This month, 11-year-old Matisse Reid shares chewy coconut granola with family and friends.
Credit: Photo: Johnny Autry

Matisse Reid, our food-savvy 11-year-old kitchen blogger—who loves the taste of squid and olives but has friends who may be a little less adventurous—gives a road test to our coconut granola bars. These are perfect for breakfast, car, or snack. Here's what Matisse told us. —Phoebe Wu

"Chewy Coconut Granola Bars are really easy to make. I whipped them up for my Girl Scout meeting, and everyone loved them (even the adults!). I also took some to school for lunch—yum! They make a great after-school snack and could even be eaten for breakfast if you are in a hurry. The bars are soft and gooey on the inside but have a nice crunch on the outside. I liked the combination of fruit and granola, which created different textures when I bit in. If you are not a big coconut fan, try using organic coconut in place of sweetened. It's not as sweet and the coconut flavor isn't as strong, so it's a great option for those who don't like too much coconut. But both options taste great. Trust me, these bars won't last long, so you might want to double the recipe!"

from the Girl Scout troop:

  • Devon (age 10): Gives this recipe a 10 out of 10
  • Abigail (age 10): Gives this recipe a 7 out of 10
  • Monica (age 10): Gives this recipe a 10 out of 10
  • Matisse: This was delicious! 10 out of 10