Recipe: Good to Go Bars

Recipe: Good to Go Bars

It’s no secret that getting kids to eat healthy can be a challenge. Getting them involved in naming dishes and making what they eat can have a positive impact on their eating habits.

We call these “Good to Go” bars, but encourage your kids to give them their own name. If your kids name it, they are more likely to eat it!  Plus this recipe is perfect for little fingers. It’s a quick no-bake, easy to make recipe. Your kids will have a blast cutting the dough with cookie cutters.
 
Our recipe uses Oregon cranberries, cherries, plumbs and hazelnuts. Cranberries are grown on the south coast of the state. Our mild maritime climate means cranberries stay on the vine longer than those grown elsewhere, so Oregon cranberries are redder, bigger, and sweeter. Oregon cherries are high in antioxidants, and dried plums, which are incredibly high in fiber, add a touch of sweetness to the bars, something the kids love. Oregon hazelnuts add a bit of crunch to the bars, and they’re high in folate, potassium and magnesium. Did you know Oregon grows nearly all the hazelnuts in the country?
 
Chock full of Oregon superfoods, this recipe is easily personalized to suit your families tastes. You may just have a new family favorite on your hands.
 
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Good to Go Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup hazelnuts (unroasted, unsalted)
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup prunes
  • 1 ½ tsp of cinnamon 
Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients in food processor for about 3 minutes, until mixture forms a dough.
  2. Remove mixture from food processor and shape into a big ball. It may be a little crumbly at first, but will all come together the more you work it. 
  3. Roll out the mixture with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters to make fun shapes. You can also form the mixture into bars or other shapes your kids want to make.
Time: Approximately 10 minutes with cleanup.
 
Cost: Approximately $0.40 / 1 ounce serving.
 
Notes:
  • Try using other types of dried fruits from Oregon.
  • Put a layer of yogurt on top as “frosting.”
  • Even your youngest kids can help with this no-bake, easy to make recipe.  
Contains Tree Nuts.
Saturated Fat: saturated fat free
Cholesterol: cholesterol free
Sodium: sodium free
Dietary Fiber: good source of dietary fiber
Calories: 1 ounce serving approximately 120 calories
 
Learn more about Oregon hazelnuts
 
Learn more about Oregon cranberries
 
Learn more about Northwest cherries