Friday was Meghan’s last day of school. Its seems like she just started and now it’s over and she’s officially on her way to first grade. She brought home all her school things on Friday, including her writing journal. As I read through it, I came to her Mother’s Day entry. She wrote that I was the best mom in the world and how much she loved me. That was very sweet, but my favorite line was “I love the way she cooks for me.”
There are times when this mom gig is a thankless job. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen making homemade meals, just to have 2/3 of the people turn their nose up at what I prepared. I want my kids to eat clean, yet at times I feel like I’m up against the world to make it happen.
Reading those words gave me just the affirmation I needed to keep going on this journey. Right when I was thinking I was banging my head against the wall with my efforts to feed my family wholesome foods, my little girl reminded me that it’s all worth it.
I will keep making healthy homemade bars like these Gluten-free Raspberry Chocolate Chip Almond Oat Bars. (That’s a mouthful of a name, now isn’t it?!) They are not only gluten-free, but also dairy-free and have no refined sugar. They also make my job a bit easier because this is an easy, no fuss recipe. One bowl! Mix it all together, transfer to your baking pan and you’re good to go.
I actually decided to make these because I was dreaming of these Gluten-free Cranberry Almond Oat Bars. I decided that recipe needed a seasonal update, so raspberry bars were born! This new version is just as tasty. They are a soft bar with an incredible texture and flavor.
Knowing that Meghan appreciates the time I spend in the kitchen cooking and baking for her (and the rest of the fam) makes making these bars that much sweeter. I think you’ll love them as much as we do!