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I am so excited for the Holidays. I love the foods and treats that are associated with it. Nutmegs, spices, and of course eggnog. I enjoy baking at this time of year for those flavors. The Holidays are a great time to find simple but delicious recipes. It helps to simplify this time of year. It gives you more time to enjoy the season for what it is.
Holiday guests are always welcome in our home. It is a little stressful to have guests this busy time of year, but it is always nice to be around family and friends. I like to make things easier for our guests and for myself by arranging a breakfast station in my kitchen. Guests can stay well fed and feel at home without having to dig through my pantry or fridge to find what they need.
We have this amazing command center in our home that I love to use for our guests breakfast station. Either in the morning or the night before I will set everything out our guests will need for the next morning. I will set out my granola bars, hot chocolate, fruit and cereal.
I will also have out dishes and spoons. I will set out cute paper or plastic bowls, spoons and cups. The less dishes you have to clean the more time you can spend with your guests.
A few years back I made this delicious granola bar recipe. It helped me with breakfast on the go. They are easy to grab and head to work, games, recitals, anything. Around the holidays you need simplicity and ease. These bars certainly aid in my constant need for simplicity! When I bake granola bars I like to use the Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds. It gives my bars a delicious taste, they are crunchy and filling. It's low sodium and isn't packed with artificial fruits and flavors.
How to make these delicious bars:
I like to prep my work space, line my baking sheets or grease them. I gather all my ingredients and measure them accordingly. This helps with clean up.
In a saucepan you are going to add your honey, butter and brown sugar. Cook this over low to medium heat until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. The sugar should be dissolved.
Remove mixture from heat and add the extract of your choice. I love almond extract. Add in the Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds. Stir until everything is well mixed!
Pour mixture into lined baking sheet. Pressing the mixture into the pan. Smooth with spatula.
Chill for 2-3 hrs. Pull mixture out of pan and cut into bars.
Set them out for your guests to enjoy!
Base Granola Bar Recipe
by Cayli Johnson December-12-2016
The base recipe can be made plain or you may add your favorite cereal or treat to add flavor.
3/4 cup Assorted Ingredients ( coconut, peanut butter, pretzels etc.)
Use a silicone baking sheet or a parchment lined baking sheet. In a small sauce pan add honey butter and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat. Cook until the butter melts and the sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and add in the almond extract or vanilla whichever you prefer. Add in the Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds and stir.Now add any of your extra ingredients. PB&J= 1 Tblsp of Almond Butter + 1 tsp JamPretzel= 1/4 cup chopped pretzelsBlueberry= 1/4 cup dried blueberriesCranberry= 1/4 cup craisinsCoconut= 1/4 cup coconut flakesPour mixture into pan lined with silicone or parchment paper, smooth with a spatula. Press mixture into the panChill the bars for 2-3 hrs then cut into bar shapes.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 10
Check out more ideas like this here. I got everything I needed from my local Walmart. You can find Quaker® Simply Granola Oats, Honey Raisin & Almonds and more HERE.