more granola…this time in bar form

It’s certainly no secret that I’ve been on a bit of a granola kick of late. A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful cooking blog Smitten Kitchen featured a chewy granola bar recipe. Yes, please. Yesterday after we got back from our day in Cleveland, I went right to work. The foundation of the recipe is very simple and adaptable. It’s the mix-ins where you get to have some fun. 10 – 15 ounces of your choice of nuts, dried fruit or other tasty treats. I went with some sweet and tender dried cranberries that I had picked up at Seven Grains Market, sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut, sliced almonds, chopped pecans and mini semi-sweet chocolate morsels. Baked for over half an hour, then chilled; they were cut easily into delectable bars. These chewy granola bars are far superior to any of the prepackaged types you find at the grocery. Sweet, chewy and very filling. They are going to become one of my regular weekend treats to make. Just perfect with a tall glass of cold milk.


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