Here are a few granola bar and snack bar recipes that we tried and liked:
• Dried Fig and Nut Bars from Chow.com and reviewed here at the Kitchn
• Granola Bars from Alton Brown from the Food Network
• Ginger-Coconut Milk and Cereal Bars from Coconut and Lime
• Crunchy Granola Bars from Help! I Have a Fire in My Kitchen!
• Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Newsminer.com (and written by yours truly for an article on after-school snacks for kids!)
Once you settle on a basic recipe that you're happy with, it's easy to modify it depending on your tastes or mood. Any nut or dried fruit can be substituted for another. Add some wheat germ or protein powder for an extra dose of healthiness. Espresso powder, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and seeds like fennel or caraway also add flavor.
Scones, muffins, and quick breads can also be made ahead and will likely be better for you than what you might pick up during a low-blood-sugar moment at a coffee shop. Try our recipes for Cranberry Scones or Parmesan Chive Scones, Peach and Spice Tea Muffins, or Oat, Pear, and Raspberry Loaf.
What other grab-and-go snacks do you rely on?