Ahh…and drizzled in chocolate too.
Because I really just get a little carried away sometimes.
I am not sorry in the least though. Nothing wrong with a little extra drizzle of the good stuff.
I know that it is only August twelfth and all, but apparently many kids are already headed back to school. Little Asher (not so little anymore – she is going to be six in a few weeks!) goes back the twentieth, but I know some kids are already back in school. Don’t the school officials know this is WAY too earlier to be back in school? August is still summer, and sitting in the classroom on a hot August day just does not sound fun… or fair.
Oh well, at least back to school means new notebooks, pencils, pretty colored pens, FALL BOOTS (I love fall and I LOVE boots) and snacks. Lots and lots of after school snacks. My favorite.
Back to school also means back to baking. I am so excited to start really baking again. I kind of miss all my crazy cupcakes, sweet bars and baked cookies. Sounds like I’m coming down with baking fever. Or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to turn my oven on! My bare legs are getting goosebumps because of our fall-like, cozy weather. It’s cold and dreary and the boys even had a bonfire going all day on Sunday.
It reminded me of a fall Sunday when I was a kid. The football game on and the fire roaring. The smells of fresh firewood burning and the crisp, cool air against my face. Those are some of the most comforting feelings to me.
I know, STOP. I will. My brain is stopping all fall thoughts now.
Thinking summer, summer, SUMMER! All month long.
And these bars couldn’t be a better representation of summer. I mean, I did stuff them with plenty of garden fresh zucchini.
Zucchini in the bars? Well, you can’t really see the zucchini, but it’s there. It’s actually good you can’t really see it because then the people who fear anything green don’t run screaming. Which would honestly be most of my family members. Whimps I tell you.
Anyway, these bars are SIMPLE. They can be made gluten free and vegan if need, which makes them perfect for everyone. I did bake them, but you do not have to if you don’t have time or it’s just too hot. BUT I highly recommend baking. Baking them makes them perfectly crisp on the outside, but soft and chewy in the middle. That’s a great combo.
My other littler secret? I probably slipped in a cup or so of whole grain Cheerios. Yeah, it’s a good idea.
To make things even better, the granola bars get dipped in a little chocolate. Ok, a lot of chocolate. I figure by the time school is out for the day everyone (adults included) are pretty much beat. Chocolate is the perfect little pick me up.
It works every time. Like a charm.
Things dipped in chocolate always make a day better!