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Peanut butter granola bars (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)

Homemade snacks are a favorite in my house, especially if they involve peanut butter.

With all of the Halloween candy floating around this week, these granola bars will be a great way to enjoy a treat that tastes great but is full of protein and fiber, unlike the empty calories in many of the store-bought treats.  

One very important part of making these or any granola bars is to allow them to cool completely.  

I actually let these cool to room temperature and then put them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour to allow them to really harden up.

If you are looking for some delicious holiday recipes and some fun craft ideas, mark your calendar for this year’s Season of Wonders event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, at Lane Agri-Park Community Center.  

I will be performing a live cooking demonstration, which will include a recipe booklet and samples.

The cost is only $5, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Admission to shop from local vendors is free. There will also be crafts and a homemade lunch.

This is an event you do not want miss. I can’t wait to share the day comparing recipes with you.

Peanut butter granola bars

• 4 cups old fashioned oats
• 2/3 cup almonds
• 2/3 cup honey
• 2/3 cup peanut butter
• 1/4 cup canola oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
    (or semi-sweet)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl until everything is evenly incorporated.
3. Press the mixed ingredients into greased 13- by 9-inch dish very firmly.
4. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until the edges are golden in color.
5. Let the granola cool completely.
6. Then cut the granola into squares.

Tagged under  Cooking, Cooking Up Dreams, Food, Halloween, Living Well, Recipe

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