We’ve been sick with bad colds, and I haven’t had a lot of time for writing. I am not abandoning this blog. I promise. I don’t have the brainpower to write a thoughtful post right now, but I thought I’d share a recipe with you. This is an adaptation of a recipe from the Quaker Oats web-site. It gets good reviews from my 3 year old and 2 year old. And it sure is a whole lot cheaper than buying granola bars for the older children to take to school.
3 1/2 cups Quick Quaker Oats
2/3 cups butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup miniature baking M&Ms (or if you don’t add these in, 1 whole cup chocolate chips)
** You could add in raisins or other dried fruit instead of chocolate chips, if you want the bars to be healthier. Or you can play around and add in peanut butter and more chopped peanuts and maybe a little less margarine.
After you mix all the ingredients well, press firmly into a well-greased 15 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch pan. Bake in 350º oven for 20 minutes. Cool thoroughly and then cut into bars. Store in tightly-covered container in a cool, dry place or in the fridge.
I wrapped each bar individually in plastic wrap because I knew my children would be taking them to school. Then I put all the wrapped bars in a large plastic Ziploc and put it in the fridge.
I used my Kitchenaid mixer to mix the ingredients, and it took less than 10 minutes to mix it all up and press it into the pan. So it really is easy.