I woke up this morning legit thinking, “How on earth could it be Monday morning again?!” Like I get it, as a person I understand that once every week we will encounter a Monday but as a mother who feels more exhausted today than when I went to bed Friday night (at 9:00pm BTW…let that exciting thought sink in…I had nothing to do but go to bed at 9:00pm! Anyways…) I just can’t believe that we are already enduring another Monday.
You probably don’t know this about me yet but I am a pretty big meal planner. And not in the sense of like I figure out everything I am going to make for dinner for the week and make an elaborate shopping list in which I can check off items as I put them in my cart. LOL sorry, even that thought of some day being that person makes me chuckle because as much as I wish that was me, I am more the grab the reusable bags and hit the store when I have the least amount of other people with me and wing it type person. But I meal plan in a sense in which I make everything I will need for breakfast and lunches for the whole week on Sundays so that I don’t need to run around like a crazy person more than necessary on week days.
I am a sucker for granola bars, all different kinds of course but I stopped buying them awhile ago because I couldn’t get on board with a number of things I was seeing like the increasing price of good quality granola bars, the plastic that was wasted on individual packing of single serve bars, not to mention buying food that has a shelf life longer than some of the ingredients you currently have in your home. So instead of living without granola bars, something that would have been heartbreaking to me, I decided I would make my own.
I have a few different recipes that I promise to share at some point but this recipe is a quick and easy no bake recipe for when you don’t have a lot of prep time but would still like to keep it healthy. This always happens to me on Sunday nights when I am running thru what has to be done for the week, before I know it it’s 11:00pm and I have put away the wine for the night and realize I don’t have any snacks made…EMERGENCY…so after I take the wine back out (and only after I take the wine back out) I get to making these!
Not only is this recipe no bake, but it easy enough to whip together late on a Sunday night after one or two (we will stick with that) glasses of your favorite “OMG its Monday already tomorrow” wine.
- 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup of almonds (shaved or slivered…or a combination of both)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of all natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 favorite dried fruit, I recommend cranberry but anything that you like really (the pictures don’t have fruit in them…my fault as I had run out earlier in my prep and before my wine)
- A handful of seeds (chia, flax, sunflower) anything you desire
- In a bowl, like the fabulous pink one pictured above, combine the oats, almonds, chocolate chips and dried fruits and seeds. Mix well.
- In a pan melt together the honey and peanut butter until mixed well but not boiling.
- Pour the honey and peanut butter mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly so that all the dry ingredients are covered.
- Line a pie pan with parchment paper and pour mixture into the pie pan. Spread it out evenly and cover with aluminum foil. Next put this in the fridge for two hours to cool and harden.
- Once the granola is cooled and hardened, cut into bars. This recipe should make 8-10 good sized granola bars.
- Store in the fridge.
And that’s it folks…just like that. Homemade yumminess in a few quick steps with ingredients you probably have lying around your kitchen anyways. This Manic Monday has me pulling my (unwashed) hair out and wondering how is it the afternoon already and I feel like I have completed nothing at all, but at least I will have a snack! What does this Manic Monday have you wondering?