The crunchy life: homemade granola bars

We try to do homemade whenever we can in our house. We make pretty much all our own bread, dinner rolls, granola, desserts, etc. Here’s the recipe we use for homemade granola bars:


2 c rolled oats

3/4 c packed brown sugar

1/2 c wheat germ

1/2 t ground cinnamon

1 c whole wheat flour

3/4 t salt

1/2 c honey

1 beaten egg

1/2 c vegetable oil

2 t vanilla extract

3/4 c chocolate chips

Mix together dry ingredients; make a well in the center. Pour all wet ingredients into well and mix well using your hands. Pat mixture into a greased 8×8 or 9×13, depending on desired size of bars. Bake 30-35m at 350 degrees, just until edges start turning golden; any longer and they’ll be too crunchy (smaller pan = longer cooking time, larger = shorter cooking time). Let ’em cool for 5 minutes and cut while they’re still warm or they’ll be too difficult to cut. I then wrap ’em individually in plastic or wax paper and keep ’em in a big baggie or plastic container in the pantry for easy snacking.

(adapted from Playgroup Granola Bars)

What’s for supper this fall?

We’ve been eating pretty well around here (despite anything my kids might have told you). I’ve been working off of some new recipes lately, and thought I’d share links to a few that’ve impressed me.

Baked pumpkin cream cheese french toast Yep. Make this. From Damn Delicious.

Linguine with garlicky kale and white beans Goooood. From Fake Ginger.

Roasted butternut squash with feta and honey This one calls for pumpkin, but I had squash. Can’t even find words to explain how delish this was. From Not Quite Nigella.

Butternut squash and spinach lasagna If you never make this recipe, you are doing yourself and your family a disservice. Dead serious. From Julia’s Album.

Honey garlic shrimp skillet Fast and so yummy! From The Cooking Jar.