The Artful Year | Granola Bar Recipe

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Cranberry Granola Bars

2 Cups Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Cup Almond Meal
1/2 C Whole Wheat Flour
1 t. Cinnamon
1 t. Salt
1 C Dried Cranberries
1/3 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 C. Honey
1 egg
2 t. Vanilla.

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a 9 x 13″ baking pan with baking paper.
  • 2. Mix the oats, almond meal, flour, cinnamon, salt, cranberries, and chocolate chips in a bowl.
  • 3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Whisk in the honey, then the egg and vanilla. Pour the butter mixture into the last mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • 4. Press the dough into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • 5. Cool partially and cut into bars.

It is important to cut these before they have completely cooled or these bars will crumble. I carefully used our large letter cookie cutters at this point, as well. Once cut, I waited to move the shapes until the bars were completely cooled or quickly W’s can turn into V’s.

6. Store the bars, wrapped in the fridge or freezer.
Enjoy! We are! I can’t keep up with the demand for these. Thank you, Jean, for sharing this lovely book of creating and a recipe that’s already a house favorite.
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I’ve recently received a copy of  Jean Van’t Hul’s new book: The Artful Year, Celebrating The Seasons and Holidays with Crafts and Recipes and want to share it with you. Things like this make having a blog extra fun because, guess what:  I have one book for you, too.

Follow me below for details to enter and have breakfast with us:  This is our table this morning.

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I’ve recently shared a post for Swedish Snowball Lanterns with The Artful Parent and you visited Jean’s site at that time?  If you don’t already know The Artful Parent, it is a creative family blog based on such natural, warm, family creativity. There’s an authenticity that comes through right down to the flow of the book which has almost 200 crafts, activities and recipes for a creative family. I love that it’s broken down by seasons and Jean even writes in her introduction to take your time, turn over a page to return too. With her book on hand, I now have all that I need to success in building a Bean Pole Tee Pee this summer.  The Painted Bunny Crowns caught my eye as fun project to make with a group of pre-schoolers in the week ahead. I think this will make a great gift, too.

(All of the above images in this post are from breakfast in our home;  but, you can see a page from Jean’s book in the lower, right-hand, corner. Yum!)Jean’s recipe for Granola Bars caught my imagination; looking like a perfect breakfast on the run for one of our late sleepers, today;  as well as a great snack that was packed up for a Museum Field trip for another.  They’re extremely easy to make and delicious.  I wanted to use Jean’s recipe but send her back a “post card of an idea” for sharing the book with me. I used this delicious recipe that’s classically shaped and cut Granola Bar Letters with it.  W-E L-O-V-E T-H-E-M. (and hope that you will, too)

I have a weakness for shapes and letters and was happy when I tried cutting these out into letters, as well.  We’ve started a breakfast or two with the kid’s monograms or a message. The kids current preferred dried fruit is dried Blueberries which was an easy substitution.


I’m so happy to meet you here and to meet your friends. Thank you for joining me and thank you for spreading the word to make the world a happy place to raise happy, healthy, creative young movers and makers with me!  Willowday Wishes