Do you bring your lunch to work?
Since there are very few restaurants near my office (and even if there were, I rarely have time to run out for a bite to eat), the only other non-homemade lunch option is our work cafeteria … affectionately know as the “barf-a-teria.”
Yeah … I try to bring my lunch to work as often as I can.
Now, the real challenge in all this? Coming up with creative and healthy lunch ideas for every day of the work week. Luckily for me (and you!), this month’s Recipe ReDux theme is “bars and bites for brown bags” … in other words, lots of great ideas to you keep you from getting stuck in a boring lunchtime rut.
My contribution to the cause? Gluten-free chocolate cranberry granola bars!
The other great thing about these delightfully chocolate-y, delightfully fruity granola bars? They’re easily adaptable to whatever you have on hand.
I had some Udi’s gluten-free cranberry granola in my pantry, but any loose granola would work as well. Don’t like pecans? Either switch up the nut or leave it out completely. No brown rice syrup in the house? Use honey! And of course, you could substitute brown sugar for the coconut sugar as well … and any dried fruit would be a perfect replacement for the cranberries.
Whether you pack your lunch in a bento box, a brown bag, or a retro cartoon character lunch box, make sure to pack one of my gluten-free chocolate cranberry granola bars. And, hey … they’re great for breakfast too!