Food for the Soul- Easy Granola Bars!

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Here’s Brandi Carson, one of HCFM’s Meal Masters With This Weeks Food For the Soul!

 

Hi! My name is Brandi Carson. I am a wife and mama of 5 little ones.

For me, in this crazy, busy season of life with my Littles, showing love to my children comes down to 1 Corinthians 13:4. Love. Is. Patient.  

There it is, sweet and simple. God says we need to have patience. This verse really speaks to my heart, ESPECIALLY because I am a busy mom.

My oldest 3 kiddos are girls and one thing they LOVE to do is help mom in the kitchen.  Having little helpers in the kitchen is HARD, especially when you are in a hurry and have other things that need to get done.

As moms, we will always have another chore to do, but sometimes we need to slow down and exercise patience with our kids by letting them work alongside us. When we do something that is difficult for us but something they enjoy, we can to show them how much we love them. More than anything, I want to show my children love in a way that speaks to their hearts.

Here is a quick, easy, and kid-friendly granola bar recipe I make with my children.  It can be customized to whatever flavors your kids or family prefer. My kids love to pick out different flavors each week. These granola bars are such a staple in our house we make two batches at once. They are great for breakfast or a snack when you are in a pinch for time.

If you are like me and like visuals, there are pictures at the bottom of the recipe! Enjoy!

Granola Bars                                              Print Recipe Here

Ingredients:

 3 cups old fashioned oats

 1 can sweetened condensed milk

 1/4 tsp. salt

 1/3 cup wheat germ or flax seed mill (optional)

 1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional)

 1/2-1 cup flavorings

Flavor options:

 peanut butter

 chocolate chip and peanut butter

 honey

 pumpkin, cinnamon, and/or chocolate chips

 cinnamon raisin or mixed fruit

 coconut

 coconut chocolate chip

 chocolate chip

 chocolate (1 tbsp. cocoa powder)

 or any other flavors which you or your family like

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. If using peanut butter melt in microwave for a few seconds. Let cool

before adding any chocolate chips, if using.

3. Spray a 9×13 pan.

4. Pour mixed filling in the pan. Wet hands and press firmly down (like you would with rice crispy treats)

5. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

6. Let cool and cut into 16-24 bars.

7. Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Go to your nearest Wal- Mart (or any grocery store) and get what you need!

FYI, Wal-Mart now does online ordering! This busy mama’s life just got easier!

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Here’s all of the ingredients after being mixed!

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And of course, have your helpers press the granola into the pan! But remember to be patient! 🙂

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Here’s me, my husband Kassidy and all of our wonderful Littles!

Brandi Carson

Brandi Carson

Hey mamas, My name is Brandi Carson, and I am a homeschooling mama to 5 littles, first generation Christian, lover of food, friends, and dark chocolate, frugal thrift shopper who loves to find a good deal or a new project to work on and create. I am a mama that became a Christian after I started having babies.

My husband and I got married very young and started a family right away. Life has been a series of many trials that we have had to work through, like having a daughter with severe ADHD, moving to 4 different states in 2 years, health problems and just life in general. Through the years the Lord has shown me so much grace and love and has taught me so much about how to be humble, show love and grace.

Each day I strive to be the best mama and wife I can be and fulfill the calling the Lord has placed in my life. I have a passion to help other mamas in any way I can. I am still a work in progress and make mistakes like everyone else and am nowhere near perfect but I am learning to pick myself up, forgive myself and keep seeking the Lord in all I do.

We are finally settled in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado for the past few years where the Lord has allowed us to build a house and grow roots. He brought me the Help Club for Moms and the amazing community I get to be a part of.
Brandi Carson

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8 Comments on “Food for the Soul- Easy Granola Bars!”

  1. Yay Brandi! Thank you for the easy recipe. My three girls also love helping me in the kitchen. Thanks for the reminder to be patient and allow them to help and have fun. You are one blessed mama! 🙂

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