Well I’ve had writers block for a while now. I have a blog in the works about why we foster (and why you should too), but I can’t seem to finish it! So in the mean time I found a great recipe to share as we go back to school and back to packing lunches.
I stumbled across this recipe on Pinterest the other day and had to try it…of course I tweeked it based on ingredients I like to use and had on hand, and here is what I came up with…
- 4 c old fashioned oats
- 1/4 c whole wheat flour
- 1/4-1/2 c flax seed mill (I sneak this in lots of my recipes!)
- 1/3 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c chocolate chips (more or less as you like)
- 1/2 c dried cherries (or whatever dried fruit or nuts you have)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 c coconut oil (the original called for canola oil, but we prefer this)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c honey
Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. Pour remaining wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press the granola mixture evenly over the cookie sheet. Bake at 325 F for about 20 minutes or until just starting to brown on top. Let the granola cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer the parchment paper and granola onto a cutting board and cut into bars. Enjoy!
I wrapped my bars in saran wrap and put them in a zip lock so my family wouldn’t devour them all at once! My husband said they were the best granola bars he’d eaten and my kids loved them. I will probably have to hide these from the
kids family in order to actually put them in lunches. 🙂 FYI – They are really chewy out of the oven, but crunchier the next day. We like chewy and crunchy granola bars, so this is fine by us!