Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars

Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars

 

Frumpslyvania: a magical land inhabited by frumpy people who unintentionally cause messes.

Let’s travel back in time to my first day as a barista at Starbucks. I was wide-eyed and eager to impress the other baristas with my fast-paced learning style. I was able to grind and brew coffee. I learned that there are specific tea times for green tea that differ from black tea. I greeted customers, did a lobby slide, and took out the trash.

 

Another few baristas were still performing their training, but I was the newest kid on the block. As I attempted to hand off someone’s bold roast, I heard a crash in the lobby. It startled me and everyone else in the store. One of the other newbies had dropped several ceramic dishes all over the floor. She was apologetic and upset despite the fact that this could have happened to any employee. And so began the history of the frump board. Just in case you are all curious, Starbucks has since replaced their ceramic dishes with plastic. Good call, Howard Schultz.

 

As the years went on, frumpy (disastrous) issues have ensued including whip cream explosions all over the walls and floors, mop buckets flipping over and spilling their contents all over a cleanish floor, and pitcher rinsing machines causing water to geyser up to the ceiling and hit baristas in the face. Screaming usually follows then a fit of gut-busting laughter. There was also that time that I was drinking coffee too close to the store laptop…I tried to fix it, I swear. No such luck. One of the shift managers once harpooned a broom into a wall. We’ve had our fair share of insanity.

 

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The white board in the back room of Starbucks was entitled Frumpsylvania. There was a scoreboard and a map of who had the most frumpy experiences. I made the list a few times to say the least.  It’s not that we were trying to outdo each others frumpiness, but it was entertaining to see who created the most disaster unintentionally.

 

Frump

 

In honor of being a frump, I present to you: Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars. These do make some crumbs and may get you into a little bit of trouble with the neat freaks in your lives; however, the flavor is worth the mess. I suggest eating them with a napkin or plate!

 

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Frumpy Coconut Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut M&Ms (broken up into small pieces)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
  2. In a medium-sized pot on medium-high heat on stove, combine honey, brown sugar, oil, and coconut extract. Allow oil to melt and stir frequently for five minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large-sized mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, and M&Ms.
  4. Pour brown sugar liquid into mixing bowl and stir. Coat all oats. This will allow granola bars to bind nicely.
  5. In an 11x7 casserole dish lined with tin foil and sprayed with non-stick spray, empty granola mixture and flatten. Make sure that the granola is compacted into the dish.
  6. Place dish in oven and bake for approximately 16-18 minutes or until granola bars are golden brown on top.
  7. Let cool slightly and cut into squares. Granola bars can be enjoyed for up to a week after baking. They should be sealed in an airtight container.
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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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