I couldn’t think of anything to write about today. Actually, that isn’t true. I had approximately seven million thoughts, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t slow my brain down enough to retrieve only one and turn it into something more than a fragment of an idea.
One Twitter friend suggested I take a walk, which I did. And it helped. I came back and wrote down about four paragraphs worth of material. But I was itchy and couldn’t sit still and remembered that I promised my daughter I’d buy her granola bars to take to her lacrosse game tomorrow. She’s allergic to nuts and peanuts so there is only one type of bar that she both likes and can eat and earlier, when I went to the store that stocks them, they were out.
When I realized that I couldn’t finish the blog post I’d started, I decided to make the granola bars that my daughters and I have been making for years. Baking and cooking ground me, except when making weeknight dinners after a busy day. Then cooking stresses me out.
I found the recipe back when there wasn’t a single brand of bar that my allergic daughter could eat. The girls and I have played with the recipe a little bit over the years and while I wouldn’t call the result a healthy treat, I would say that it is far healthier than the ones we get at the store. And it tastes better.
I posted a photo of the finished granola bars on Facebook and enough people seemed interested in the recipe that I realized I had a blog post after all. So, for all those who’d like to make their own granola bars, here’s my family’s easy easy easy recipe. (Ours are nut-free but if you want nuts, just add them in at the end.)
M & R’s Granola Bars
4 cups oatmeal
2 cups flour
1 cup coconut
¼ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup vegetable oil
¾ cup honey (OR 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup molasses , OR 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup corn syrup depending on your taste)
raisins or chocolate chips (or whatever you prefer to add)
1. Mix dry ingredients together well.
2. Add oil and honey.
3. Mix well. Get your fingers in there and mix it until all is blended and sticky feeling. If you don’t, they will turn out crumbly.
4. Add raisins and whatever else you enjoy.
5. Firmly press into jelly roll pan (12 x 15 inch).
6. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 375°F They will look puffy and soft when you take them out.
7. Don’t wait until they are brown or they will be very hard.
8. Cut into squares while still warm.
Let me know if you make them and if you like them!
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