Monday, May 19, 2014

Chewy Granola Bars

Yuumy yum!  These are super delicious granola bars. They will be gone in a snap at your house :)  The recipe is from

This recipe holds the record for the fastest disappearing baked good in our household. Yep, they were that good. The fact that they are super easy and quick makes me love them even more! No more buying lousy store bought granola bars that are full of artificial junk. These are a 100 times better and I’m looking forward to playing around with different additions like raisins, mini M&M’s, marshmallows, peanut butter, and sunflower seeds.

Chewy Granola Bars
makes 16 bars
2 1/2 C quick oats (I used whole oats and pulsed them in the food processor)
1/2 C rice krispies
1/4 C coconut
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C unsalted butter, softened (i used 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup butter)
1/4 C honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, or use your electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Press into a 9 x 13 pan with clean damp hands. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Score the bars when they first come out of the oven then let them cool completely and then cut into bars.
**I make a double recipe and bake them in a large rimmed cookie sheet.

Chocolate Granola Bars

Yumm Yumm!  I am always looking for a good homemade granola bar recipe because I LOVE granola bars but I am so tired of the ones at the store!!  Jenny posted these on Facebook and they are yummy! :).  The recipe is from

Chocolate Granola Bars

Here’s what you need:
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup local honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ or ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Mini work best, but it doesn’t really matter.)
What to do:
1.  Melt  the butter or coconut oil, peanut butter and honey in a pot over medium to low heat, stirring constantly.  Turn off the burner when melted.
2.  Pour in the oats and the wheat germ or ground flaxseed.  Stir til combined.
3.  Wait til it cools and stir in the coconut and chocolate chips.  Or, if you’re impatient with things like this, like I am, go ahead and dump it all right in.  The result will be a more uniform chocolate taste.
4.  Pour into foil-lined 8 X 8 pan and stick in the fridge.
5. Once cooled, flip out  (the bars….not you) onto cutting board  and cut to the size you like.

DIY Taco Seasoning

I am not a fan of the taco seasoning you buy at the store.  It always is a mystery to me why it turns the meat so orange!  Plus, it gives Brad heartburn.   I am always on the lookout for a new way to season my taco meat without the store bought seasoning!  Sarah just adds salsa to her ground beef or ground turkey, which is yummy! My sis-in-law doesn't even use meat, she has tacos with beans and seasoned veggies (which is to die for!!!!!)

I found this homemade taco seasoning, which is delicious!!!!  I use it in my taco soup, tacos and everything else that calls for taco seasoning :).   I quadruple the recipe so I have lots in my storage for the next time I need it! (which is the measurements in italic!)  I bought some handy-dandy tupperware spice containers, so I measure the seasoning, put the lid on and give it a good shake and voila!

1 TBSP chili powder (4 TBPS)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (2 tsp)
1/2 tsp onion powder (2 tsp)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (1 tsp)
1/4 tsp dried oregano (1 tsp)
1/2 tsp paprika (2 tsp)
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin (2 TBSP)
1 tsp sea salt (4 tsp)
1 tsp black pepper (4 tsp)