Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homemade Granola Bars

For a long time, I was in search of a granola bar that didn't contain nuts, wasn't filled w/ preservatives and sugar AND one that my kids liked. Only one I ran across that sort of fit my bill was Cascadian Farm's White Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. But they quickly grew tired of them, so you can bet I was super excited to try out this recipe I found at DoctorYum.com out: Doctor Yum's Homemade Granola Bars, made with lots of wholesome ingredients including honey (be sure to scroll down for some cooking notes/tips I added). And what was even more exciting was that Little Sis was eager to help. This Little Epicurean Adventurer just LOVES to help in the kitchen - and actual HELPS! :)


Little Sis really liked using my Pampered Chef's Food Chopper, though it was a bit loud and it tired out her little arm. She's chopping like a little pro despite, don't you think?

The happy chopper. Just love this little thing.
The granola mix with all of its yummy goodness
Cut up 'em up after fully  they're FULLY cooled.
Taste testing - her favorite part. This is her second serving!
 Here are just a few cooking notes/tips:
  1. The granola bars pictured here were made with just chocolate chips. I tried so many iterations of various berries and raisins all which got got a big thumbs down from the girls, so here it is, with just chocolate chips. :)
  2. In the first picture you'll see I used Quaker Oats oatmeal but since I've since switched to Trader Joe's Rolled Oats. 
  3. I used parchment paper here, but I've also made them using veggie oil spray which also works great.
  4. Be sure to really squish them flat in your pan so they are nice and compact so they will stick together well when you are ready to get 'em out of the pan.
  5. Also, I usually bake them for about 10 to 15 mins less time than the recipe calls for, so keep an eye on them. They tend to get crispy fast.
  6. Make sure let them fully cool before you cut them.

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And there it is. I must add that writing up this particular post got me a little choked up because it made me realize how much I miss cooking w/ this little girl. These pix were taken when Little Sis was in half-day pre-K last year. Now that she's in all-day Kindergarten, we just don't get to enjoy these moments as often. It just emphasizes how quickly time goes by and how I really need to try to treasure each and every moment w/ my girls while they are still "little", sniff. <3

Shout-outs:
Doctor Yum - for so many yummy and healthy recipes. It's definitely one of my go-to sites for great recipes. Thanks so much, Doctor Yum!! 

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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