We have snow literally coming out of our ears, here in New England!
Sent home early. No critical homework due.
There’s but one thing for a girl to do in such a situation.
First I made a steaming hot cup of licorice tea…
…and then I had myself a date with Mr. Quaker.
These are my stand by, true blue, you’ve never let me down, fool-proof recipe for granola bars. What I love most about these chunky little bars, is that the combination of flavors is limitless. Honey? Molasses? Agave? Chocolate chips? Peanut butter chips? Raisins?
Today’s combination of flavors included pecans, dark chocolate chips, flax…
…and a deep, intoxicatingly rich swirl of blackstrap molasses.
Honey would have given these bars more of a golden hue vs. the deep chocolate color. But I absolutely love the flavor that molasses imparts.
And, really now, who doesn’t like the color of chocolate?
You want to know something? When Mr. Quaker is around, a little bit of extra snow around the place doesn’t look so bad after all.
Granola Bars with chocolate chips and pecans
These bars can be made with any mixture of your favorite ingredients—peanut butter chips, dates and coconut come to mind! Enjoy them for breakfast, as a snack or even as a dessert with a cup of tea. They also keep very well, and can be packed as a fun addition with your lunch-to-go.
- 1 T. olive oil + pam for spraying pan
- 1-1/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 c. dark or semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. ground flaxseeds
- 1/4 c. chopped pecans
- 1/4 c. blackstrap molasses
- 1/4 c. natural, chunky, salted peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line bottom and two sides with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each side. Spray again with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine oats, chocolate chips, flaxseeds, and pecans; set aside.
- In a small/medium saucepan, combine molasses, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla. Cook over medium until melted. Add dry ingredients to pan, turn off heat and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until golden and edges pull away from sides of pan, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift bars out of pan. On a cutting board, gently cut into 8 pieces using a serrated knife. Store in an airtight container, separating pieces with wax or parchment paper, for one week. ENJOY!
Question: What is your favorite activity on a snow day?
You know, I have been thinking about granola bars for the last few days. I definitely need to try these out.
Favorite snowy day activity?
Does a nap count?
I like to wade through the snow just after it’s fallen. At that point, it’s light and fluffy and it feels like I am walking through clouds!
I don’t know if it is my “favorite” activity, but I am definitely going to take a lot of time during my snow day today to do some cleaning and then go for a run at my apartment’s fitness center.
Eating chocolate oatmeal if that counts =)
Mmm…eating chocolate oatmeal most definitely counts. 😉
Bookmarked 🙂 These bars look perfect!
Favorite snow-day activity is definitely baking – though I don’t know if there’s anything left to bake! haha. It’s always good reason to buckle down on schoolwork, though.
Those granola bars look great! It’s not quite as bad in North Texas as it is where you are, but we’re iced in nonetheless. As long as we’re not going through one of the rolling blackouts of electricity, my favorite activity has been HGTV marathons!
My fav snow day activity is DEFNIITLY snowboarding…. or curling up on the couch with baked goods and coffee and not getting out of my pjs. I’m really half and half ahaha
Snow day? I have one today, too! I plan on spending my day in my sweats under the blankets watching movies all day!! 🙂
Mmm, I think I’ll make some granola bars today- good idea! My favorite snow day activity is lazing around the house, reading, watching movies and baking. 🙂
I’m going to make these today! But no pecans… hmm. Maybe that means i’ll just have to use more chocolate.
Most definitely! 😀
i believe i have all these ingredients…
happy snow day! i wish i could say the same here 😦
Ooh yum! Those granola bars look fantastic!
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Those look so good! Is there anything I could use in place of the molasses? Maybe honey?
Honey goes really, really well with this recipe! It has a much more mild flavor than the molasses, which lets the other ingredients truly shine. 😀
I made this recipe with a few alterations: canola oil rather than olive, a touch more oats, omitted the chocolate and pb in favor of using Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut butter, and I ended up crumbling the finished product into granola rather than bars. Thank you so much for the recipe!! 🙂 Oh and I will be making your chocolate almond butter soon. It looks delicious!
Mmm…I love the alterations you made. That sounds absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing! 😀