Shilpa Shetty’s homemade granola bar is the perfect addition to your kids’ lunch

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Read on to know how to prepare this healthy and lip smacking recipe at home in just 25 minutes!

Packing small meals for your child's lunch box can be quite a challenge. After all, you want them to enjoy something that is delicious and healthy at the same time. But you are not alone.

This is a problem several mothers face, but celebrity mum Shilpa Shetty Kundra has found a healthy solution. Apart from including the regular Indian food (which she swears by), she also adds some innovative small eats for when he may feel hungry in between meals during the day.

Healthy alternative to chocolate bars

And she recently gave us a sneak peek into one of her favourite innovations which she loves to give her son; homemade granola bars. She posted a picture of the final cooked product and also shared the healthy and organic ingredients she used to prepare this for her son.

She wrote: "Bake day today made homemade granola with oats, unsalted butter, chia seeds, pistachios, cranberries sunflower seeds, honey and more.. turned out yummm. Now I can carry pieces in my bag to snack on) or Viaans tiffin or have it as breakfast with milk #healthiswealth#bake #therapeutic #swasthrahomastraho#homemade."

Shilpa has always maintained that she has got her son used to eating healthy meals and it didn't come as a surprise that she wanted to give this to him for his lunch.

"A child doesn't know anything, you have to tell them what is good"

"What you feed your child is very important. I am against aerated drinks and packaged food. What you teach your child to eat at this age is what he/she would end up growing up with," she recently shared in an interview.

She added, "My son tells me, 'Mama, you cannot eat lollipops because they give you cavities!' Though you have to negotiate with your child, Viaan has never eaten a bag of chips. But I give him homemade fries with haldi, salt and chilli powder. He loves drinking ginger lemon honey water and fresh juices. A child doesn't know anything; you have to tell them what is good and what isn't. Once he reaches 12 or 13, I don't know what will he do, but I am doing my duty now!"

Shilpa's healthy lifestyle modification has always attracted people and naturally, this post also received an overwhelming response from mothers who wanted a recipe of her special homemade granola bars.

Recipe for homemade granola bars

And if you also want to know how to make such bars at home for yourself as well as your kids then use the following recipe.

Ingredients

  • Oats, 2 cups
  • Unsalted butter
  • Chia seeds, 1/4 cup
  • Pistachios, 1 tbsp
  • Sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup
  • Honey, 3/4 cup
  • Wheat germ (gehu ka ankur), 1/4 cup
  • Natural peanut butter or almond butter, 1/2 cup
  • Sliced almonds, 1 tbsp
  • Brown sugar, 3 tbsp

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 350 degree and grease your baking dish (ceramic or glass) with unsalted butter
  • Now mix the oats, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pistachios, wheat germ, almonds together in that bowl. Spread this on the baking dish and toast it for 7-8 minutes.
  • Next step is to mix unsalted butter, honey, peanut or almond butter, flax seed oil and some brown sugar, Bring this mixture to a boil on medium heat and then take it off.
  • Pour the sweet mixture on the toasted oats mixture and combine everything together.
  • If you poured the honey mixture over the toasted mixture in the same baking pan, then once you've combined everything together, bake it in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Take it out, let it cool, cute it in desired shape and serve.

Remember that granola bars with all these healthy and organic ingredients can be extremely beneficial for your child. The wheat germ in the bar is a great source of zinc, magnesium, folate, thiamin, potassium, and even phosphorus. While almonds and dried fruits are known to be beneficial for your brain and even lend necessary fats to the body.

Not to forget, oats are great for their fibre content and therefor, regulate the digestive system. So there are several benefits of preparing granola bars that can last you almost a week.

Read: 5 healthy breakfast meals the svelte mum Shilpa Shetty Kundra swears by!

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