Guess what? School starts tomorrow! Eeek! Even though according to the position of the sun, summer is not over, it still feels like watermelons should no longer be found in the grocery stores, pools should close, flip flops should be stored away, and the dining room table should be covered with papers and computer cords once again. (Ok, admit it: who really EVER stores away their flip flops? I know I don’t!) Amongst other things that will no longer be a part of my daily routine, the spontaneous snacking will now come to an end and well, I am just not willing to live without my snacks. So I made something that I can pack in a little baggy and take to school with me: granola bars. And I stuffed this recipe with all of my favorite things!
So why should you take 35 minutes out of your day to make your very own granola bars? Because you can design your own granola bars, because they are super easy to make, because they taste better and more fresh, and because you probably have all the ingredients you need at this very moment. That’s why.
Homemade Granola Bars:
1 2/3 cup Quick Oats (different that instant oats, fyi)
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup if you want!)
6 Tbsp melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
2-3 cups of “toppings” (I added coconut, walnuts, chocolate chips, and almonds)
1 Tbsp water
First, line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper (let it stick out on the edges so you can easily remove the granola bar later) and lightly grease it with oil or butter. Mix together the sugar, oats, flour, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. I pulsed the “toppings” in a food processor to break them up a bit before adding them to the dry ingredients as well. In a separate bowl, combine the butter, honey, peanut butter, and water and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until they are well blended. Press the mixture into the pan until firm and even. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes. It will begin to turn golden brown and look soft- don’t panic! Once you let it cool, it will firm up and you will have a slightly crunchy on the outside but thick and chewy on the inside granola square to eat in secret at your desk before anyone dares ask you to share!