I love simple recipes that kids can help with. Even my two year old can make this one. It's very sweet and more like dessert bars than power bars, but you could add some wheat germ or flaxseed meal to up the nutritional quotient if you like. This one has no eggs, so you don't have to worry about them licking their hands. The reason it's so sweet is it was used at a previous Vacation Bible School to teach the kids how sweet life was when the Israelites entered the promised land, hence the name, Promise Land Granola Bars (which would make a great homeschool lesson). They are sticky goodness, but if you like a more chewy granola bar, check these out. They are more like Quaker Oatmeal bars. This recipe below reminds me of those cheap, Little Debbie granola bars you find near the other Little Debbie snacks. Like a snack/treat all rolled into one. My kids LOVE this one.
Promised Land Granola Bars
4 c oats
1 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 c flaked coconut
3/4 c melted margarine
3/4 c orange marmalade
Grease a 9x13 or 10x15 inch pan. The smaller pan will make thicker bars. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Here's the part for the child...
Combine the oats, brown sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add other ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture into the greased pan, pat down and bake for 12-15 mins (the deeper pan will need more time). Let cool completely before cutting into bars.