Another item going in my gift baskets is a recipe made by Lorie from Rice and Beans and Other Fine Things. She’s a wonderful cook and also a fellow contest buddy who is very talented. With all the sweets going into my basket I thought it would be a nice change of pace to add these great little mini bunches. She made changes to a recipe found from Gale Gand of the Sweet Dreams show on Food Network. I love this alternative snack instead of a granola bar.

Honey Bunches

8 tablespoons butter
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
2/3 cup honey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Melt the butter over low heat in a small, heavy saucepan. Meanwhile, stir together the oats, coconut, walnuts, and both flours in a large bowl.

Stir the honey into the butter and bring to a boil, stirring often. Pour the butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well.

Divide the mixture between the 24 cups and press into each cup slightly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until light golden brown. (I bake closer to 20 min.)

Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store in an air tight container.

Tomorrow I have one more item to add so if you have a sweet tooth you’ll love this one…

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