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Homemade Granola Bars

Awwwww yeah, summer is in full swing now, y’all. I successfully graduated college, *crowd cheers* and now in my search for a big girl job, I find myself at home with a *lot* of spare time. It has worked out well thus far, however, since the Ryan and I just moved into the new house last weekend. Everything is pretty well finished being painted (the rooms that count, anyway), and I have had the opportunity this week to do a crap ton of unpacking. 🙂 I’ve run errands, met with people for services (like Verizon and plumbing :P), and generally tried to get stuff done around the house. I even hung a picture frame perfectly level. Ohhhhh yeaaaaah.

Anyway, one of the ways I occupied my time this week was walking around the new neighborhood, and on one of those jaunts, I walked up to the grocery store we’ve got here. I was going up there for chicken and other food items, but I decided to grab a couple things to make these quinoa granola bars I saw on Pinterest. I changed the recipe a bit, but overall, they looked awesome, and since the Ryan doesn’t like quinoa, I figured I could actually have something that was, well, just mine. That didn’t work, as it turns out, because though he doesn’t like quinoa OR coconut, he does like everything else in the bars, and has eaten them anyway. So..yeah. Marriage is sharing, y’all.

I changed the original recipe some to fit what I kept in my house, and my granola bars came out much more soft and squishy than the ones in the original recipe appear to have. I don’t know if it was the changes I made, or because she didn’t mention to refrigerate them (which works and keeps them nice and solid but still yummy and squishy), or if I didn’t cook them long enough, or what. Regardless, they’re delicious! So, let’s get started!

You will need:

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  • 1 cup of coconut flakes (the original calls for unsweetened, but I couldn’t find unsweetened so I got what the store had)
  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts (she calls for cashews in the original recipe, but I didn’t have any – I did have walnuts)
  • 1 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries (original calls for cherries, but again, I didn’t have any – I had cranberries)
  • 2 cups of oats (she didn’t say whether they were instant or rolled oats, I have instant, so that’s what I used)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup almond butter (I had peanut butter, so I used that)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • Sea salt for garnish, if desired

Preheat your oven to 350, and line a 9×13 pan with wax paper.

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Meanwhile, toast your oats and quinoa until cooked warmed and fragrant. Allow to cool.

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After the oats and quinoa are cooled, combine them with your nuts, coconut, flax seed, and fruit.

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In a small pan, add maple syrup, coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey.

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Warm until melted, then mix together with the nuts and oats mixture until evenly coated.

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Bake at 350 for ~25-30 minutes until the edges are toasted and brown. Remove and allow to cool completely.

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I had to keep mine in the fridge to keep them solid, I am not sure what I did wrong, or if this is normal? But they’re delicious anyway. Once your bars are cooled and solid, cut them into strips.

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As suggested in the original recipe, I decided to dip the bottoms of mine into chocolate. Mmmm.

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I stuck them back in the fridge and let them harden. There you have it, delicious granola bars, all homemade and yummy! And healthy! Enjoy!!

 

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Energy Bites (no bake)!

Yep, you guessed it, if you spend any amount of time on Pinterest like me, I found the recipe there. 🙂 I am always down with “no bake” stuff, and since the Ryan has been kind of picky about breakfast of late, I figured I could give them a try. Bonus: I got 2 lbs of flax seed at the Amish market for $3 on Saturday. And 2 lbs of rolled oats for $2.70. Winning!

I will first start out this entry by saying hey, it’s the Veterans Day holiday. So, make sure you thank a soldier or five today, okay? We owe them a lot.

Nextly, I will lament on how beautiful the weather is today, and how since I’ve been sick the last week and change I will sadly be spending today cleaning my entire house top to bottom. We’re talking deep cleaning – scrubbing toilets, showers, counters, vacuuming, even dusting (ugh, the woooorst!)…everything. *sigh* The Ryan is working today, so I can at least happily blast all kinds of music I would otherwise reserve for my iPod and sing at the top of my lungs with only the maintenance men and the cats to hear me. They, too, will be the only ones to see me dance. Mwahaha.

After that, I intend to do homework…did I mention that my university doesn’t honor federal holidays ON the actual federal holidays? Something about moving them all to Christmas break so the school can close and whatnot. Works for me, I suppose, but I haven’t slept in a single federal holiday this year..=P So I got up and went to class this morning, and am now home to clean and do homework. Lame! Being a grown-up sucks….but I digress.

The Ryan gets up at the last possible second in the morning and runs out the door. I, too, make an egg to toss on toast as I run out the door before class, so when I read about these little energy bites, complete with chocolate chips, oats and flax seed-y goodness, I figured I had to give them a try. Peanut butter offers protein, the oats offer nutrients, the chocolate is…well, let’s admit it – chocolate is amazing. The Ryan doesn’t like coconut, so I subbed with whole wheat flour. Hopefully, I can bag up a few of these each night before bed that the Ryan can grab on his way out the door, and that I can snack on during my later class to hold me until I get to work. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t NOT feed my man – he just got tired of what I was feeding him and has decided that one piece of toast on his way out the door in the morning is somehow good enough to hold him from anywhere between 11 am and 3 pm depending on the day (yes, that is his real, awkward lunch schedule). Solution, please!

And, since they’re no bake, they’re very easy!

1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup honey, 1 cup flour, 1/2 flax seed (I ground ours up in the coffee grinder), 1/2 cup mini chocolate morsels, 1 tsp vanilla.

Mix it all together, I had to use my hands because peanut butter and honey are very difficult to mix with a spoon. 😦

When it’s all mixed together, stick it in the fridge for about a half hour and let it get cold.

When the mix is chilled, roll them up/pat them into a ball. Put them in a bag or Tupperware container and snack on them whenever you’d like!

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They’re not the tastiest things, but if you like granola, you’ll like these. 🙂 They’re sweet and peanut buttery and honey-y, but they’re not like candy either. I like them. 🙂 I don’t know if the Ryan will, but if not, more for me!

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