Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Back-to-School Week

In honour of the kids' going back-to-school, this week's going to be awesome.  We kick off our "school" theme today with a great lunch box yummy by (my favorite cookbooks) Company's Coming.  Check it out. And if you try this recipe, let me know :)
Granola Grab Bags

Why buy those expensive granola bars for the kids' lunches?  Just pop these ready-to-eat bags of granola right into their lunch sacks.  Also perfect for sprinkling on yogurt or ice cream.

Get It Together: dry measures, sharp knife, cutting board, measuring spoons, large saucepan, mixing spoons, baking sheet with sides, cooking spray, oven mitts, wire rack, large bowl, 6 resealable sandwich bags

*  Brown sugar, packed   1/3 cup - 75 mL                              
*  Butter   1/4 cup - 60 mL
*  Quick-cooking rolled oats   2 1/2 cups - 625 mL
*  Chopped walnuts   1/4 cup - 60 mL
* Slivered almonds   1/4 cup - 60 mL
* Vanilla extract   1/2 tsp. -  2 mL
* Ground cinnamon   1/8 tsp. - 0.5 mL
* Dried cranberries   1/2 cup - 125 mL
* Raisins   1/2 cup - 125 mL
* Chopped dried apricot   1/4 cup - 60 mL
* Semi-sweet chocolate chips   1/4 cup -  60 mL

Place oven rack in centre position. Turn oven on to 350°F (175°C). Grease baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside. Put brown sugar and butter into saucepan. Heat and stir on medium until melted and smooth. Remove pan from heat.

Add next 5 ingredients. Stir until coated. Spoon oat mixture onto baking sheet. Spread evenly. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Put baking sheet on wire rack. Turn oven off. Wait for about 30 minutes until cool. Transfer to bowl.

Add remaining 4 ingredients. Use mixing spoons to toss until combined. Spoon about 3/4 cup (175 mL) into each sandwich bag. Makes 6 grab bags.

1 grab bag: 439 Calories; 18.5 g Total Fat (5.0 g Mono, 3.4 g Poly, 6.6 g Sat); 20 mg Cholesterol; 65 g Carbohydrate; 7 g Fibre; 8 g Protein; 67 mg Sodium

Tip: The grab bags can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Reprinted with permission from Kids Do Snacks © Company's Coming Publishing Limited

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