I actually got a lot done this morning, surprise, surprise. We did our grocery shopping last night, so today I organized all the stuff we had crammed in the fridge, cooked chicken for salad, made deviled eggs for Keith's lunch box this week, cut up celery, washed the lettuce and put it in a bowl to stay crisp, made the chicken salad, vacuumed the living room, did laundry, even the bed sheets, and made these granola bars.
A while back I searched the internet for a granola bar recipe without quite so much sugar and weird palm oils and whatever else they put into the commercial granola bars, which, by the way, have gone up in price this week. I found this recipe and tried it out, but on the next go-round added a little more honey because these bars crumble a lot and I thought more honey might make them stick together a little better.
Here's the recipe:
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup butter, softened (really soft works best)
2/3 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar ( I use the splenda brown sugar blend)
2 cups mini chocolate chips (or whatever you want, I've used white chocolate and cinnamon chips, and this time I used some trail mix that we had)
Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease one 9x13 pan. I use the big glass rectangle casserole pan thing, not sure if it's 9x13 or what, it's like what you would make lasagne in, if you are one of those that actually makes lasagne.
In large mixing bowl, combine everything but the chocolate chips and mix, mix, mix, mix, mix with a big wooden spoon-this takes a little while and a little elbow grease.
Add the chocolate chips or whatever and mix them in.
Lightly press mixture into the prepared pan, bake at 325 for 18-22 minutes.
Let cool a little while, cut into bars.
These still come out kind of crumbly, but they taste pretty good, and I guess you could doctor up the recipe with added spices, coconut, whatever.
Anyway, after all that kitchen stuff I was hot and sweaty and had to go take a shower.
Now I'm ready to do what Buddy and Mimi (and all the rest of the cats) are doing.
Buddy is laying right in the doorway to the bathroom. So that we have to step over him if we want to use the bathroom. I think they do this on purpose.
And Mimi is smack in the middle of the bed that I just put clean sheets on. Apparently the light is just a little too bright, I love the way she covers up her eyes!