Granola Bars with Chocolate Fondue

Granola Bars with Chocolate Fondue
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Granola Bars with Chocolate Fondue

We love chocolate chips (seriously, we love them), so we get the Chocolate Chip Big Chewy Granola Bars. But the snack doesn’t stop there. We cut the granola bars and put them on a plate with some fruit - bananas (for me, we all know about Seth’s strong aversion to anything banana), strawberries, tangerines. And a dip. A chocolate fondue - one made with coconut milk and a hint of cardamom.

It has been awhile since we mentioned our love of dipping. So active! So communal! So fun! And can possibly lead to some intense debates about what the precisely most delicious combination of foods to combine with the dip.

Chocolate Fondue
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch fleur de sel

In a small pot over low heat, melt the chocolate chips and coconut milk. Once they are melted, stir in the cardamom and vanilla. Sprinkle fleur de sel on top of the fondue for serving.

And while we snack on our granola bar bites and our fruit slices and fondue, we can sit side by side, watching our stories, discussing camera angles and character development, analyzing plot twists and turns, and arguing about the morality of actions that characters have taken. And life is good.

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My husband, Seth, is often found working late nights and weekends. But sometimes, a Saturday bestows on us a bit of serendipity and magnanimously opens itself up with freedom. When that happens, we run into it and embrace it, in all its weekend glory.

The day quickly fills up. Some hours are wiled away on errands and chores that had been put off, but others are used for fun - pit stops at the beach, playground time, lunches at a favorite restaurant - to make the most of our time together.

By the time we get home, it is toddler-late, and time to scoop him off to bed. And toddler bed time means Seth and I get to do "our thing."

"Our thing" has two components:

  1. Our television show of the moment
  2. Food!!

It is our time to watch our shows, or our "stories" as we like to say. We generally have room in our hearts for one dramatic story at a time. But there have been so many wonderful love affairs through the years - The Wire, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica, West Wing, House of Cards, Damages, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men ... just to name a few. And in this Netflix era, we can satisfy our hunger for these stories about the human condition by bringing up our show of the moment with the click of a Wii remote and back to back episodes.

And while we watch our stories we like a snack. A snack that doesn't involve expending a lot of energy, as that attribute has been depleted during the day's activities. A snack that will curb our hunger with some whole grain goodness. But a snack that is still delicious. A snack like Quaker Oat's Big Chewy Granola Bars.

Check out the slideshow above for Home Skillet's chocolate fondue recipe!

This is a collaboration between Quaker and the Kitchen Daily Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Quaker via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Quaker.

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