Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars for Toddlers + Kids
These On-The-Go Granola Bars are a great healthy snack for toddlers + kids that are packaged and ready to pack into a school lunch, in a backpack for an after school snack or in your purse for a playdate treat. They are easy to make and require no baking!
Healthy On-the-go granola bars
Homemade granola bars are a hot commodity in my house!
My kids love them for a sweet snack. My husband takes one to his office everyday. And I tend to grab one after a workout or before school pick-up.
We can go through a ton of granola bars in a week!
And while I LOVE nothing more than a nice batch of homemade granola bars, the two things that always bug me about most homemade granola bars – the mess and the inconvenience!
Let’s be honest, unless you load your homemade granola bars with excess sugar and oils, they are going to tend to get a little crumbly. And kids, at least my kids, and crumbly granola bars don’t mix too well together.
And since we are always on-the-go with our snacks – I have to cut the granola bars and then wrap the in saran wrap or put them in a baggie, which are both a pain and totally not eco-friendly.
Enter – the best homemade on-the-go granola bars!
Individually wrapped (great for portion control:) granola bars you can keep in the fridge for when you need to grab one for a quick healthy snack for your toddler or kid, pack in a school lunch, toss in a backpack for an afternoon snack or into your purse for your toddlers playtime snack.
These liners can also be composted for easy and eco-friendly packaging!
Reasons to Love these healthy snacks for toddlers + Kids:
- Soft and chewy
- Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free
- Easy for on-the-go fun
- Can use family’s favorite nuts or add-ins
- Good amount of protein
- Just the right amount of sweetness
- Easy to make – 15 minutes of hands-on-time
- Tulip muffin liners are compostable for eco-friendly packaging
How To Make these on-the-go granola bars:
- Combine the oats, rice crispy cereal, shredded coconut and chopped nuts.
- Gently heat the peanut butter, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and salt and whisk together.
- Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture until combined.
- Let cool.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop the granola mixture into tulip muffin liners.
- Press down to make granola bars.
- Put the muffin tin in the fridge and let them chill for 2 hours.
- Fold the excess tulip muffin liner around the granola bars and secure with washi tape or a sticker.
COOKING WITH KIDS
You can easily have your kids help you make these granola bars.
- Toddlers can help measure out the ingredients.
- They can help to mix everything together.
- Toddlers can help put the granola mixture into the muffin liners
- With help, they can place the tin into the fridge.
- You can pretty much let older kids make this recipe by themselves.
- They can pick out and measure all of the ingredients.
- Kids can mix the ingredients together.
- Kids can put the granola mixture into the tin and place into the fridge to set.
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- Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars
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Get the recipe: On-The-Go Granola Bars
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal, I used organic rice crispies
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup agave necter
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- Line a muffin tin with 12 tulip muffin liners (see notes below)
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, rice cereal, chopped nuts and shredded coconut.
- In a microwave safe bowl or cup, add in the peanut butter, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until ingredients are just heated and can easily be whisked together. Whisk until creamy.
- Pour peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and stir until combined. Let sit until cool to touch. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined.
- Scoop the granola mixture evenly into the muffin cups. Press down on each granola bar until firm.
- Place the muffin tin in the fridge for 2 hours or more. This will make it easier to wrap the granola bars.
- Take a granola bar with the wrapper and starting in one spot, fold over each section of the tulip mufifn liner towards the center. When the granola bar is completely wrapped you can use a sticker or a piece of washi tape to hold the liner together.
- Place all of the wrapped granola bars into an air-tight container or plastic baggie into the fridge.
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15 Comments on “Healthy On-The-Go Granola Bars for Toddlers + Kids”
I love this! Can I substitute the agave nectar and coconut oil with something else?
You could try maple syrup, honey or brown rice syrup instead of the agave nectar. You could try any oil that your prefer or just leave it out completely. I haven’t tried any other form of syrup, so if you do please let us know how they turned out.
This recipe was so simple but so godd not only for toddlers but grown ups too!! Made them for my Grandson but his father ate them all!!
Haha! Love that the entire family loved them;)
We made them with honey today. I can’t compare to agave, but these were totally delicious! We also used silicone baking cups and they popped out after they were chilled just fine.
Michele, I’m assuming there’s no reason why I couldn’t freeze some of them?
So glad the honey worked and you enjoyed them!
Do you think they will freeze ok?
I haven’t tried before. If you try it, please let us know how they freeze. Thanks!
I just found this webpage after running out of food ideas for my kids. Thank the Lord you came to the rescue. I just made these this morning with maple syrup and they were so incredibly good. I can’t wait to try a cranberry walnut variation. So many ideas! Thank you!
So glad you are here! If you need more ideas for your kids then check out these roundup posts – dinner ideas, snack ideas, smoothie recipes, muffins and lunches!
I love this recipe. The only problem is that the granola doesn’t stay together and falls apart making it a messy treat. That is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Do you have any suggestions on how to remedy this?
Thanks for reaching out. I have found that with any homemade granola bars, you really have to press the granola mixture into the pan or cupcake liners. I put a little spray oil on my hands and really press down. And then let them sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours to firm up. This really helps them bind together. Hope this helps.
I made these several times now and I love it! I originally made them for my toddlers but I love them too and also pack them for my husbands lunch 😁.
I’m just wondering if I do something wrong because if they stay out of the fridge for a while, they get crumbly.
If I have them in the fridge and consume them shortly after taking them out, they are completely fine.
Thanks in advance 🙂
Love the recipe
So happy to hear that the entire family loves these granola bars! Yes, these stay together the best right out of the fridge. This is because we are using only natural ingredients and not baking them. There are a few baked granola bar recipes on this site that will hope up better for traveling. I hope this helps.