Chocolate Peppermint Bark Granola Bars

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Just like everyone else I’m sure,
we are in the THICK of holiday baking.

The amount of flour, sugar, and chocolate being used
is obscene.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I always enjoy baking, but there is just something special
about Christmas baking.

The house feels warm and cozy,
the smells are incredible,
and music is a must.

Lately, I’ve been making a lot of candy,
and even though the kids have not been complaining,
I don’t like to sugar them up for their teachers too much.

Today I compromised

all the flavors of the holiday
with a bit less sugar than a cookie

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Granola Bars:
2 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of maple syrup, agave, or honey
6 tbsp butter

1 peppermint bark baking bar

in a bowl combine the oats, flour, cocoa powder, and just a dash of salt
set aside

in a small saucepan
melt the butter, brown sugar, and syrup together

when the sugar has dissolved,
pour this over the oats

spread into a parchment lined square baking pan

bake @ 350 for 30 minutes

after they have cooled
melt the peppermint bark baking bar
and drizzle over the top

It’s not cookies or candy, but the kids LOVED them!