Road trip! Road trip! Road trip!
I mentioned I was getting ready to go on a vacation later this week. I am so excited to get away and see some new sights! Plus, I am extra excited to have a totally awesome camera to drag along with me. I have grand plans to take picturesque shots of curled barbed wire around a fence post, or a faded Texas star in the deep sunset light…. In all honesty, I’ll probably be happy to get a blur that somewhat resembles a three year old, or my daughters back as she leaves her “old” mom for girl talk. Regardless, I’ll post a couple and let you make the determination yourself.
I always have to consider two major things when I go on a road trip. Things to keep myself, the kids, and the driver occupied and of course, snacks. Mad Libs are pretty much a must, they are easy to play and absolutely hilarious. I also got this really fun looking Would You Rather game that I just know is going to cause deep and funny discussions along our long drive.
On the other hand I needed snacks, ones that could withstand warm cars and still hold a level of healthy quality. I went with packaged apple sauce, trail mix, goldfish, and these homemade granola bars. I think I covered pretty much everything in these bars – protein, fruit, carbs, nuts and a little sweet. Bananas are so versatile allowing many different items to be paired easily with them. Of course peanut butter is a common one, but I also love chia seeds with bananas. They provide an unusual protein source and helps fill you up without eating a lot.
There is so much planning that goes into road trips. Where do you like to go? Close or far from your home? Then how long do you drive? A simple drive day for me is 8-10 hours, but if I’m driving straight through, I’ll switch off maybe every 4-5 hours to keep you fresh. This time we are going to do a mix of both depending on which way we are going.
I know everyone has a favorite road trip destination and one day I hope to make my way up to Yellowstone and spend a good few weeks exploring all the gorgeous nature there. These granola bars would be perfect as a hiking snack to keep you going all day long!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 ¼ cup quick cooking oats
- 1 cup crispy rice cereal
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips, rough chopped
- ¼ cup macadamia nuts, rough chopped
- ½ cup dried cherries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch pan with a sheet of parchment paper, set aside.
- Peel and mash the bananas with a fork until few lumps are left. In the microwave, heat the peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a small bowl for about 20 seconds until soft and can be mixed together easily. Mix thoroughly with the bananas.
- Add the oats, cereal, chocolate chips, nuts, cherries and chia seeds to the large mixing bowl. Gently stir until completely mixed. Pour into the prepared pan and press down with a spatula to flatten in an even layer. Bake 20-30 minutes or until edges start to brown. Let cool then cut into your favorite shape.