Fall is in the air…leaves are turning crimson, mustard and golden…smoke fills the morning air and being outside to enjoy it all is a necessity.
And so is snacking. Healthy snacking.
I always have snacks. Ask anyone that knows me and they’ll confirm, I always have food and beverages on hand…one never knows when hunger will strike, right?
That little tummy grumble is inevitable (especially with busy little ones), so why not be prepared with a tasty treat?
Especially one which will not only satisfy any budget, but will also appeal to the desires of both sweet and savory lovers…everyone wins…
Plus, it’s easy and only requires the most basic of ingredients and a few minutes of your time.
You’ll need one sauce pan and one baking dish.
Simply melt and mix ingredients in sauce pan…
Spoon into baking dish and bake.
Easy clean-up too (no one ever seems to mention the clean-up part of cooking and baking)…
These little nuggets are way better than any store bought protein bar, you know all the ingredients (and most likely have them on hand), plus, you’ll save money baking these beauties at home, so why not whip up a batch for your favorite people?
Mixed Nut Bars*
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 beaten egg
1/2 reaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup mixed nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, or peanuts, coarsely chopped
Grease an 8X8 inch baking pan; set aside.
In medium saucepan heat brown sugar and butter over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.Cool slightly
Stir in egg and vanilla. Stir in flour and baking powder until just combined. Stir in nuts. Spread battter in the prepared pan.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars while warm; cool completely in pan.
Want a little extra love in your nut bar? Sprinkle with grated chocolate or mini chocolate chips for the last few minutes of baking…
Everyone will thank you.
*Better Homes and Garden’ New baking book 1998