Sep 28, 2012

chewy granola bars

It has been yet another crazy woman week.  I'm teaching one more class than last year and have more lesson preps, but honestly I can't even figure out how it's possible to get everything done.  Once upon a time, I taught 7 classes at once (okay, I was a serious crazy woman back then).  Now I can't quite keep up with my 4.  I think I'm moving from crazy lady to crazy old lady or something.

I found a few ways to forget about my craziness, though, even if just for a moment: yoga, walking while enjoying the pretty fall trees, watching the season premiere of Modern Family (even if I fell asleep halfway through...following a majorly crazy day that started hours before the sun came up) and eating homemade granola bars.

Really, these little bars are kind of magical.  I may never buy them again.  Make these bars and let me know what your crazy day relaxations are.  I need more on my keep-my-life-sane list, because Monday will surely come too soon.

Chewy Granola Bars
Recipe adapted from jo and sue
Makes 9 bars

  • 2 1/2 c quick rolled oats
  • 1/2 c crushed Chex cereal (I used rice)
  • 1/2 c dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c chopped peanuts (lightly salted or add about 1/4 tsp salt to recipe)
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flax meal
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing until everything is moist.  Press the mixture into the greased pan and bake for about 20 minutes, until brown on the edges.  Cool for about 5 minutes before cutting into bars.  Let them cool completely before removing them from the pan and enjoying!

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