Kim Harms

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4 Favorite Granola Bar Recipes

Since my oldest son has inherited his daddy’s love of sweets, and I’d prefer if his teeth don’t all rot and fall out, I’ve been trying out a variety of granola bar recipes for semi-healthy snacking.  I’ve had a few people ask me for the recipes we’ve been using, so I thought I’d post them here for you to try.

We eat all of these, but I’m listing them in order of favorite to least favorite.


Chewy Granola Energy Bars

2 ½ cups quick oatmeal

¾ cup Rice Krispies

½ cup mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup slivered almonds (or peanuts)

1 Tbsp. wheat germ

½ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup honey

½ tsp. vanilla

1 egg

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together (I dump everything in my kitchen aid mixer and turn it on low for a bit.) Press into a greased 9×9 pan. Bake 18 minutes. Score after removing them from the oven. Then cut into bars when they are cool.  I wrap them individually in plastic wrap, but that’s obviously not necessary.

Why are these the favorite? 1. Probably because they actually have sugar in them (sugar makes everything better). 2. They are the gooiest, not dry like some granola bars.

(This recipe was originally found at  Jo and Sue, but I tweaked it a bit. The Harms family doesn’t do coconut.)


Ultimate Power Bars

4 cups quick oatmeal

1 cup wheat germ

½ cup oat bran

3 tbsp. flaxseed

1 tbsp. cinnamon

½ cup chopped almonds

1 cup honey

4 tbsp. melted butter

Mix all ingredients together. Press into greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars. (This takes some muscle. They are pretty dense bars.)

I really like these, but they tend to be a bit crumbly.

You can also add chocolate chips to the top for the last couple minutes in the over and then spread the melted chips as a frosting. That’s how I always make them.

(This recipe came from my friend Amber, but again I tweaked it our our family’s taste. The Harms family not only doesn’t do coconut, we don’t do raisins either.)


No Bake Granola Balls

1 2/3 cup quick oatmeal

½ cup peanut butter

½ cup wheat germ

½ cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients. Let chill in fridge for ½ hour. Roll into balls. (I always grease my hands because it tends to stick). Store in refrigerator.

(This one was originally found at Gimme Some Oven, but I can’t find it there now.)


Nutella Energy Bites

2 quick oatmeal

½ cup Nutella

¼ cup wheat germ

½ cup chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients. Chill in fridge for ½ hour. Roll into balls and store in the fridge.

I thought I would really like these, but turns out I don’t. We ate all of them, but I we like the other ones enough more that I don’t know if I’ll make them very often.

(This original recipe came from Cozy Country Living. Again this is tweaked. Just say no to coconut.)



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Frozen Fruit Cups Recipe @ Devokids

Head on over to for a new kid-friendly snack recipe. My mom used to make a variation of these fruit cups for me when I was a kid. Now I make them for Carter. He’d rather be eating chocolate, but he likes these as a snack and they have some nutritional value. That’s always a bonus 😉

IMG_2998Frozen Fruit Cups Recipe

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S’mores Cone Recipe at Devokids

IMG_2795I saw a picture of these online and we decided to give them a try on our Lake Superior vacation this summer.  The verdict – we like regular s’mores better. If you want to see how we made them head on over to devokids. 

While you are there, check out all the other things devokids has to offer.


Berry & Yogurt Smoothie @ Devokids

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If you know my family at all, then you are familiar with our love affair with sweets. Yes, my kids eat sugar. GASP! And I’ve even been known to let them consume Cosmic Brownies, Swiss Cake Rolls and  raw cookie dough. But they also happen to enjoy steamed broccoli, sliced apples and pork chops. It’s all about moderation people. (Some days we lean moderately to the sweet side, but I’m okay with that.)

My latest post at Devokids is a fruit smoothie that Carter loves. I make a lot of these in the summertime. They are disguised as a treat because they are sweet and yummy, but they’ve got plenty of good-for-you stuff in them.

Here’s the Ingredient List

2/3 cup plain or vanilla yogurt

¼ cup fresh or frozen berries

2 – 3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon wheat germ

1 tablespoon honey

Head over to devokids to see the full post.  And while you are there, check out all the other cool stuff the site has to offer. And let me know if you’ve got any good smoothie recipes for us. We’re open to switching up our recipe.

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Devokids: Easy Cake Mix Cookies

My May food post is up at Devokids. It’s super-duper easy and super-duper yummy and super-duper not good for you 😉  Here’s the ingredient list. Click the link at the bottom of the post to head to the full recipe at devokids.

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Ingredient List

1 box of chocolate cake mix (any variety)

½ cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

2/3 to ¾ cup powdered sugar Easy Cake Mix Cookies

(If you are interested in providing a kid-friendly recipe for devokids along with photos of you making the recipe with your child(ren), let me know. )

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Devokids: Granola Bars



Check out my latest food post at devokids. I’ll tempt you here with the ingredient list 😉 I’d love to know if you have a family-friendly recipe that you and your child would like to write about. Some future posts written by kids making stuff kids like to eat would be great!

Granola ingredients

Ingredient List

4 cups oats

1 cup wheat germ

½ cup All-Bran

1 bag slivered almonds (2/3 cup)

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 ½ cups peanut butter

1 ¼ cups honey

4 tablespoons melted butter

1 ½ cups chocolate chips (optional)

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Devokids – Stuffed Shells

I don’t know what your family eats, but pasta is a staple at our house. We eat so much of it that I’ve started buying the kind that is fortified with protein and omega-3.  Gotta get the good stuff into my three ultra- lean boys any way I can. Lewis says  the reason you can see his ribs is that his bones are really big and his skin is really thin. 😉

Check out my March food post at Devokids for a super yummy pasta dish. (Thanks a bunch to my friend Cheryl and her daughter Mya for providing the recipe and photos.)  While you are there, check out the other fun kid stuff on the site. Devotions, coloring pages, stories…they recently did a major overhaul on the website and are continually adding content so keep checking back.

Here’s a sneak peak at the casserole along with the ingredient list.


Ingredient List

1 lb. jumbo pasta shells

3 tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (could use Italian sausage, pork, or turkey)

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

1 24 oz.  jar marinara sauce or 1 can crushed tomatoes

1 24 oz, container ricotta or cottage cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups mozzarella or Italian blend cheese

Check out Devokids for the rest of the recipe.

My posts seem to be heavy on the food recently, but I am not turning this into a food blog. I promise. 🙂