A potentially positive side-effect when you start saying no to things packaged in plastic is that you have a lot less snack food hanging around your house. A potentially negative side-effect when you start saying no to things packaged in plastic is that you have a lot less snack food hanging around your house to throw at hangry children. #firstworldproblems
We may have single-handedly kept Nature Valley in business with my kid’s passion for Oats n’ Honey Crunchy Granola Bars. Anyway, I’m up here hanging out my stumbling way to less waste for everyone to see and now I’ve got to live up to my own standard. So I decided to get all hippie-dippy and make some homemade granola bars.
I found a bar recipe I wanted to make and hit the store only to discover a key ingredient, puffed rice, wasn’t available in bulk. Nature’s Path cereal brand had it in what they called an “Eco-Pac” which boils down to a plastic bag (swipe right). They are spinning this to be somehow better for the environment than regular cereal packaging. Can you say #greenwashing ?
So, back to the drawing board. I ended up with a Minimalist Baker recipe. Five ingredients, all things you can get in the bulk section. Don’t be fooled by the “10 minutes prep time” though - it was more like 45 minutes. Especially since I didn’t have the fancy, gooey, Medjool dates the recipe called for, because, hello, bulk foods like I said, so I had to soak mine in some hot water first. And, I toasted the almonds and oats which added another 10 minutes. And, use some wax paper to line your pan, for earth’s sake, not the plastic wrap they show in their picture.
The jury’s still out on whether the kids will eat these, but they taste good to me.
What are some no-plastic snack swaps you’ve made? Besides those bulk peanut butter pretzels, that is.