This was supposed to publish last night (Saturday) WHOOPS! So here you go!!
I am STILL, trying to put a dent in my baking supplies, and I honestly can’t believe the amount of food that I have been able to make without buying anything, but butter. I don’t really have tons and tons of sticks of butter laying around, so that was the only thing on the shopping list lately.
This morning, I ended up taking on the project of making some Granola Bars. Surprise, surprise, I made them chocolate chip and dried cranberry granola bars. I don’t know what it is with this combo, but I LOVE it. I’ve always been a bit nervous about making these, simply because I thought there was a lot to it…or that it was complicated. But after making them, they couldnt’ have been easier. I would absolutely say they are easier than making rice crispy treats (I have some trouble with making those).
1/3 Cup Honey
1 Stick Butter
1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries
1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips
1. In a medium sized sauce pan, on low heat, melt the butter, sugars and honey together. Do not boil the mixture.
2. Stir in the oats, cranberries, almonds, and walnuts. Then take the pan off the heat, and stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Line a smaller baking dish with parchment paper and press the granola mix into the pan. I used a 9 by 11 pan and ended up scrunching it to the end because it would have resulted in really thin bars that wouldn’t stay together well.
4. Lastly, bake the bars for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. You want the top to be golden brown.
Let it COMPLETELY cool before taking it out of the pan and cutting it. While it is hot the bars will not stick together. You can pull the whole parchment paper out and lay it on the counter to slice easily. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars.
I am actually going to bring these bars with me to Naples. Brent and I are celebrating Christmas with his family and I thought it would be fun to bring some treats. I was trying to come up with a good way to bring them without the bars falling apart or sticking to each other and decided to wrap them individually in parchment paper. This way you can actually just throw them in a bag while you are on the run and don’t have to worry about a mess! GENIUS!
I know this isn’t really an original idea, but afterwards, I kind of felt really smart. Haha, no puzzle is to difficult for THIS one to solve! Just don’t give me a rubix cube and completely kill my smarty pants ego.
Have you ever come up with a solution that just made you feel really, really smart?