Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chocolate Egg Granola Bars (Frugal Food Thursday)

chocolate eggs
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I recently had the chance to give coconut oil from Tropical Traditions a try.  (I'll have a review and giveaway for Tropical Traditions coconut oil soon!)  I've never cooked with coconut oil, so I used the Swagbucks toolbar to look for recipes.

I found a great recipe for Homemade Chewy Granola Bars from Heavenly Homemakers.  It looked really easy and yummy.  So I clicked "I like it!" on my StumbleUpon toolbar.

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The recipe called for 1 cup of assorted mix-ins, such as dried fruit or chocolate chips.  I decided to use some leftover chocolate eggs from a great deal I got on Reese's Easter candy - 75% off! I chopped them up and threw them in - they worked out really well.

But if you don't have any leftover Easter candy, just use 1 cup of dried fruit or chocolate chips!

Based on a recipe from Heavenly Homemakers

1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup Reese's Chocolate Easter Eggs (about 6), chopped finely

Line an 8x8 baking pan with wax paper.  Spread the butter on the top of the wax paper.

In a medium saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil.  Cook over medium-low heat until melted and well combined.  Remove from heat.  Add the oats and mix until the oats are covered.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes, then add the chocolate eggs.

Using a spatula, spread the mixture into the 8x8 pan.  Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until solid.  Remove wax paper and cut into squares.

Makes 16 granola bar squares.

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Carla and Michael May 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM  

Always wanted to try cooking with coconut oil, though I'm a bit intimidated by it. I keep oogling it in the grocery store,but haven't purchased it as of yet. Guess I'm going to just have to give in and try it. Thanks for the party and have a great upcoming week-end.

The Cyclist's Wife May 10, 2012 at 3:26 PM  

Hi thanks for hosting! This week I'm sharing my super basil marinara - scratch recipe with no canned ingredients. Enjoy!

YummyInspirations May 14, 2012 at 8:48 PM  

Yum! Would love you to share this at Breakfast Ideas Mondays -

Karyn Tripp May 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM  

This sounds delicious! Thanks for linking up @ Things That Make you Say Mmmmm!

Mrs. Mordecai May 16, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

I love your idea to spread the Easter candy out into something a bit more healthy. I'll have to remember that for next year!

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