Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Artful Year | Granola Bar Recipe




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. 


Wrap these up individually as classic slices or

Create Granola Letters with us.

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.

(Contest is closed and inner has been contacted.)

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46 comments:

  1. Jean has wonderful recipes and crafts. I would love to have a copy of her new book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. I agree with you! She's the real deal.

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  2. Sounds like an excellent book! And I'll definitely make those granola bars!

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    1. I can't keep my production high enough for the entire family. They're such hits here. Thank you!

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  3. I'm going to make those granola bars right now, they look yummy! I'd love to have a chance to check out the whole book, thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Every new post is a new adventure! Recipies, fotos and creativity are just perfect. To have the book for myself would be great!

    Bisous de la Bretagne, l'étoile-filante

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    1. Big thanks! So nice to hear from you.

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  5. Wow would love a copy if this new book to create and inspire with my 3 year old. Love the aspect to slow down and read that is very important in my life. Thank you

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    1. It's really a book for both of you to look through. It's lovely.

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  6. I want this book very much!))
    Sveta Goryun
    sgoryun@gmail.com

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  7. Have long admired what I have seen from this book. Would love to have a copy. Pam

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    1. Pam, you are the winner. Please send me an email with your mailing address so we can get you your copy of the book. willowtweet [at] willowday [ dot] com

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  8. Thank you for the chance to win this book!

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  9. How great! I love Jean's first book and her blog as well. Thanks for the chance.
    NaturallyFunDays (at) gmail (dot) com.

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    1. Me, too! Thank you for entering! It's such a fun opportunity to share her.

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  10. Jean you speak to my arty-crafty heart and most of all enjoying time with young children! Thanks for sharing your heart and your family with us online. What a super opportunity to win your MEGA FUN book! Off to make granola bars…...

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    1. I'll pass this on to Jean and agree! Thank you so much for taking the time to share.

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  11. this book looks amazing. I'm obsessed with the pictures and recipes!

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  12. This book looks so inspiring!

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  13. I love Jeans blog And would treasure her book. :-)
    And those granola bars look divine. Will try them for sure.

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  14. I love Jeans blog And would treasure her book. :-)
    And those granola bars look divine. Will try them for sure.

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    1. That's so great to hear. I agree and yes: these bars are delicious!

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  15. Sounds like a fantastic book! Those granola bars look great!

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    1. I agree and I can't keep up with the granola bar supply

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  16. I can't keep up with the supply!

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  17. Would love a chance to receive this lovely book! Off to make granola bars! Have a beautiful day!

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  18. This seems like such a lovely book! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for an opportunity to win! :)

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    1. Thank you. It's great to hear from you!

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  19. This seems like such a lovely book! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for an opportunity to win! :)

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  20. This seems like such a lovely book! Thank you for sharing the recipe, and for an opportunity to win! :)

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  21. Since my cookies turn out too hard , they are almost granola bars as I try to reduce fat content! Love creative tips from others as well as you!

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    1. Thank you! I hope these have worked for you now!

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  22. I don't have a blog to link my name to but I hope I can get the chance to win this book anyway :-)
    And your photos of your familys breakfast and the granola bars & -letters makes me long for breakfast :-D

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Thank you!