“branola” bars {+ things i’m loving lately}

branola bars
Life has changed so much lately, and in adapting to having a new baby, I’ve also come across some things that I love and have come to depend on regularly.

{1} The feedly app.  Since I am holding the baby so much, I am on my computer so much less.  The feedly app on my phone is helping me keep up with my blog reading though.  It is so smooth and easy to use.

{2} Royal Pains.  I had never heard of this show prior to a few weeks ago, but there were a few nights when Evelyn was up so. much. and I needed a show on Netflix to get me through.  I watched the pilot and am now hooked.

{3} Coffee + Crumbs.  This is a new blog that started this summer, and I found it just in time.  These are stories of real motherhood and I am gulping them up.

{4} Google Keep.  Google Keep is a list maker that you can access on all devices.  I most often have it pulled up on my phone.  It makes it so easy for me to create daily to-do lists, re-organize them, and make lists of other odds and ends that I need to remember (and color code them all!).

branola bars
{5} “Branola” bars.  A family friend brought these to us in the hospital.  As soon as my mom told me she thought she had the recipe somewhere, I told her to please send it to me that day because I needed another batch of these as soon as possible.  They are so simple to make (I mean really, the base of these is a pre-made muffin mix), so they are exactly what I need these days.  But they are also so delicious.  I’m addicted to them, not only for a breakfast but also often for a quick mid-afternoon snack.

branola bars

“branola” bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Makes about 16 bars

These are so simple mostly because they use a muffin mix as their base. And while I realize bran muffin mix may not sound like the tastiest thing, the sugar and butter that you add makes them rich and just the perfect amount of sweet. I know the teaspoon of milk might seem silly, and originally I was using just butter; but I found the milk really gave these the exact right moisture. If you'd like to add things here, you can; my mom's recipe card suggests pecans and raisins, but I'd imagine some mini chocolate chips wouldn't be a bad idea either.


  • 1 (7.4 oz.) package bran muffin mix
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the bran muffin mix, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir together.
  3. Add the melted butter and milk, and mix until all the dry ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into a 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Use a rubber spatula to spread it out evenly.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until lightly browned on top. Remove from oven, allow to cool, and then slice into bars.

One Response

  1. Jenny @ BAKE September 26, 2014 at 6:09 am |

    This look delicious and simple, and how sweet that someone thought to bring them for you!


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