1 Peter 1:3
Mercy!!!!!Oh how thankful I am that God is full of great mercy....mercy that the Bible says is new every morning!!!!!! So glad He doesn't give what I deserve!!!!!
Days like today really make me feel alive! I love it when the sun is shining and the birds are singing and the weeds that you mow in your backyard are still green!!!!! (If you have real grass, you can be all the more thankful that it won't be yellowish brown and prickly in a month!!!!)
Anyhoo, on a day like today, we headed out to hike up through Forest Falls, so I put a batch of these in the oven...and let me tell you , the SMELL alone is soooo satisfying- but you WILL want to eat them too!!!!!!
I was planning to just make granola, but for the portability factor, I decided to make these granola BARS instead- they are chewy and oh sooooo good for you!!!!!! Okay, maybe that last part is something of a stretch, but they ARE called granola, so how bad could they be?????And they ARE good!!!!
First preheat your oven to 350° .
And here's what you'll need on hand:
2 1/2 c.oats
1 1/2 c. sugar
2/3 c. oat flour (oats ground in the blender)
2/3 c. almond flour
1/2 -3/4 c. coconut
1 1/2 t. salt
2 T. orange zest (if you like that sort of thing)
combine all these ingredients.....
then combine these ingredients
12 T. melted butter
2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. of sticky stuff...corn syrup, maple syrup honey...or a combo....
2 t. apple juice
|ahhhhhhhh.....all the best parts!!!!!|
Then stir the butter mixture into the oat mixture
2 c. Trader Joes Fruit/Nut Trek mix
1 c. golden raisins
....and because you are going to burn off all these calories hiking.....
add the leftover bag of chocolate chips that are begging to be used!!!!!
the combo will look something like this.....
when I eat these, I feel like I am doing something wonderful for myself.....or at least I feel like I am TASTING something wonderful.....I cannot confirm which!!!!! You can decide for yourself!!!!
...and speaking of handsome.....