Thursday, November 3, 2011

Peace, Love , & Granola!

Today it's actually 60 degrees and sunny in Central New York. Usually we'd have snow on the ground by now, or it would at least be bitter cold. I'm not complaining and I wouldn't be too upset if we had a green Christmas either.
After being outside in the sunshine I came in to grab a snack and the cookie jar was empty. Two things in this house, the cookie jar must always have something in it, and so does the cake plate.
So, how about some sun-shiney granola bars? These are great for so many reasons,
#1 I make them without  corn syrup or anything artificial
#2 You can add anything you want to them and it only makes them more awesome.
#3 I can make them while my son naps without having to fire up the mixer or any other loud piece of kitchen equipment that would wake him.

Give 'em a try and let me know if you mixed anything into them. I'm always looking for ideas.

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Pour the cereal, oats , nuts, and raisins into a large mixing bowl and mix together.

Next, in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat combine the honey and brown sugar. Stir constantly until it bubbles and froths. 

Reduce heat to low and mix in peanut butter until it melts and you have a nice creamy mixture. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour over cereal & oats mixture

With a spoon stir until the dry ingredients are coated with the honey mixture.

Very lightly grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan and pour the mixture in. Spread out evenly and with the back of a large metal spoon press to compact the mix. 
You should hear a lot of crunching. 
Allow to cool completely before cutting into whatever shapes you would like. 

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