Claudette’s Granola

Claudette's Granola┬áThis isn’t the first granola recipe we’ve posted. And it definitely won’t be the last. But hey, there are tons of ways in this word to enjoy granola. In a bowl with milk, on top of yogurt, in a parfait, as an ice cream topping, plain as a snack, mixed with apples and thrown all over your kitchen floor…wait, that one isn’t so enjoyable. But you get the idea. Granola is a staple in our kitchens and it should be in yours, too. If not because the blend of oats, nuts, and fruit is good for you and an easy, homemade, and unprocessed snack, then because it makes the entire kitchen (and house) smell amazing as it bakes!

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Granola

Whenever I see granola at the supermarket, I think about mixing up the flavors to make the ultimate combination. Maybe I want cranberries and not raisins, or coconut and almond. Well, by making my own granola I can make my own flavors, and I can save money, too. Make two trays worth of granola and freeze half of it.

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Breakfast Bars

I didn’t really know what to call this post. They can’t be called walnut and dried cherry bars, because those are the only two things I omitted from the recipe…I stuck with breakfast bars because I eat these for breakfast. Any suggestions for a more interesting name?

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When I saw Ellie Krieger’s recipe for walnut and dried cherry bars, I really wanted to make them. The only problem was that I didn’t have any dried cherries on hand, and I can’t bring nuts to work with me. I decided to give it a try, anyway, with raisins and dried cranberries instead.

They were so easy to make and very delicious. It took about 5 minutes to put the ingredients together and 30 minutes in the oven, and I have breakfast for a little over a week.

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Nutless Granola Bars

I often try to make granola bars, only to find myself with granola in the end. After watching Ina Garten so easily make granola bars for her friends, I decided to try it out again. I added dried fruits and flax seeds to her basic recipe, and omitted the nuts so I could bring them into school (nut-free) and snack on them while there.

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I ended up with 17 granola bars. There should have been 18, but one completely crumbled. I had it with milk the next morning. These granola bars were pretty easy to make. I cut them after a few hours and wrapped each one in wax paper. I then stuck them in zip-top baggies and stored half on the counter and half in the freezer.

Next time I think I’ll lower the sweetness and add some chocolate chips.

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