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Screen Free Week 2012 :Recipe for Homemade Granola Bars

Do you or your kids honor Screen-Free Week?

Screen-Free Week is an annual event in which parents, children, teachers, and others across the country turn off screen media (TV, video games, computers, cell phones, etc.) and celebrate the magic of being unplugged. S

Dates: April 30 – May 6, 2012

My sons school does this every year, and I always think “We are NOT going to make it!” especially when its rainy outside! So I thought I would post each day some Unplugged ideas we could all use to get some Screen-Free time!

Obviously, I work online, so I don’t participate in Screen-Free week, and even if you aren’t participating, once in awhile it would be nice to implement these unplugged, or screen-free ideas!

Today it is raining here so its going to be even harder to stay away from any screens today. Luckily my son has Cub Scouts so that will preoccupy some of his time.

Once he is home from school and has done his homework we will be making some homemade granola bars!

Simple Homemade Granola Bars


1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups quick cooking oats {not rolled oats!}
1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

In a large bowl, stir oats and rice cereal together. Set aside. {Kiddos Can do this job!}

In a small pot, melt butter, honey and brown sugar together over medium high heat until it comes to a bubble. Reduce the heat and cook 2 minutes. Pour in vanilla and stir. {Kiddos can put ingredients into pot}

Pour over dry ingredients and mix well to moisten all ingredients. {Kiddos can mix}

Pour into lightly greased small jelly roll pan {about 12x8x1} and press out to be about 3/4 inch in thickness. {If your pan isn’t small enough, pack the mixture into one side. You really want to press them down so they stick together.} {Kiddos can press}

Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and press down lightly. {Kiddos would love to sprinkle the chips!}

Cool on a countertop to room temperature for two hours or until the chocolate chips are set before cutting into bars. Wrap in parchment or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

{Kiddos will love to eat what they “made”!}

Tomorrow I will bring even more Screen-Free ideas! And feel free to share yours in the comments!
{Thanks Laurens Latest for the recipe!}


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