We're on a bit of a baking kick. Maybe you've already noticed that since this is my 2nd recipe in a week :)!
I've been trying to find recipes for staples we eat a lot of. I feel like I can make a healthier alternative and save some money at the grocery by making big batches of things we like and/or need.
1st up? Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.
The girls love granola bars, they get that from me...us girls have a lot in common :). Well, Lincoln and I have a lot in common as well if you consider the facts that we both love to sleep and eat every 3 hours.
I'm rambling, stay with me.
Can I just say real quick that the amazingly yummy granola bars we whipped up only had 8 ingredients in them and the regular granola bars that I usually buy at the store have 37. 37! I counted.
That many extra ingredients makes me nervous, my friends.
So I found a recipe that I altered a bit and they turned out wonderful.
3 1/2 cups of Oats
1 cup of chocolate chips (or raisins, or any other dried fruit)
1 cup nuts, in small pieces (I used regular peanuts, the girls favorite)
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large, ungreased shallow baking pan, toast oats and nuts at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Toss with remaining ingredients and mix well. I melted the butter a tad and waited for that and the oats to cool before I added the Chocolate chips to the mixture...they will melt if you don't wait.
Then spread them out on the baking pan. This shows one batch, it didn't cover the entire pan. I later doubled it and may triple it in the future.
Then I baked it at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until it looks light brown around the edges). Let it cool and then cut into bars and store however you like!
I love them. Any kind of granola is always a hit in this house.
So that's it, I promise I won't post every recipe we try :). Or maybe I will. I'll let ya know.
Well I'm off for now, both 2yr olds are in the bathroom and I can hear water running and giggling. That is never a good combination.
Hope you're having a great week!