Tree Hugging Goodness

I remember one of the best things about babysitting people’s kids when I was younger was checking out what kind of food they had. Most of the time, the family had way more junk food than my mom had in the house, so after the kids went to bed I tied on the feed bag and ate my way through the boredom.
There was one family though that had no junk food at all. It was never a ton of fun babysitting there. They had all natural foods like nuts, berries, Muslix, and granola…and no cable TV! I always called them the hippy family. Looking back I realize they weren’t hippies, just healthy and outdoorsy. Not too much of a rare thing to see in families these days, but back then I had never seen it before.
Now I have a family of my own and I think I would truly disappoint a babysitter looking for goodies. As an adult, I love things like nuts, berries, Meuslix, and granola. Especially homemade granola. It’s not just for hippies anymore. My sister Colleen and I decided to wing it and try to make our own. It turned out pretty great if you ask me. This version turned out chewy, not really crunchy so it can also be made into bars.

4 c Oats (not instant)
1 stick butter
1/2 c dried cherries
1/4 c almond slivers
1/4 c pistachios
1 1/2 c honey

In a large pan, melt butter. Add oats and continuously move around over medium-high heat. You will do this until they begin to toast and turn a light brown color, about 15 minutes.
Pour toasted oats into a bowl, add nuts and cherries and stir well. Slowly pour in honey while stirring. Continue to stir until honey is evenly distributed.
Spread granola out on wax paper and refridgerate for 2 hours. Store in zip lock bags.
To Make Bars:
Pack granola into a small baking dish that is sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Cut into bars and serve. You can also individually wrap bars and keep for later.

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