Chewy Granola Bars
4 ½ cups oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup butter
2/3 cup lite corn syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease on 9x13” pan. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips). Stir in chocolate
chips. Press into pan & bake for 18-22 minutes. Let cool for ten minutes, and
then cut into bars.
These are (by far) one of our favorite snacks to have on hand. I individually wrap
the bars in saran wrap and keep them in a basket by the door. They are great for
snacking on, for breakfast, or to pop in your children’s lunchbox. You can make these with any variety of ingredients so you don’t have to limit yourself to chocolate
chips. These can be made with butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, raisins,
dried cranberries, or anything else you might have on hand. Pick your favorite combination
and just see if you can keep them for longer than a day!
If you find that the batter is too crumbly (this happens on occasion) you can add
a little honey or extra corn syrup to hold it together.
Quick Apple Crisp
5 Granny Smith apples
1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons cinnamon
¼ cup butter or margarine melted
Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel, core, & slice apples. Place apples in a baking
dish. Combine cake mix, sugar, oats, cinnamon, and butter. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve
with whipped topping, if desired.
This is my favorite quick recipe to prepare when we have company for dinner. I spoon
the mixture into coffee mugs, top with whipped cream, and then sprinkle the tops
with cinnamon. It looks really pretty and it is always enjoyed by our guests.
Banana Crumb Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cups white sugar
1 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 T butter
Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease ten muffin cups or line with muffin papers.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another
bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture
into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Cut the butter until
mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins. Bake in preheated
oven for eighteen to twenty minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of
muffins comes out clean.
These muffins look like something you would purchase from a bakery with their beautiful
streusel topping. I wrap these individually and keep them in a basket by our door
to be munched on throughout the day. These are one of our favorite treats!