These homemade granola bars get their power from flax seeds.

Homemade granola bars are fun to make together and can easily be modified to feature your favorite fixings. When you’re done cutting the bars, the rimmed baking sheet will be filled with yummy chunks of granola. Perfect for sprinkling over yogurt parfaits!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Makes 12 bars

Ingredients for Homemade Granola Bars:
4 cups rolled oats
¼ cup flaxseed meal
¼ cup whole wheat all-purpose flour
½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup grapeseed oil
½ cup honey
¼ cup of maple syrup
1 cup dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit)

Directions for Homemade Granola Bars:
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, flaxseed meal, flour, coconut, cinnamon and salt.

3. Add the oil, then the honey and maple syrup to the dry mixture. Stir to combine.

4. Add the cranberries and mix well.

5. Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment, then let your kids press the granola mixture firmly into the pan. It’s helpful to put a little oil on your hands to avoid the granola sticking to your fingers.

6. Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown. The mixture will still be soft to the touch when you take it out of the oven.

7. Cool, then cut into bars.

Cook Together: Let your kids combine the ingredients and press the mixture into the pan with their hands. Tip: Add the oil, then the honey, using the same measuring cup. The oil will make it easy for the honey to slip right off into the mixing bowl.

Keep Trying: We tried several recipes for homemade granola bars before landing on one that we liked. Some of our recipes were too crumbly, others too chewy. You may have a similar experience as your kids try new ingredients in their mix. Instead of getting frustrated, view it as an opportunity to experiment.

A mother of two, Jennifer Tyler Lee is the author of The 52 New Foods Challenge (Penguin/Avery 2014) and the creator of the award-winning healthy eating game, Crunch a Color®. Her family culinary adventures have been featured at Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Rachael Ray’s Yum-O!, Pottery Barn Kids, and Laurie David’s Family Dinner. She is a featured blogger at The Huffington Post.