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Chewy Granola Bars (for lawyers)

18 Mar


After making these last Sunday, all week I basically handed these out at work like gold stars for everyone who was helping me on a deal I’ve been buried neck-deep in for the last few months. I’ve been spending an awful lot of time with a few lawyers, whom I really highly respect, and who have great humor about everything we put them through.


Attorneys deserve homemade granola bars!

This recipe was adapted from an Ina Garten recipe.


  • 2 c rolled oatmeal (not quick oats)
  • 1 c sliced almonds
  • 1 c coconut flake (I used sweetened)
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice (I used whole grain puffed rice cereal)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 1/3 c corn syrup
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (craisins, cherries, raisins, apricots)


  • Preheat to 350. Line a rimmed baking sheet with silpat or parchment. In a large bowl, toss together oats, almonds, and coconut. Layer evenly on baking sheet and bake for ~10 min, stirring often so nothing burns. You want the mixture slightly browned.
  • Transfer the mixture back to the large bowl. Add in the puffed rice. 
  • Reduce the oven temp to 300. Place the butter, honey, corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oat mixture. Add the dried fruit and stir together using a spatula.
  • Lay out parchment paper in a deep casserole pan. Pour the mixture into the pan. Wet your fingers and press the mixture evenly and firmly into the pan. Bake for 25 minutes, until light golden brown. Cool for at least 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.

Homemade Lara Bars (Coconut Cherry-Date)

27 Sep

I’ve been reading all over creation that you can make healthy bars at home. So after reading a bunch of recipes, I made up my own… These are SO tasty, and only contain dried fruits and nuts!


  • 3/4 c. almonds
  • 3/4 c. pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. raisins
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut flake


  • Process nuts and salt in a food processor, until it is coarse (not too ground, with a few nice chunks). Pour nuts into a large bowl.
  • Process dates, cherries, raisins, and coconut oil in a food processor until it makes a big ball.
  • Mix the date mixture into the nut mixture with your hands until thoroughly mixed. Add coconut flake and mix further.
  • Press the mixture into a ball. Using a silpat on a baking sheet, press and flatten ball into a rectangle on the silpat. Cut into the size you’d like– I made 10.

White Chocolate Cherry Bark

5 Feb

Yum. I’m rediscovering white chocolate. In honor of absolutely nothing at all, I made “bark” today. So freaking easy. So freaking tasty.


  • 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c dried cherries or cranberries, or if you’re like me, you’ll want to use both
  • 1/4 c slivered almonds (I didn’t have these, so I’m going to pretend these were in here)


  • Melt chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup for ~2 min, taking it out to stir every 30 seconds
  • Spread out parchment over something flat. I used a cutting board.
  • Pour the melted chocolate onto the dried fruit and nuts, which you should have in a medium bowl. Stir until everything is coated. Then pour and flatten on your parchment sheet.
  • Freeze for 10 min and then break up into pieces of awesomeness.

White Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookies

22 Jan

Rafe and I have been making cookie dough, and balling up the dough and freezing it, so that whenever we want cookies, we can just toss a few of the balls into the oven and have like 4 or 6, instead of a gazillion. It’s really nice to be able to just say, on a random, Tues night, I want cookies, and be able to make them… So I made a batch this afternoon, and just baked 6 for us to have today, and froze the rest.

Anyway, this is one of the kinds of cookies that we made to give out in our out-of-town gift bags for our wedding. I love these. Hands down, my favorite cookie variety.


  • 1/2 c butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 c splenda sugar blend (or 1 c regular sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 c dried cherries
  • 1/2 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c chopped macadamia nuts


  • Preheat to 325
  • Cream butter and sugar with electric beater. Add in egg and vanilla, continue to beat.
  • Whisk dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, salt)
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet, a little at a time.
  • Then fold in the cherries, chocolate chips, and nuts.
  • Bake for 10-12 min or until slightly golden.