It has been a busy week for us.
Between moving in to our London house, cross country try-outs, and school preparations, our days have been filled up!
And by school prep we don’t mean buying school supplies and filling up binders with paper. No, we spent all of 10 minutes doing that! Nope, school prep for us means making meals to put in the freezer, and more importantly, making snacks!
Busy schedules require quick and easy snacks that can be thrown in lunches on the fly, so that’s what we’ve been working on this week.
And what a successful week it has been!
Friends, we have made some of the yummiest (and probably healthiest!) granola bars ever. Yup, ever.
The secret ingredient? Lentils!
Yes, lentils! They make these granola bars extra-chewy and very hearty! Not to mention give them a boost in protein and fibre 🙂
And you know what else is so great about these granola bars? They don’t fall apart! It doesn’t matter how delicious a granola bar is, if it crumbles apart in your hands, then it’s not gonna work packed in lunches. Crumbled on top of yogurt? Yes. But not for a grab-and-go snack.
Full of chopped almonds, oats, and just a hint of sweetness from chocolate chips, these are incredible. As a matter of fact, we may just have to make another batch of them, because the first ones may be gone by the weekend 😉
Chocolate Chip Lentil Granola Bars
Prep: 30 min
Bake Time: 30 min
Makes: 8 bars
1/2 c. dry red lentils
1 c. water
1.5 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. whole wheat flour (or any flour!)
1/4 c. ground flax seeds
1/2 c. honey (or other liquid sweetener)
2 tbsp whole flax seeds
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp coconut oil (or other oil)
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 c. roughly chopped almonds
1/4 c. chocolate chips
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Bring lentils and water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for 25 minutes. Drain of any excess liquid.
Preheat the oven to 350C
Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until everything is evenly combined. Dump mixture into a lined and greased 8×8 inch pan, and bake for 30 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned and the bars feel firm to the touch. Allow to cool slightly before cutting them into bars.
What are some grab-and-go snacks that you like to have on hand?