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.
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.
Feel free to enlist helpers to mix, but plan to take over because mine give up when it gets a bit thick.
I think my favorite thing about this little treat is that it takes me less than a half hour to whip up.
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!