Well, friends, I’m happy to report that my daughter, Eleanor, was born three weeks (almost 4!) ago and she’s doing amazing and we are surviving the sleepless nights and the toddler-sister adjustment without too many scrapes and bruises. Life is certainly different than it was just a month ago. But it’s also a billion times sweeter. Here’s my new family (pics taken by my wonderful friend, Katrina):
It’s remarkable how little time in the day I actually can get things done, which explains further why posting recipes took a very, very far back burner to everything else. I also didn’t cook a single thing for two weeks. It felt weird, but it was nice to have a break. We have remarkable friends who brought us dinner for nearly two whole weeks and then it was Thanksgiving and although we didn’t travel, we certainly cooked! And a few of those recipes will come in the following weeks. I wanted to post an easy and satisfying snack for my first post back, because that’s what I need in my new life, now, and honestly, I’m hungry all the time while nursing a baby around the clock. I find myself insanely hungry when Eleanor wakes up for her 2 a.m. feed but too tired to go to the kitchen to find something and so I fixed that problem yesterday by making some truly crave-worthy granola bars. Chewy, almost falling apart, no-bake, and filled with my favorite things – namely, dark chocolate, apricots and almonds.
I hope you enjoy these and I am looking forward to getting back in the kitchen around the baking-est time of the year. 🙂
Chewy Dark Chocolate Apricot Granola Bars
makes about 16-24
2 cups puffed rice cereal
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 cup mix-ins (I used dark chocolate, dried apricots and some leftover trail mix that had almonds and raisins – you use what you can find!)
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
Combine the dry ingredients into a large bowl. In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, sugar, salt and peanut butter and let it come to a boil for about a minute. Remove from heat and pour over the dry ingredients (if you don’t want your chocolate melting, add it after you get everything else combined. I didn’t care and it didn’t melt that much). Stir until fully incorporated and then press in either a 13×9 greased baking dish, or like I did, a rimmed sheet pan (for slightly thinner bars). Let it cool completely and then slice and store.