once you make these and see how easy they are (and how fast they are devoured!) I’m pretty sure you will never got back to buying granola bars at the grocery store again.
If you try these simple granola squares, tell me in the comments what add-ins you used. Even better, tag me on Instagram (@delightfuladventures) with a picture of your creation, I’d love to see what you came up with!
If you’re looking for more school snack ideas, check out these recipes:
- Bite-Size Brownies
- Easy Kale Chips
- Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Old Fashioned Cake Doughnut Mini Muffins
- Vegan Chocolate Banana Bread
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How to Make Simple Granola Squares
Vegan, gluten free, and quick. The add-ins for these delicious and simple granola squares can be customized to suit what you and your kids prefer.
- 1 1/3 cups rolled oats , divided (not instant, gluten-free if needed)
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons whole flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- a pinch of fine sea salt
- 1 cup of any combination of add-ins (see note below)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Line an 8” square baking dish with parchment paper. Let a bit of excess paper hang over the sides to serve as handles (see image above).
Grind 1/3 cup of the oats in a food processor. Add it to a large mixing bowl.
Add the remaining oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, whole flax seeds, ground flax seeds, salt, and add-ins.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup, and brown rice syrup.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix well until all the dry ingredients have been coated.
Put the mixture in the prepared pan and smooth out the top with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15 minutes.
Using parchment paper handles, remove and place onto a cutting board.
Cut into individual squares. Depending on how big you want the squares, you can go for either 12 or 16 squares.
- See above for some add-in suggestions...whatever combo you do choose, make sure it all adds up to 1 cup.
- Calorie count is for 1 of 12 squares with 1/4 cup each of dark chocolate chips, shredded unsweetened coconut, raisins, and cranberries. Calorie count will vary depending on the add-ins you use.
Adapted from Homemade Granola Bars