Well, I have some exciting news. After much thought about this blog and where I see it going, I just thought the name, Better By The Bite no longer suits what I (now) enjoy blogging about. Yes, I still love to bake and enjoy making DIY crafts but now I have a little girl—Miss Harper, my miniature sidekick—and I want to write not just about her but all that comes along with being a first time mom and a sassy one at that. Just because I’m a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) doesn’t mean I lounge around all day in jammies and a robe (although some days that’s exactly what I’d like to do).
This new blog will be full of fun recipes, crafts, and advice on what’s working for us- getting Harper to sleep through the night, products I couldn’t live without, and some fashion and fitness tips thrown in there. So what is this new blog called, you ask? None other than… “The Sassy Momma”. It’s not up and running just yet but I am planning to have it up within the next couple of months. So, in an effort to make the transition smoother, I have started to put “The Sassy Momma” on all of my photos and will be referring to the new blog from time-to-time. I hope you follow me over there, it’s sure to have some sass and it will be a whole lotta fun!
Ok, I thought I’d share a little recipe I came across from a fellow blogger, Miss Shawna at styleberryblog. These homemade granola bars are absolutely delicious! I’ve tried making homemade granola in the past and they either end up too crunchy (I feel like I may chip a tooth) or too soggy. This recipe hits the nail on the head. It is very easy to make… my husband and I have already made two batches. Can you say yum?
Homemade Granola Bars
Adapted from here
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups sliced almonds
- 1 cup crushed peanuts (or pistachios, walnuts, etc.)
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup honey
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1-2 cups chopped dried fruit (I use a whole bag of dried apricots and a big scoop of raisins)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking dishes with parchment paper. (I use a 9×13 cake pan and an 8×8 glass baking dish)
- Toss the oats, nuts, wheat germ and coconut together on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Reduce temperature to 300 degrees.
- Place butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large saucepan and bring to simmer over low-medium heat. Cook and stir for one minute, then pour in the toasted oatmeal mixture. Add dried fruit and stir well.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dishes and use spatula to pat mixture down so it’s even.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. If it’s not cooked enough, they will crumble and break. I like to use the spatula once again to pat down mixture and make sure it’s even.
- Cool for at least 2 hours and then cut into rectangles.