Granola Bar Cookies

I love the recipes I find on Food Gawker and have been especially inspired by all the granola bar recipes I’ve found including this one from This Homemade Life. The kids love them and I can add whatever I have in the cupboard like chocolate chips, nuts, raisins, cranberries, etc. and there are no complaints.

Granola Cookie Bar
1/2 Cup room temperature butter
1 cup maple syrup (or 1 1/4 cup brown sugar)
1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons water, whipped to egg yolk consistency
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of mix-ins (chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, granola)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or foil.

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and maple sypup (or brown sugar option). Add in the flax/water mixture and vanilla. Beat until well combined, scraping bowl between additions if necessary.

In separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into the wet ingredients until well combined.

Stir in the combination of mix-ins you’ve chosen. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and smooth out the top.

Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and edged pull away from pan. Remove from oven and cool on rack. Once bars have cooled, use the parchment or foil to lift out of pan onto a cutting board. Cut into bars for serving.

Give them a try! You wont be disappointed!

Pray for Colleen

I realize that some friends may not have Facebook, so I thought I’d add a post about Luke’s mom. If you think of her, please lift her in prayer.

A few weeks ago, Colleen fell and couldn’t walk. She was taken to the hospital and after tests were done, they found out that she has Lymphoma and the reason she could not walk was because she has two holes in her bone. The original idea is that she would be admitted into a care home that specializes in physical therapy to strengthen her leg so they could do surgery to add a rod to help her walk again. Well, after getting pneumonia, changing medications several times and then loosing feeling in her feet and legs has halted any progress. Thankfully today, Colleen was able to wiggle her toes and move her ankle. Thank you, Jesus! Just last week the doctors were talking about amputating or the possibility that she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, so this is great news. Now we wait for second biopsy to find out the best treatment for the Lymphoma. Please pray for Colleen and Paul as they walk through this trial. Pray God would give them discernment to make wise choices and that through the struggle, Gods strength and love would help them persevere.