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2.15.2011

Big Batch Granola Bars

I like my oatmeal cookies crunchy not puffy, I finally found a crunchy recipe I love. So I tweaked it into granola bars for kids lunches and snacks. My trouble with making 'granola' bars was that I had to make granola before I could make the bars, I just didn't have time for that. These are one bowl, one pan, big batch granola bars in two different flavors and they are easy.

But first my friends, thanks for letting me be less than perfect. Sometimes as a blogger I feel the need to be always happy and on the up and up. But you know life is just not like that. I don't have all the answers, I'm just a mama doing her best and sometimes I get kicked like everybody else. I spent a recuperating day with two small boys who love me just about more than anything else in the world. They drove me bonko, made me smile, rubbed my back, painted pictures and went skiing with me. We ate corn dogs and curly fries from the freezer section, read the last chapter of the last great brain book and sang bedtime songs in earsplitting harmony and I feel renewed. OK I feel tired but I feel like me again, alive and happy to be so. I have a breakfast date with a good friend in the morning, my gym is calling me and I have two, yes two snoring yellow labs at my feet. Life is good, not perfect but damn good.

Big Batch Granola Bars--oven 325˚ Adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookie Book

1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
4 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups flour-whole wheat would be fine here
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
various toppings like pecans, peanuts, coconuts, raisins, chocolate chips

cream the butter and sugar
beat in the vanilla and buttermilk
add the oats, flour, baking soda and salt
stir to combine well
line a 11x17 baking sheet with foil, butter it well
press the dough into the pan
add toppings as desired
press them into the dough
using a long knife score the dough into 33 equal pieces
bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are cooked through, don't burn the edges but make sure the center is done
turn off the oven and let them set in the oven until it is cool
remove from the oven
re cut on the lines
store in a sealed container
or freeze for school lunches wrapped individually and then in a resealable storage bag
I used coconut on both sides but then added dried cranberries on one half and chocolate on the other

oh hello chocolate chips, I love you


Peace and Love--

5 comments :

  1. I am totally going to make these this weekend for the boys! Thank you, thank you!!

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  2. These look delicious. I'm glad your feeling a little better (it takes time to recover from such an emotional blow).

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  3. So much better than the granola bars at the store - more like candy bars! I like my oatmeal cookies crunchy too. I'm glad you're feeling a little better!! Frozen corn dogs as a miracle drug - who knew!? ;)

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  4. These look delicious, my boys would love them. :)
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. Homemade granola bars are the best! You're eating a sweet but you don't feel so guilty :), great recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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