Snacks to Go!

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About this time every year, we load the kids up and hit the road for a good ol’ family vacation. Unfortunately, that usually means 4-8 hours in the car with little passengers who like to be entertained with movies and—you guessed it—SNACKS! This year, I vowed to go the healthy route, and my sister provided me with this great recipe to keep everyone happy, healthy…and NOT hangry. (Yes. That’s a real condition.)

Homemade Granola Bars

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3 cups rolled oats
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 cup raisins
1 cup craisins
¼ cup melted butter
14 oz. condensed milk

Mix together dry ingredients and add melted butter and condensed milk. Spoon mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (a little longer if you like them crunchy). Let cool for 15-20 minutes and then cut into small squares to enjoy!

The best part? You can change up the ingredients—I don’t care for raisins, so I leave those out and it doesn’t affect the baking process. Get creative with it!

Other helpful hints for road trip snacks

I can’t take credit for these, but we are going on another road trip later this summer…and I can’t wait to try them!

  • Celery to go! Cut down celery stalks to about the height of a peanut butter jar. Take the peanut butter jar (I prefer crunchy!) and scoop out half of the peanut butter. Save it in another container, and place the celery stalks in the jar with peanut butter on the bottom, screw the lid closed and there you have it—celery and peanut butter in a neat and tidy to-go package!
  • Munchie necklace For younger travelers (that can eat the snacks), take a piece of thin ribbon (about 24 inches long) and string mini pretzels and O-type cereal pieces onto it. Tie it into a necklace, place it around their neck and let them enjoy the snacks…without asking you for them every 30 seconds! 😉

Enjoy!

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