When you have a lot of food blogger friends, you end up with a lot of friends writing and publishing really cool cookbooks! I have another one of those cookbooks to share with you this week from my friend Catherine McCord of Weelicious.
Catherine is every bit as cute and sweet as her recipes. She is gracious and kind and generous and I am so grateful to know her!
Her second book Weelicious Lunches just came out and it’s great! The photography is beautiful, there are SO many recipes to choose from, and my kids were excited to read through the book to get ideas for their lunches (something I always need help with). This book is great inspiration if you’re looking for wholesome and delicious lunch inspiration for your kids (or even yourself!).
I have been wanting to make my own granola bars for some time now. I’m on Year Two of trying to use less plastic and one of the specific goals I set for myself this year was to replace some or all of the store-bought snacks that we regularly include in packed lunches, including granola bars. I haven’t really found a recipe that caught my eye until my review copy of Catherine’s book arrived last week. She has a simple granola bar recipe in the book that looked like just what I needed!
The granola bars are wonderful (recipe below!). They are a little bit crispy, a little bit chewy, with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of salt. I’ve already eaten a few and they’ve only been out of the oven for an hour! Cate and Owen are equally as addicted. The best part was the bars were so easy to prepare and the ingredients are accessible and inexpensive, making this a much more affordable option than buying granola bars. Plus, we’re using less packaging, contributing to our family’s environmental goals. Yay for homemade granola bars!
The giveaway is now closed. Thank you!
And, of course, we are giving away Catherine’s book! Two of you lucky commenters will each receive a copy of Weelicious Lunches. Please leave a comment on this post by Midnight PT on Wednesday, September 18.
Good luck to you all with the giveaway! And happy granola bar cooking!
Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
From Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips (or raisins or other dried fruit) Jane note: I used mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine the oats, flour, coconut, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and salt in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the canola oil, vanilla and honey.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine. (Jane note: stir and stir and stir!)
5. Spread the granola mixture on the baking sheet and shape it into a large rectangle about 1 inch thick.
6. Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden and dry to the touch. (Jane note: mine cooked for 35 minutes.)
7. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then cut into 3 x 1 inch bars using a serrated knife. These bars will remain fresh for several weeks if wrapped individually in parchment or wax paper. (Jane note: I am planning to store in an airtight container.)
I had a box of brown crisped rice cereal and I love it when granola bars have crispies in them, so I modified things a bit. Since I was adding dry ingredients, I upped the amounts for some of the other ingredients. Here are my modifications:
- Add 1 cup brown crisped rice cereal to the dry ingredients
- Increase to 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
- Make the 1/3 cup packed brown sugar heaping
- Used 5/8 cup of canola oil
- Used 5/8 cup honey