Back to School Granola Bars
Don't be mad at me. I know most of America isn't really going back to school in the normal sense. There won't be a big send off morning at the bus stop. Mom's won't be meeting for coffee and breathing in quiet moments at home this fall. Kids will be with us, near us, around us, much of the time.
I've already told myself there will be a quiet time in our day for a little separation and break for everyone, but I also know there will be snack time. All the snacks.
I plan to do a bit more research on this and then do a post for you on favorite fall dinners!
We're going to have to get creative here and since we'll be home so much my mind is going to homemade granola and these granola bars. Packaged snacks have been an easy thing to justify when we're on the road or like last year in the car all the time but this year will be different.
This year granola bars are entering the mix. They come together easy and are eaten by all. Best part, I have no problems when my kids want just another one when I know what's in them!
Homemade Granola Bars
4 T. creamy peanut butter
3 T. honey
3 T. agave syrup
1 T. brown sugar
1 tbsp. blueberry preserves
2 cups pre-made granola
1 1/2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 325°. Line 8- or 9-inch square pan with a parchment or cooking spray.
In a small saucepan warm peanut butter, honey, agave, jam, and brown sugar until sugar has melted and peanut butter has thinned.
Mix dry ingredients in big bowl. Pour liquid on top and stir to coat the oats.
When everything is equally coated, spread the mixture into the pan. Press mixture down, potentially spraying your hands with a bit of cooking spray so they don't stick!
Bake for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely then cut and enjoy!
You can enjoy these as is or I sometimes like them with greek yogurt and a bit of honey!