Wednesday, August 7, 2013

{Recipe} Chewy Granola Bars

See these two cuties? Yep, those are my "big boys" and they start preschool next month. This is very exciting and they've been looking forward to school for awhile now. Getting them up, ready and out the door in time is going to be a challenge. Up until now we spend most days at home, especially the mornings, and I've been able to take my time getting breakfast ready. You already read how much my boys love "Sausage Eggs" and now I am looking for more quick breakfast and snack options that can make our lives easier and happier. Isn't everyone just a little happier with a full tummy? Yep, thought so.

I am in love with this granola bar recipe. It is very easy to make and my family loves it. The best part? I have all of this stuff around my pantry all of the time so it's easy to make up when we're in a hurry.

This recipe comes from the THRIVE Cookbook. If you don't already have one you need one. Trust me. So many great recipes that are family friendly and help rotate through your food storage. 



Chewy Granola Bars

1 2/3 cups THRIVE Quick Oats
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 tbls. butter, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 tbls. light corn syrup
1 tbls. water
1/3 cup peanut butter

{Note: I made mine with THRIVE freeze dried: mango, blueberries and raspberries. I also added sliced almonds and coconut. Add whatever your family loves!}

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 8x8x2 inch baking pan or line with parchment paper.

2. In a small bowl, add freeze-dried fruit and rehydrate by covering with warm water for 5-10 minutes until fruit is softened and rehydrated. Drain.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. stir in the rehydrated fruit that has been thoroughly drained in addition to any other ingredients you would like to add (nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, etc.) In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, honey, corn syrup, and water. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients including the peanut butter until the mixture is fully incorporated (mixture will be moist).

4. Spread in the prepared pan and press down to make sure the mixture covers the entire pan. Bake the bars for 25-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool the bars in the pan completely. Once cool, removed from pan and use a knife to cut the bars into the desired shape. Removing the bars before completely cooling can result in a crumbly bar. If necessary, finish cooling the bars in the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the process and allow them to fully set. Store bars in an airtight container. Bars can be frozen.



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