Oh, you guys. It has been snowing. And snowing.

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And then snowing some more.

Really, we got a lot of snow. And to think two days ago I thought maybe spring might come a little earlier up here in the mountains.

Yeah, right. Those days of awesome sunshine and 30 degrees temps were short. Too short.

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My die hard snowboarder brothers are pretty happy. Apparently, it was a major pow, pow day (Pow, pow is a lot of snow. I asked, they rolled their eyes.).

Ah, welcome to my life. Snowboard talk 24/7. Most the time I have no idea what everyone is talking about. I am in my own world thinking about Flourless Chocolate Cakes, Spring Pasta and those cute as can be Easter straws I got at Target thanks to Jessica.

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So I tuned out the snowboard talk and day dreamed about Florida and palm trees and 80 degree weather. All while I stood by the heater (that is duct taped together, because the neck broke in half, jimmy rigged I think my dad calls it) that never leaves my side (never) and made granola bars.

Copy cat Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey bars. They are the real deal.

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My family loves these bars and I wanted to see if I could replicate them.

Mission accomplished! Oh, and they are SO easy. Like you need nine simple ingredients that you probably have on hand right now,  five minutes of prep time and a little love from the oven. Then your golden! Literally they come out all golden and your kitchen will smell AMAZING. The smell alone is reason enough to make these.

Seriously, they are healthy, easy and in my opinion way better than the store-bought! Make yum today and eat them as a snack all week long!

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Just Like Nature Valley’s Oats ‘n Honeys Bars…..Actually they

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 bars

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup rolled oats (use gluten free oats for a gluten free version)
1/2 cup rice crispies cereal
3 tablespoons cornmeal
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons canola oil or I like to sometimes use coconut oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 9x9 inch square pyrex dish with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the oats, rice crispies, cornmeal, salt and baking soda in a medium size mixing bowl. In a glass measuring cup or microwave safe bowl mix the honey and canola (or coconut oil). Place in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir to melt the coconut butter then add the vanilla and brown sugar. Whisk to combine and then mix the wet with the dry ingredients. Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared pyrex dish that is lined with parchment paper, and press down hard. I used the back of a measuring cup (spray or oil the bottom so it does not stick and press hard!) and it worked awesome!
  3. Place in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. The bars will be golden on top. Remove the bars (if your bars seem a little loose, I like to push down again on them to make sure the bars will hold together) and let the bars cool in the pan for 10-20 minutes then remove from the pan and then cut while the bars are firm, but still somewhat soft. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/just-like-nature-valleys-oats-n-honeys-bars-actually-they-are-better/

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

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Maybe the spring forward will bring some spring weather. Hey, I can hope. Right?

 

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