These no-bake chocolate whole grain snack bars are not only kid-approved, but also jam-packed full of nutrition, too!
*This post was written in partnership with my friends at Kellogg®. As always, all opinions are my own!
It’s back to school time, and we’re in major lunch-packing mode in our house. We have two kids in school this year, so we’re busy stocking up on handy lunch-packing supplies, making nutritious lunchbox-safe snacks, batch cooking for busy weeknight suppers, and gearing up for a busy and fun year ahead.
I make sure that they always contain enough fibre and protein – two nutrients that help my kids stay fuller longer and help them to concentrate and focus. I always try to include nutrient-packed ingredients like Greek yogurt, beans, lentils, oats, chia seeds, high fibre cereals and nut or seed butters.
In this snack bar recipe, I used Kellogg’s new All-Bran® Multi-Grain Crunch CerealTM as the base. We go through boxes and boxes of this cereal, not only because it’s delicious (and my kids LOVE it), but also because it’s loaded full of fibre and low in sugar. So, it sort of breaks all of the rules of a high fibre cereal.
There aren’t many high fibre, nutrient-dense cereals that appeal to kids – am I right?
My kids love the shapes (O’s and hearts) and the subtle maple flavor, and I love that it contains six grams of psyllium fibre per serving, which is a unique type of fibre that boasts the benefits of both soluble and insoluble fibre. So, not only does it provide digestive benefits, but it also keeps blood sugar levels stable and decreases cholesterol levels—not only good for kids, but adults too!
As a snack on its own, in a homemade trail mix, in a bowl with milk or in a healthy recipe (like this one), this cereal is our new go-to (and one that I truly feel good serving to my kids!)
To boost the nutritional content even more, I included rolled oats, chia seeds, sunflower seed butter and whole grain flour. Oh, and chocolate. Because… everything’s better with chocolate.
These bars are nutritious and filling enough to be snack-worthy, but indulgent enough pass as dessert (especially if you include chocolate chips!). They are also school-safe because they do not contain nuts. For more information and tasty recipes using All-Bran Multi-Grain Crunch, check out allbran.ca!