One of summer’s greatest boons is a simple accident of the mood the season sets. The warm weather invites the body to partake of activities beneath a sun free of wintery grey skies, while the days, being both brighter and longer, make sitting indoors an exercise in the glum and the drear. Whether it’s the perfect barbeque with friends and family, a blissfully sweltering run, or an afternoon spent boating, the summer simply demands a schedule packed to the burgeoning brim with seasonal activities.
However, if you’re anything like me, you’re daily schedule pays no heed to the seasons, and remains as predictably busy in the sun as it does in the snow. As a result, making room in one’s schedule for those regular summer runs is a work of frustration long before it becomes a work of the body. Similarly, it can be all too easy to drift off into thoughts of work while sitting out on the boat, even as one’s mind ought to be set on nothing but salt-air coffee and a watery sunset.
Through it all, in an effort to make time, it can be tempting to either opt for less than healthy ‘quick bites’ while on the go, or to skip meals entirely, particularly breakfast or lunch. While this certainly saves time, it’s almost never healthy. However, sometimes fighting temptation simply isn’t necessary. Sometimes, it’s both better and far easier to simply outsmart temptation.
For example, if I’m too busy for a proper breakfast, or want a quick pick-me-up in between workouts, especially in the warmer weather, I find my homemade muesli bars are a perfect fit for precisely such situations. Using Nature Valley Muesli as the base, the addition of white rose tea and dried papaya add savory earthy notes, while dried apricots, mango, and honey add a sweet balance.
Having these on hand means that rather than having to skip or skimp on breakfast, I can just grab a bar or two and save time while still having had something nutritious, making these an excellent ‘simple morning meal solution.’ Also, after a workout, they’re the perfect blend satisfaction and sweet, dampening my cravings and boosting my energy, allowing me to stay on the go without resorting to snack food or energy drinks.
That’s one way I make sure to get in a healthy breakfast or snack. What are some of your favorite summer activities? And what are some of your favorite seasonal recipes to go along with them?Print
Muesli Granola Bars
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
- 1 package Original or Blueberry Nature Valley Muesli Granola (about 3 cups)
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 1 tea bag of white rose tea (optional)
- 1/2 cup dried fruit, chopped (I used dried mango, apricots and papaya)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup white melting chocolate for drizzling
- 1 teaspoon wheat germ
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. and line a 9×9 inch glass plate with parchment.
- In a large bowl, combine granola, coconut flakes, tea, and dried fruit. Toss to combine and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter and whisk in honey and vanilla. Slowly pour melted honey and butter over granola mixture, folding to incorporate. It may be easier to transfer the mixture to your stand mixer.
- Bake granola for about 30 minutes. Allow the granola to cool completely in the pan. Once cool, carefully lift out of the pan and cut into squares.
- Melt down the chocolate with wheat germ and drizzle liberally over the granola bars. Once the chocolate has set serve and enjoy!
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Comedy Plus says
I love granola bars and these look very good. Yes indeed. A nice pick me up when your blood sugar is low.
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Rachel @ athletic avocado says
These sound fantastic! Gotta love Nature Valley Muesli 🙂
Jerry E. Beuterbaugh says
You are really pushing it with this health food “stuff.” (LOL?)
Beautiful bars and delicious dried fruits!!
Thanks for sharing
I was just thinking about making granola bars…honest! The recipe I saw in ‘bon apetit’ magazine but this sounds better. I think it’s unique that you can use the rose tea. Very fancy and beautiful!
[email protected] and Back Again says
The perfect blend of health and decadent! I can see myself enjoying this recipe all summer long.
I love these bars look amazing!!!
Love that extra white chocolate drizzle for a little decadence!
Manila Spoon says
Yum! I want these granola bars for breakfast now! Love the white chocolate drizzle!
This would be wonderful for my Granddaughter!!!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
What a delicious grab and go breakfast! I need all the help I can get in the mornings in order to get out the door on time!
[email protected] Her Looking Glass says
These bars look so tasty Catherine. Will have to try these very soon. They’d make the perfect snack when we go see the outdoor play Peter Pan at Prescott Park on the water in Portsmouth, NH!
April J Harris says
Your granola bars sound amazing, Catherine! What a delicious recipe you have created using Nature Valley! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.
Joanne T Ferguson says
These bars look so healthy and delicious! I wish I could try one with my tea right now!
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Patty Haxton Anderson says
These are dazzling! Simply gorgeous and they must taste like a million dollars (if dollars tasted good)!
David @ CookingChat says
I snack on store bought granola bars regularly. Need to try this recipe, looks great!
peter @feedyoursoultoo says
These look great and good for you too!
Patricia Conte says
These look like an amazing treat for any time of the day. Love that they’re convenient, too!
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Homemade granola bars are the BEST!
Skipping meals is never an option for me, so when life gets busy, snacks like this are everything! These bars look so wholesome and packed with goodness, Catherine!
Florian @ContentednessCooking says
These look delicious! I would love this for breakfast, Catherine!
Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish says
Love these homemade bars!!! Nature Valley products are great.
These look amazing! A great “on the go” breakfast idea. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!
Miz Helen says
Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope to see you again real soon!
Have a great day,
Tracy Robertson says
These look so good and healthy. The little bit of white chocolate drizzling is enough to make them extra indulgent!
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