For the first time in years, I am in the midst of a petty, awkward issue with someone. I’ve always been nice to this someone, even gone out of my way to be nice to this someone. But let’s just say that it’s doubtful we’ll be holding hands and singing Kumbaya, or frolicking in a meadow, or promising one another future bridesmaid status, anytime soon.
Some people are petty. C’est la vie.
Some people will like you and some people will not. It’s extremely unlikely to have a 100% likability record, though if only this wasn’t so.
I’ve never enjoyed feeling disliked. It’s rather uncomfortable. As humans, are we inherent people-pleasers? Or does the old don’t-care-what-other-people-think adage hold true? The latter is doubtful; public speaking is, after all, the number one reported fear.
However, I do not believe we lack the capacity to disregard others’ opinions.
When you realize these bars are extraordinarily chewy, and resort to using a fork in order to eat one, you will entirely ignore any strange looks. You won’t worry about getting granola bar stuck in your teeth, because its long-lasting flavor will trump even the longest lasting of chewing gums.
You won’t even notice a cherubic child asking for a bar, because you’ll be too occupied with the desire to hoard them in a secret, undisclosed location. You’ll feel strangely compelled to sleep with them under your pillow, because how else can they be so dutifully guarded?
Once the pan has been whittled down to the last piece, you’ll feel like a squirrel looking at the last acorn in existence. You’ll memorize the vibrant outlines of the sprinkles, the curiously jumbled oat formations, the smooth and glistening honey.
Who cares what other people think when it comes to funfetti chewy granola bars? I sure don’t.
Funfetti Chewy Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup (115 g) moist yellow cake mix
- 2-4 Tablespoons oblong rainbow sprinkles
- 1/2 cup + 2-3 Tablespoons honey
- Line an 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper.
- Stir together rolled oats,yellow cake mix, and sprinkles in a large bowl. Add honey and stir to combine.
- Transfer granola bar mixture to lined baking pan. With an additional sheet of parchment paper, press mixture firmly into pan. Chill in refrigerator an hour and a half before cutting into bars.
*Note: These bars are ooey gooey and sticky. To transport, wrap in plastic cling wrap.