We're coming into the time of year where we spend a lot of time on the go - at parks, on hikes, biking, canoeing, wherever -and it all goes that much easier if we have some food on hand. When W was a toddler I tried all kinds of recipes for granola bars; I felt that most of them had far too much sugar or too much fat to be considered a "healthy" snack. Then I came across Laurel's Kitchen cookbook (oh how I love this book, mostly just for the introduction called The Work at Hand by Carol Flinders). The book includes a recipe for raisin bars that are quite delicious as is, however I found that they would end up crumbled into a granola like mess when we had them in our backpacks. I played with the recipe a bit over the years and ended up with a fairly sturdy, no-sugar (yet very sweet), low-fat bar. They are a whole food bar made simply with oats, whole wheat flour, walnuts, raisins, dates, applesauce, some oil, water, and salt. That's it.And since the boys helped me shell a box of walnuts (grown on our backyard trees), I thought I would make a triple batch of these bars to see us through the next few weeks. They also freeze well.
BTW, if you have a walnut tree then that nutcracker pictured up top is the one to have. They work so amazingly well that they are even worth buying new...and that says a lot coming from me. ;-)