By Kelly Bogard
We’re well into the school year and all the activities that come with it—homework, sports, theater practice and so much more. It’s enough to work up an appetite. Every day.
I know that’s how it is for Butters. She’s one of those kids who eat all day. A good breakfast. Tasty lunch. A snack at school. And, of course, a snack when she gets home. All before supper at 6 p.m. That’s about five small meals each day.
And in order to make sure she’s eating foods that are good for her, I rely on the food services at her school and my mommy intuition. Next week, Oct. 12-16, is National School Lunch Week, and I appreciate all those who work to feed our kids at school.
But what can satisfy a big appetite and active kids when they get home? One of Butters’ favorites…
For Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars, you will need…
2 c. rolled oats
1 c. flour
3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/2 c. honey
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
This recipe makes enough granola bars not only for Butters’ snack each day, but also for her daddy and me for breakfast for a week. It’s only a few steps and can be made and stored on a Sunday afternoon without any fuss.
These granola bars are perfect for an afternoon boost in between a great school lunch and a hearty dinner. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Cranberry Pecan Granola Bars
Summary: Perfect bite for hungry snackers
- 2 c. rolled oats
- 1 c. flour
- 3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
- 3/4 c. dried cranberries
- 1/2 c. chopped pecans
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil
- 1/2 c. honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Create a well in the dry ingredients.
- Pour all of the wet ingredients into the well.
- Mix with hands until everything is combined.
- Place the granola mixture into a 9×13 baking dish lined with parchment or use cooking spray.
- Flatten the mixture into the bottom of the pan until flat and touching the edges.
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 minutes and then cut into bars.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Baking time (duration): 0 hour(s), 35 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 15 bars