Granola bars are practically their own food group in my house. Two nights a week, I have a granola bar and a piece of fruit for dinner. Sound like I’m skimping on nutrition? Take a look at my homemade granola bars here. Packed with fruits, nuts and whole grains, I have no doubt that I’m eating nutritious food – and they’re good!
I originally began the hunt for a good homemade granola bar recipe because the store-bought variety wasn’t meeting my nutrition standards. Since then I’ve found both a delicious recipe, and a store-bought brand that nearly all fruits, nuts and whole grains too. What’s a gal to do? Let the food war begin!
Nutrition & Ingredients: If I had to buy a granola bar, I’d choose Kashi-brand. My homemade bar is probably most like their trail mix variety and here is the nutrition label.
There are a few things listed that I’m not entirely sure what they are (brown rice syrup? soy protein isolate? vegetable glycerin? soy lecithin?), but Kashi promises no hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup or anything artificial, so we’ll trust that for now.
Price: I can get a 6-ct box of the trail mix bars (any variety) for $3 locally. This is about $.50 per bar.
Taste: These are good! I wouldn’t buy them if they tasted terrible, lol.
Nutrition & Ingredients: Here is the ingredient list for my homemade granola bars:
dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried prunes, sweetened flaked coconut, dried dates, almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, ground flax seed, wheat germ, old fashioned oats, sweetened condesned milk
I know exactly what is in my bars, and I’m completely ok with fruits, nuts, seeds, oats and a little bit of milk. I also like being able to change the ingredients based on the flavor I’m trying to achieve, or based on what I have in the pantry.
The homemade version has more calories, slightly more fiber and nearly the same protein. There’s also more sugar, but I believe that could be reduced a little by modifying the type of fruit (raisins instead of cranberries, using unsweetened coconut, etc.).
Price: This recipe costs $8.58 and makes 16 bars. This is $0.53 per bar.
Taste: These are good too, otherwise I wouldn’t have shared the recipe with you guys, lol!!
THE RESULTS: HOMEMADE
I’ve been eating my homemade version for a few weeks now and I’ve been enjoying them immensely. I had my first store-bought granola bar last night since I finished my homemade batch and honestly, I prefer the homemade version. It feels heartier and packed more with nutrition, and I feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck.
What other foods should be considered for Battle of the Foods?
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