Canucks – Despite their terrible performances in Boston, they have had an amazing season and playoff run I know they are going to bring home the cup. It may not have been tonight but it will happen. Stanley has never belonged to Vancouver but I am pretty sure he would like it here. We are good people.
Homemade Granola Bars – I am no chef but I like to think I have some pretty stellar baking abilities. And I don’t mean I open a package of cupcake mix add water and pop it in the oven, I enjoy the real thing, measuring, mixing and licking spoons and spatulas. This past week I made a batch of homemade granola bars and they were awesome. You may think that I am biased to my own work, but a few other people tried them and agreed, so take that! Even better, they are so easy to make and you can avoid all the preservatives that are in the prepackaged ones. Use the recipe below and try them out at home.
Homemade Granola Bars
1 large very ripe banana
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup coconut
1/3 cup pecans
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups quick cooking oats
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mash the banana with a fork and then add the canola oil and brown sugar. Mix well until there are no sugar lumps left.
In another smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and oats. Mix into the wet ingredients and add in chocolate chips, pecans and coconut.
Pour and pat batter into a greased square 8 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.