One of my goals for this year is to update my Link Love page, and since today is all about love, I figured it would be a great time to start. I read so many great blogs, and I haven't been sharing them with you—bad blogger! Although, it's not that I've been keeping them a secret, it's just that I haven't had the time to list them on my Link Love page for you to find (and enjoy) for yourself. That's about to change, starting with Chocolate-Covered Katie.
Back in January, Katie posted a recipe for Copycat Nature Valley Granola Bars. This recipe both intrigued me and reminded me of my days in college. Nature Valley bars were forever my go-to snack in between class or during those late-night study sessions. I liked the Oats 'n Honey flavor, but LOVED the Peanut Butter version even more. (It seriously is a good thing I'm not allergic to peanuts.)
Feeling inspired by her recipe, I set out to make my own version—with, of course, some peanut butter. What resulted was a set of granola bars that didn't last in my house because they were stupid good:
CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA BARS
Inspiration: Copycat Nature Valley Granola Bars, Chocolate-Covered Katie
• 1 cup oats
• 1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped
• 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
• 1/4 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
• 3 tbsp honey
• 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1) Preheat your oven to 350F.
2) Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients separately. Combine.
3) Pour mix into an 8x8" baking pan. Line it with parchment if you'd like, otherwise a nonstick or glass pan'll be fine. Press the mix down into the pan. I mean, really press it.
4) Bake 15 minutes. Let cool for half an hour before cutting into it, otherwise it'll just crumble.
These store well in plastic baggies without any need to keep them separated. And if you end up with a ton of crumbles, as bars like these are known to produce, keep 'em. They make a great oatmeal topper.
Speaking of oatmeal, yesterday was National Oatmeal Day. I had no idea, otherwise I would have had some oats for breakfast to honor such a wonderful thing. I would have posted about it, too—yeah, no Dose yesterday. Little Miss Hannah had her cranky pants on all day. Believe you me that I actually started this post yesterday, but alas, I could never find the time to complete it.
I did, however, manage to get to the gym yesterday—for some strength training! Man, missed those weights. Hannah hung out in the nursery, while I did the following:
It's good to be back, though. I do so love it.
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