A Family Day Share from Our Kitchen to Yours

Happy Family Day!

We didn't have much planned today aside from hanging out at home together, so I thought I'd cook up a little something we like and share it with you.

I've been making this granola bar recipe for the kids for a few years now.  It's super quick to whip up and easy to flavor with whatever fruit or nuts you have in your pantry.  The origins of the recipe are unknown; I believe a friend shared the recipe off a store flyer and I've tweaked it some myself, so here's a little Family Day share from my kitchen to yours.

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Granola Bar Recipe:

2 cups oats 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup peanut butter 3/4 cup raisins or whatever other mix-ins you have on hand

Mix it by hand, then press it firmly into a lightly greased pan.  The original recipe called for 9x13, but I use a smaller pan so they're thicker and don't get as dry. Bake at 350F for ~18 minutes, until you see the edges turning golden Cut them after they cool a few minutes, but leave them in the pan.  They're easier to remove and not so crumbly once cooled.

*I'm generous with the peanut butter, and add an extra spoonful or two.  I know the original recipe said butter could be substituted but have never tried it.

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Feel free to enlist helpers to mix, but plan to take over because mine give up when it gets a bit thick.

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I think my favorite thing about this little treat is that it takes me less than a half hour to whip up.

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They're a bit crumbly,  but tasty!  We like to pack these along in an airtight container as an easy snack when we go camping or on a road trip.  I'm always trying to find some new inspiration, too, so I've pulled together a Pinterest board of some other granola bar recipes that looked interesting.

If you're up for something a little harder, you can check out last month's post about marshmallows and maybe even get more adventurous with flavors than our vanilla.

Have a great Family Day!