I'm still having difficulty with breakfast in the morning, especially since the last few weeks have been increasingly hectic, making moments for sit downs in front of food virtually impossible. Those muffins have been great, though a little on the messy side for someone as disaster prone as myself. Honestly, you can't take me anywhere. So what does one do? Well, one needs to get creative and in doing so attempts to reinvent the granola bar (with some much needed help along the way).

There are many types of food that I'd love to master in my lifetime, dishes like lasagne (don't laugh) or pastry in general. Granola bars or muesli bars as we call them in Australia, have only recently made it onto that ever expanding list. I blame it on their new found A lister status. Thing is, I expected this to be fairly idiot proof. You mix a bunch of seeds or nuts and dried fruit together, then add a paste like substance to bind it and that was it. No that is not it; at least not for me. Because that attempt saw my bars turn into a crumbling hot mess of healthiness. There were sesame seeds here, chia seeds over there and pepitas somehow ending up on the couch. That delightful little concoction did not turn into yummy, chewy bars that held their shape as they should have. But all was not lost for I used that fragile wreck for topping yoghurt instead. 

Sonia 1, Kitchen Gods 0.

And I did not let that epic disaster deter me. I turned to other seasoned bakers for some advice like the Half Baked Harvest whose blueberry, yoghurt master piece had been sitting idle in my Pinterest folder for eons. And thus came up with this; a medley of healthy bits and bobs I had stored away in the pantry. I also wanted chocolate in there somewhere, because chocolate and decided to toast the top away for a little crunch and colour.  So this time round friends, this time these little buggers worked out marvellously. Let's just say breakfast is slowly becoming something I can digest now.

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 INGREDIENTS: 
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup puffed quinoa
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (reserve 1-2 tbs for decorating)
1 tbs chia seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g white chocolate

Preheat oven to 180°C // 350°F and line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper.
Combine oats, puffed quinoa, sesame seeds, coconut, pepitas, cashews, cranberries, chia seeds and sea salt in a bowl, mixing well.
Using a separate, microwavable bowl add the peanut butter and honey and microwave for approx 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth and runny.
Add the vanilla extract and incorporate fully.
Add the peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well then transfer to baking tray making sure to press down firmly and even the top.
Place in freezer for around 60 minutes to harden up.
Bake for around 10 minutes or until the top has turned golden brown.
Allow to cool then cut into 2cm wide rectangles.
To make the topping, melt chocolate in a microwave or bain-marie and transfer to tops using a metal spoon to either cover the entire bar or to drizzle haphazardly over. While chocolate is still soft add the chopped cranberries to decorate.

[ Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest ]

Et voila.

-Sxx

I'm still having difficulty with breakfast in the morning, especially since the last few weeks have been increasingly hectic, making moments for sit downs in front of food virtually impossible. Those muffins have been great, though a little on the messy side for someone as disaster prone as myself. Honestly, you can't take me anywhere. So what does one do? Well, one needs to get creative and in doing so attempts to reinvent the granola bar (with some much needed help along the way).

There are many types of food that I'd love to master in my lifetime, dishes like lasagne (don't laugh) or pastry in general. Granola bars or muesli bars as we call them in Australia, have only recently made it onto that ever expanding list. I blame it on their new found A lister status. Thing is, I expected this to be fairly idiot proof. You mix a bunch of seeds or nuts and dried fruit together, then add a paste like substance to bind it and that was it. No that is not it; at least not for me. Because that attempt saw my bars turn into a crumbling hot mess of healthiness. There were sesame seeds here, chia seeds over there and pepitas somehow ending up on the couch. That delightful little concoction did not turn into yummy, chewy bars that held their shape as they should have. But all was not lost for I used that fragile wreck for topping yoghurt instead. 

Sonia 1, Kitchen Gods 0.

And I did not let that epic disaster deter me. I turned to other seasoned bakers for some advice like the Half Baked Harvest whose blueberry, yoghurt master piece had been sitting idle in my Pinterest folder for eons. And thus came up with this; a medley of healthy bits and bobs I had stored away in the pantry. I also wanted chocolate in there somewhere, because chocolate and decided to toast the top away for a little crunch and colour.  So this time round friends, this time these little buggers worked out marvellously. Let's just say breakfast is slowly becoming something I can digest now.

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 INGREDIENTS: 
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup puffed quinoa
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cashew nuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (reserve 1-2 tbs for decorating)
1 tbs chia seeds
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
180g white chocolate

Preheat oven to 180°C // 350°F and line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper.
Combine oats, puffed quinoa, sesame seeds, coconut, pepitas, cashews, cranberries, chia seeds and sea salt in a bowl, mixing well.
Using a separate, microwavable bowl add the peanut butter and honey and microwave for approx 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth and runny.
Add the vanilla extract and incorporate fully.
Add the peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well then transfer to baking tray making sure to press down firmly and even the top.
Place in freezer for around 60 minutes to harden up.
Bake for around 10 minutes or until the top has turned golden brown.
Allow to cool then cut into 2cm wide rectangles.
To make the topping, melt chocolate in a microwave or bain-marie and transfer to tops using a metal spoon to either cover the entire bar or to drizzle haphazardly over. While chocolate is still soft add the chopped cranberries to decorate.

[ Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest ]

Et voila.

-Sxx

114 comments

  1. I 'm glad you did not give up because this looks so delicious! I might give this one a try! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!
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  2. those look so delicious! by making them, you can save a ton of money. because they can be expensive! plus you can add ingredients you prefer. good for you girl.
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    1. That is very true, plus by making them you also know exactly what is going inside them too xx

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  3. perfect yummy snack! :D

    Have a great week!
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  4. Wish I could eat cashews/peanuts so I could try this recipe, I love granola bars. Granola is pretty much one of the only breakfast foods that I actually enjoy!

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    1. Oh no. You can always substitute. That is the beauty of this recipe xx

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  5. Thanks a lot darling :D In this season I really love infinite scarfs. Look so sofisticated :3

    I'll try to this bars!!! Seems to be so delicious!


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  6. This looks incredibly good! I could probably eat the whole batch! Yum! Have a fun week!

    xo, Bry

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  7. This looks incredibly good! I could probably eat the whole batch! Yum! Have a fun week!

    xo, Bry

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  8. Oh wow!! This looks so delicious!

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  9. So yummy and totally drool wortt! ;) Thanks for sharing Sonia!;)
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  10. One of my favorites is homemade granola so this recipe put a smile in my face looks delicious and the ingredients are not hard to find.
    Thank you for sharing will have to try I never added cranberry I need to give it a go.

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  11. Those look really delicious! I might give this one a try!
    Thank you for sharing and have a good day!

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  12. Omg, this looks so yummy! Wondeful photos as well! You definitely made me craving something sweet right now, S!

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  13. You are an excellent chef Sonia! I'd love to try those healthy bars, they look delicious!! Baci, Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog - Valeria Arizzi

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    1. Awww I don't know about that Coco but thank you for the praise! xx

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  14. I was searching for breakfast ideas since I will be too busy to eat in the mornings when college starts! Thank you for this!
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  15. Oh yum these look (and the ingredient list sounds) great!

    I think my favourite part is that it doesn't use dates, so many times I see a nice looking one in store and it uses dates to keep it all together, yuck, haha!

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    1. Ahahaha I don't mind dates and I have to admit I can't say I've ever noticed dates in them before. It's probably all I'll find now though xx

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  16. Cranberry and white choclate are my fave ingredients of it! I'm sure my husband would love those sweet snacks too. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Sonia!

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  17. Yes Yes Yes! Do not let the Kitchen Gods deter you from making these AMAZING granola bars! Yummm, I am LOVING me some chewy bars...If you can make it for me instead, that would be great thanks <3

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    1. Hahaha, well if I don't finish them off first, then sure! xx

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  18. Oh my God darling thanks for share this delicious recipe
    xx

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  19. Such a delicious snack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  20. Omg these look delicious ! I'm seriously considering making these right.now. these look amazing :)
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    1. Let me know how you go if you do xx

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  21. These look and sound amazing. I will be making them!

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  22. Delicious!

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  23. Look dellicious

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  24. Your determination paid off in the yummiest way! These look awesome. :)

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  25. Mmm Sonia, Im watering! Well done, they look so so delicious, wanna have one right now, well done! Love your recipes, they are in fact my fav topic of the blog! Many kisses! xo

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  26. it looks so yummy!

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  27. Wow!!! It seems so good and now I'm hungry!!! Kisses from Italy and thank you for your visit,
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  28. I would like to taste it) It looks very delicious!

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  29. in love *-*
    nice photos !!
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  30. I love baking my own bars at home! Such a healthy option! This one looks so delicious dear! :)
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  31. Oh man you have made me hungry! And this does not sound too hard at all, I just may try this out.

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  32. Hey Dear,
    I really like your Posts & you have great Pictures. Would you like to support each other and follow via Bloglovin, Google + & GFC? That would be so cool, and I hope we stay in touch. :)

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  33. Granola bars are such an easy breakfast to eat when you're on the go. These looks so delicious!

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  34. Delicious! I love that there's some chocolate in there

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  35. Looks so good! I've got to try this recipe
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  36. YUMMAY!! Can I come over for breakfast? Goodness Sonia you have a multitude of talents that you are yet to tap into. And I can't wait to see them all unfolding here on the blog! The thing about failure...is you got a get up and try again. Which you did. And these granola bars are proof that you can succeed:). Another thing to check off your list. What will you be baking/making next?!

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    1. Anytime Rita! I usually give up if things go awry on the first go but I'm glad I didn't let a little mistake deter me. I have to admit it's been fun sharing treats on here and interesting to watch myself grow (more on the photography side of things) So what's next? Cookies maybe?! xx

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  37. I know what you mean about getting breakfast in the morning with such a busy schedule. These are great for just those times, to just grab and go. They look delicious, and I'm craving them now.

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  38. I am absolute rubbish in the kitchens too -- disaster-prone, butter-fingers, whichever way you'd like to put it, the kitchen and I are just not meant to be. But dare I say that this has shone a little light into the battlefield of pots and pans and ovens and ... mittens? I'd say very likely. These look absolutely wonderful and I've been having terrible days with breakfast, too, so I'd love to try it out soon!

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    1. Yes that does actually sound like my time spent in the kitchen. Don't let those "flawless" images fool you, the journey was anything but! xx

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  39. Looks like the perfect snack! Healthy and tasty! I love anything with dried cranberries :)

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  40. Oh my gosh these sound amazing!! I buy a lot of bars, and have been trying to make my own. I'll have to give these a try!

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    1. I'm always doing the same and it's kinda costly when you think of it xx

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  41. beautiful photos! these treats look oh so tasty!

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  42. Sumptuous, do u deliver as well ?? :)
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  43. Lovely post dear! Hope you have a fantastic day.

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  44. This looks absolutely delicious! Especially with the white chocolate on top!
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  45. Mmmm these look yummy! I've recently discovered how much I love white chocolate in my lattes. These look amazing, remind me of something the Pioneer Woman might make.

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  46. Oh my, that looks amazing! So beautiful! I can never make such beautiful looking food like that, so these pics are making me drool! <3

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  47. They look so delicious! Gotta try this at home soon!

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  48. I made a similar breakfast bar once but they were gone before the evening was over. My husband, brother and his girlfriend enjoyed them and there were only crumbs left by night time. LOL!

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    1. They are super tempting aren't they. I could totally eat these all in one sitting too xx

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  49. xoxox something delish and good looking! My favorite posts of yours! Your recipes are the best. Those pictures make me want them immediately. thanks fro sharing those bars S! Have a nice day!
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  50. it looks really good!!

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  51. These granola bars look delicious! I like them so much that I might try this recipe very soon.

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  52. Sweet lord Sonia, your food photography never fails to impress me! Incredible! I love this healthy recipe and the subtle inclusion of white chocolate... this would certainly make the morning routine a little more interesting (I've been snacking on Cranberry frusli bars for the best part of three years now). Tasty!

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  53. Wonderful post, dear. Have a great autumn day!
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  54. I wish you lived closer to me~~ would come by everytime you baked something!! Yum!!!
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  55. Yum this looks so amazing! x

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  56. As a Italian woman, I must admit that I love lasagne, my mother's recipe is great :)))
    And I'm very fond of cakes and everything sweet, so I'll write down your recipe, pics are so wonderful!

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    1. I wish I could make lasagna. It has to be my favorite dish of all. I can never make it right. It always comes out so dry and crunchy. Every time. xx

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  57. I am so totally trying this! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I've been looking for healthier but still fun alternatives for breakfast as well. Xx

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  58. This looks tasty
    Thanks for sharing babe

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  59. Great post! I had fun reading this. Have a fun Friday!

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  60. These look amazing! I can't believe these are made from scratch!
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    1. They are and it's super easy to do! xx

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  61. Those cranberry cashew and white chocolate granola bars look yummy - all the ingredients sound tasty and healthy.
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  62. wow sooo yummy

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  63. Those look amazing!!!
    I am so hungry now :)
    xoxo
    Have a nice weekend doll,

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  64. YUM! It looks so delicious!
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  65. So glad you didn't give up Sonia. We call them Müsliriegel in Germany. I love them very much but never made one on my own. Well I did manage to bake lasagne once. It's too much work for my liking ;-) but it's yummy. Wish you a happy Friday Sonia :)

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    1. Hahaha it is a lot of work isn't it. My lasagne always comes up overly dry and crispy. I don't know how I manage it, but I do xx

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  66. Oh my gosh! Those look DELICIOUS! I'm not usually a fan of nuts, but I think I'd definitely give this a go!

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  67. So glad you persevered! I have often wanted to try making granola bars myself but have never done it. These look beautiful and yummy!

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  68. This looks delicious dear, thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day! Kisses!
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  69. Goodness me that looks and sounds amazing!! So hungry right now!!! :)
    I'm useless in the kitchen with everything besides dinner. Dinner I can be a 5 star chef but otherwise, I suck!!


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    1. Oh wow Jade, I am the opposite. Baking sweets and stuff I can do. It's the savoury meals that I'm not great at all xx

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  70. Hello my dear! First of all I have to thank my words. You must be one of the few bloggers at international level that has supported. I'm very happy about that and to know that, even as a citizen of another language, you can read my posts and provide feedback on them.
    Fortunately I feel better although it still pains me to face this reality. However, the time will be my best friend. In relation to the outfit, makes me very happy to know you enjoyed it.
    I must tell you that, for me, you're the best bloggers ever. You got great vision in terms of design and your posts are always very well thought. I got a lot of desire to test this recipe here at home. Have a delightful aspect.

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    1. I love reading your posts Miguel. So rare to come across bloggers who put in so much effort with their words. I have to translate it so I hope it doesn't get too lost hehehe. I really appreciate your comments here on my blog too. Thank you for your support and for stopping by xx

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  71. I'm back to thank you for stopping at my blog and for your nice comment! Have a nice weekend, kisses,
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  72. These look delish!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  73. Look delicious :)
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  74. Looking so good! love this post gorgeous! xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  75. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  76. omg, perfect healthy snack! I'm definetly gonna try this recipe :D yummy!!! <3

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  77. OMG! You're amazing. Did you really make those!? They look like holiday granola bard because of the white icing and the red cranberries! Gotta make these soon!

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    1. I certainly did! And since you mentioned it I can't stop feeling all Christmassy when I see these in the morning now. xx

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  78. have a nice sunday!!

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  79. Oh wow! It looks so delicious! I saved the recipe and the link, I will need it when I have time to do it!

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  80. I need to try this recipe , they look so yummy !
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  81. These look marvelous!!!

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  82. So yummy! I'd also like to master in lasagna, one of my favorite dishes. Have a great week!

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