Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 Hello, Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bar goodness!

Yes, I like to incorporate chocolate into my breakfast every.single.chance I get!  I don’t see it as any different than adding chocolate chips to muffins.  And I’m not going to apologize for the spots of color in my baked goods.

Lately I have had some not so favorable comments about this Almond Joy Banana Bread…I am fully prepared for the bashing these granola bars will take for the color in them.  Bring it on…it won’t stop me from throwing colored M&M’s into more things.  Actually it just might make me do it more.  I’m kind of like that! ;-)

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 This bar recipe has become my favorite go-to granola bar.  It is so easy to customize it for other flavors.  Last month I had the thought that hot chocolate would be great in them.  Turns out I was right…I only know this because the pan of Peppermint Hot Chocolate granola bars disappeared rather quickly.  Probably from all the “just one more” bites I kept taking.

So, when I started thinking of doing more recipes with hot chocolate, I went to the grocery store and started looking for some other flavors.  As soon as I saw the raspberry flavor, I knew that I had to try that for the bars.  Finding the raspberry M&M’s in the candy aisle was just the icing on the cake….or should I say the chocolate in my bar.  I love these pretty pink and red candies.  They are the perfect color and flavor for Valentine’s day treats.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 My daughter went to a sleepover last weekend.  It was the perfect “excuse” to bake yet another treat.  Actually I was happy to get these Raspberry Hot Chocolate bars out of the house.  I couldn’t stop eating little bites.  It is possible that I like this version the best out of all the ones I have made.

Let’s just talk about this sleepover for just one minute.  Can you believe my daughter told me to make sure I wore make up when I picked her up?  Apparently I just look better that way.  Ha!  Yes, I walk around my house with no makeup on and sometimes even mismatched clothes.  Or better yet…I have been wearing my tight jeans this week.  My thought is that it will stop me from eating more sweets if I can’t breathe!  It has worked one day so far.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 Ok, let’s get to the bars because really that’s why you are here right?  To scroll through my ramblings and get to the recipe?

The texture of these bars is soft and chewy.  They aren’t hard and crumbly like the store bought ones.  If you like the hard ones, you could probably bake these an extra 5-10 minutes and get that texture.  But I like all my baked goods to be soft, so I pulled them out of the oven at 22 minutes.  I almost second guessed myself because they looked underdone.     For one split second I thought about baking them longer.  They had an almost undone look to them.

DON”T bake them any longer.  They will set up as they cool and become this perfect chewy granola bar texture.  The raspberry hot chocolate is subtle but definitely there.  The raspberry M&M’s help enhance the raspberry flavor just a little bit more.

If you don’t like that much chocolate on your breakfast goods, go ahead and skip the CandiQuik drizzle.  Like I said, I always look for ways to include chocolate in every meal, but that’s just me.

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 These are the perfect on the run bar.  Package them individually in ziplock bags and grab one as you run out the door for school or work.

The only thing you will regret is not grabbing TWO for the road.

 

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Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

These quick and easy granola bars get their flavor from a raspberry hot chocolate mix and raspberry M&M's.

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup raspberry Hot Chocolate (I used Land O Lakes)
3/4 cup Raspberry M&M's
1 cup Kraft Chocolate Mini Mallow Bits
3 ounces White CandiQuik melted

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again. Mix together the flour, oats, and salt and slowly add to the butter mixture. Stir in 1/2 cup of the M&M's and the marshmallow bits.
  2. Spread mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Press the extra 1/4 cup of M&M's into the top of the batter. Bake at 350* for 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Cut into 12 bars. Drizzle the bars with melted CandiQuik. Let set. Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Granola Bars

Chocolate and Peppermint is always a winner in these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bars.

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Coconut Raspberry Cookies

Dear Pencil Manufacturers,

I am just wondering why all number 2 pencils come un-sharpened? I would gladly pay a little extra to have them come fully sharpened. As a mom of three school age children, you can imagine the stress my poor hand has to endure as I sharpen 36+ pencils at this time of year.

Now I know you are wondering why my children don’t take over and do their own supplies? Well, I am kind of a last minute girl, so sharpening takes place after they are tucked in bed and I am frantically trying to get all those bags and bags of school supplies organized and labeled for the next morning.

We do own an electric sharpener. Now I know this may sound like it would be even easier for the kids to do their own, but…believe me, it’s not. They never seem to realize that pushing it harder into the machine doesn’t make it sharpen faster. Also, there is only so much shavings storage place in those little machines. The pencil sharpener takes a beating after they sharpen just one or two pencils. It would be torture to listen to them do 36.

Colored pencils come fully sharpened and all I have to do is put initals on the box and they are good to go. I am thinking that you would save a lot of moms some pre-school grief if would stock our local walmarts with boxes of #2 pencils with sharpened points.

Just a small suggestion from a stressed out school mom:-)

Now that the supplies are organized and labeled, I am thinking it is time to have a cookie. You would like a cookie right? Of course you would. Cookies make everything better. (Even poor arms and hands that are almost vibrated right off from all those pencils:-) These ones are even better because they have a hidden jelly surprise. Surprise cookies are the best kind, aren’t they? These would make great after school snacks for your kids in the next few weeks as they get started in their homework routines. Go ahead and bake a batch and surprise them as they get off the school bus. They will surely award you “the best Mom of the day” award. And that is really what we moms want right? To be the best Mom each and every day!!!

Coconut Raspberry Cookies

by Inside BruCrew Life
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. rum extract
  • 1 1/2 c. flour + 3 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1/2 c. seedless black raspberry jam
  • 1/2 c. white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. butter
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375*. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add egg and beat well. Stir in the water and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in the coconut. The dough will be really sticky.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Use the end of a wooden spoon to make a deep hole in the dough ball. Fill with jam. Cover with another teaspoon full of dough. Very carefully seal the jam in and roll back into a ball. Place on an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
Melt white chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Store in a tightly sealed container.
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