Welcome and Blessings!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Friday, March 2, 2007

Homemade Granola Bars (Crunchy Oat Bar)

This recipe is simple to make, quick to bake, and tasty as can be! I usually make a quadruple batch and put them in a 17 1/2 " x 11 1/2" cookie sheet, for a triple batch a 15 1/2" x 10 " (standard size) cookie sheet, a double batch a 13 1/2" x 9" cookie sheet, and single batch a 8"-9" square pan with straight sides.

Single batch recipe:

3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (I use raw sugar.)
1 tablespoon honey (You can use more for a chewier texture and you can substitue corn syrup.)
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (I don't use this much.)
Optional: You can add 2 T ground flax seed to the oat mixture.
Another option: Add 6 oz. miniature chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 375°F and spray or grease your pan. Cream margarine and sugar. Add honey. Sprinkle premeasured oats with salt and cinnamon. Mix oats into creamed mixture. Flatten and spread mixture evenly in pan, I use my rolling pin and a sheet of waxed paper to flatten in a large cookie sheet. Bake at 375°F for 17 minutes only. While the bars are still warm use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into bars. Allow to cool, (although they are yummy right out of the oven) and break apart. If your bars set too hard to cut, put in a warm oven for 1 minute, then cut through.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!
In Christ Alone,

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