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That’s How We Roll: Homemade Snack Bars in the RV

That's How We Roll: Homemade Snack Bars in the RV | GoPetFriendly.comLiving in the RV means we’re always on the go … and that makes eating healthy meals a challenge. Having The Honest Kitchen in the cabinet for the boys meant Ty and Buster were often eating better than Rod and me – especially on days when we were driving to a new destination. We decided something needed to change!

Travel days often started out with a normal breakfast, but when lunchtime rolled around we were on the road and didn’t take time to fix a meal. Whatever was handy ended up in our mouths – chips and hummus, a handful of nuts, maybe some cold leftovers – but these impetuous lunches left us feeling out of sorts and cranky.

We tried buying snack bars, but most are packed with sugar, have a weird chemical taste, or have additives and preservatives we weren’t excited about eating.

A little research revealed that we could easily make our own snack bars with ingredients we could pronounce, that would give us the energy we needed, and leave us feeling satisfied. I’ve been playing with this recipe, because you really can put in anything you want, but this is my favorite iteration so far:

In a large mixing bowl mash four over-ripe bananas (something we always seem to have in the RV, if Ty doesn’t get to them first) until they’re a chunky liquid.

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To the bananas, add the following ingredients:

  • 4 cups of quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup of ground flax seed
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • a squeeze of agave nectar to taste
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Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated and press into an 7×11″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the edges have turned a golden brown. When cooled cut into bite-sized pieces, cover, and store in the refrigerator. They’ll stay good for about a week. To preserve them longer, pop them in the freezer and pull them out a few minutes before you’re ready for a snack.

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The nice thing about this recipe is that it’s mostly ingredients we have in the cabinet anyway. And it’s a cinch to mix up and bake, which is always nice when you’re dealing with a small kitchen.

Go ahead and give them a try … I wouldn’t stir you wrong.

If you think this sounds good, check out our post on making pizza from scratch in an RV kitchen!

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