Thursday, 8 August 2013

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Earlier this year, I found a great website with a lot of delicious homemade recipes at I made homemade pepperoni a couple of times and I made these granola bars for the second time in a week last night. All of us love them, and they are a healthy snack and/or "on the go" breakfast for Pete and Allison on the way to work/school. The original recipe comes from I will be checking her blog later today for more nutritious recipes.

As we sell local honey at our Farmers' Market stand, I will be making recipe cards later today to distribute with this recipe - in my own little way to help promote better food locally versus the commercially bought preservative-filled crap that fills our grocery aisles. If you make these, please leave me a comment. My first batch was made with a combination peanut butter/chocolate chips, and this most recent batch with just regular chocolate chips. Both are delicious!

(Photo courtesy of Tammy's recipes site)

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
4-1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the butter, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and oats. Stir until well mixed (I use a mixer on low). Mixture will be soft, fluffy, and somewhat crumbly. Stir in chocolate chips.

Press mixture into a lightly-greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 18-22 minutes until edges are just starting to brown. Remove from oven and place dish on a wire rack to cool.

After bars have cooled for 10 minutes, use a smooth-bottomed measuring cup or glass to press the bars flat (I use an 8-oz jelly jar and roll it over the top in a criss-cross pattern). This will smoosh the bars down. Allow to finish cooling and then cut into the desired size (usually 12 to 18 bars) with a pizza cutter or thin sharp knife.

Store in a sealed container or bag at room temperature for up to a week, or freeze for later use.


Sorry I have been so sluggish about blogging...

It has been a busy summer here at the farm! Pete and I have learned how to process our own poultry (we have done chickens and ducks thus far, and will be doing turkeys in a couple of weeks). In fact, we have a few we need to do tonight to take to the Farmers' Market on Saturday. We have really enjoyed it, and for those of you who do the same, I don't need to tell you the difference when you are enjoying a dinner of something you have grown/raised yourself - both taste and pride-wise. We have sold some chickens from the batch we did last weekend, and we already have Thanksgiving turkey orders. We will be trying our hands at making some homemade turkey sausages when we do our first batch of turkeys in a couple of weeks.

All in all, life is grand here on Nowacki Farms. Pete and I often sit out in our rocking chairs on the deck (which makes us sound like senior citizens!) and enjoy our time together taking in the splendor that surrounds us and being thankful for how fortunate we are to be living the lifestyle we have.

I hope you have a delightful day!
:o) jenn