I spoke to several friends over the weekend who have children starting school over the next few weeks; some as early as tomorrow. Sadly, summer is almost over and that means no more "summer hours", casual dress, and even worse... no more breezing down the street with no traffic. I can see those yellow buses now. Ugh!
If you are looking for an afternoon snack or breakfast treat for your children, try this quick, easy, chewy, versatile granola bar. You can make them with cranberries, almonds, walnuts, figs, dried apricots, butterscotch, chocolate, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds...whatever tickles your fancy! Well...maybe not the chocolate for the younger children lest they be bouncing off the walls in class!
2 1/3 c old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 c mixed dried fruit and nuts (any combination you choose)
1/2 c unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp flaxseed
1/2 c honey
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 c chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.
Combine ingredients in large bowl, mixing well. Use a spatula (or your hands) to press mixture into prepared pan. Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and score bars with a sharp knife. Return pan to oven for 10 minutes more, or until golden. Remove from oven and cut completely when cooled.
Wrap each bar in parchment paper and store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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