We needed a replacement for snack bars. Neither of us is in love with protein bars, because we'd pretty much always rather have an actual snack, but D needs them for his long rides. It's tough to peel an orange while riding a bicycle.
A while ago Summer posted her mother in law's granola bar recipe, and people, these are genius. These are easy to make (the ingredients list is long, but I swear the work is minimal) and so soft and chewy and delicious. They aren't low calorie, but neither are protein bars and these don't have any sketchy ingredients. And they're a million times cheaper. I'm not an expert, but they look like they're gluten free (if you make sure to buy gluten free oats).
I added cranberries to ours. I'm going to have to figure out how to put chocolate chips in there without melting them. These made my whole week. Hop over to Summer's post to see the recipe.