I started the morning off menu planning! Yay!
Yes, that is Christmas paper. I’ve had that notepad for like five years. I put it out at Christmas time and I put it away every year. This year I refused to put it away. I’m going to use it until it’s gone this year!
After a successful trip the grocery store, I did this.
Utensil drawer. Tackled.
It’s not perfect, but it’s way better than the hot mess it was before! My husband was mortified that I showed off our disorganization! So, please, tell me this….does anyone else have a drawer that looks like this? I think it will make him feel better!
Then I started baking!
I’ve been challenging myself to make some of the things that we buy on a consistent basis from scratch. I decided that today was the day that I was going to attempt to make granola bars. I perused what seemed like a million different recipes on how to make granola bars and came up with this.
A Little Bit of Everything Granola Bars
Here’s what you need…
-2.5 cup of old fashioned oats
-1/2 cup of wheat germ
-3/4 cup almonds
-3 Tablespoons of butter
-2/3 cup of brown sugar
-1/2 cup agave nectar ( I forgot to buy honey at the store!!)
-1/2 teaspoon salt (I used kosher salt.)
-1.5 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins and cranberries)
-1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips
First, I toasted my oats, wheat germ and nuts at 400 degrees for ten minutes. I stirred every 2-3 minutes so they didn’t burn.
When finished, I added them to a bowl with the dried fruit.
As the ingredients were roasting in the oven, add salt, brown sugar, butter, and agave to a pan. Cook until everything is melted and mixture begins to bubble.
When bubbling occurs, pour mixture into the bowl with the roasted oats, etc.
Stir everything to coat. Add in chocolate chips.
Pour mixture into a 9×13 pan that has wax paper in it. Make sure to spray your wax paper with cooking spray!
Make the mixture lay flat and let cool.
Then unwrap and put on a cutting board!
Cut into bars.
Wrap in plastic wrap or keep in an airtight container!
Aren’t they pretty?!?!
I was super impressed that these turned out and tasted good. Do you have a favorite granola bar or granola recipe?!
Now to hang out and watch the end of the Packers/Falcons game!
What is your favorite football team? We LOVE our Iowa Hawkeyes! And I don’t like to admit this because they are not so great, but we like the Detroit Lions in this house too. I’ll be happy to admit that a bit more when they start playing better than they have the past few years!!!!
Have a great night!