School is back in session, my friends, which means I’m happy and sad.
I’m happy because:
a) As soon as school started (3 days ago) the weather became more like Fall, and you know how I feel about Fall.
b) Dave bought me some back-to-school supplies ( I gotta have my Zebra F-402s)
c) Most of my day is spent learning American Sign Language
I’m sad because:
a) My days are no longer free which means I have less time to bake, shoot and write.
b) Chevron is taking all my money (why is school 60 miles, roundtrip?)
c) Some of my classmates don’t realize that high school is over (let’s keep it drama-free, shall we?)
Still, I get to hang out with the cool, smart classmates and occasionally share my latest culinary adventure. This time around it’s Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars. What?
I’d never made my own granola bars before, but I learned how easy it was while testing recipes for Clabber Girl this summer (super-cool job, btw). I’m not sure why everybody doesn’t make their own. Perhaps, they’re newbies, like me. Or maybe they’re just intimidated by the millions of recipes on Pinterest (please forgive my hyberbolic-speak).
Want my advice? Choose a no-frills peanut butter granola bar and get started; I suggest this recipe by the always trustworthy Jessica from How Sweet Eats. I just added a ton of bacon (Jessica would be proud) and used maple syrup to sweeten the deal.
Now, if I could just figure out how to trade them for gas…
Recipe for Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars
Recipe for Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Granola Bars adapted from How Sweet Eats
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1T sesame seeds, optional
- ½ cup salted peanuts, chopped
- ¾ cup natural peanut butter, melted
- 2T butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 10 strips of bacon, cooked, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place parchment paper in 9 x 13 pan.Push down into corners and make sure that it overlaps.
- With your hands combine the oats, peanuts, bacon and sesame seeds(if using) in a large bowl.
- In a separate microwave safe bowl, melted peanut butter and butter; watch carefully.
- Pour melted peanut butter, butter and maple syrup into bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Place mixture in in pan. Press down evenly.
- Bake granola bars for 25 minutes.
- Cool bars in pan for 10 minutes.
- Lift out of pan an cut while still warm.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks (I like to keep mine in the frig).