Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Some new stuff. . .

So, I've been doing some fun stuff, I just haven't had time to post.  So, I'll try to get it all up.  First of all, I have a new favorite website.  It is:  http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/ .  I've been trying to feed my family healthier foods and cut out all that yucky stuff like hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup and any other chemical listed on an ingredients label that I can't pronounce. 

So, I have found some fantastic recipes on this website and have tried out quite a few and want to share what I have done.  Well, have you ever checked out your ingredients labels. . . particularly on crackers and snacks?  Ugh.  I guess I have to make my own.  Which I LOVE to do.  I would much rather eat something that I have made then buy it at the store.  Anyway, here's a super yummy granola bar.  LOVE THEM!  And my kids like them and I can sneak healthy stuff in them like sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, coconut and even raw pumpkin seeds (although I couldn't get those past my son, the green was not completely covered by the chocolate).  

If you want to see her lovely pictures and step by step.  Here are the basic directions:
Homemade Chewy Granola Bars
1/2 cup peanut butter or sunbutter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (or another oil of your choice)
1 cup oats
1 cup total of any combination of:  sesame seeds, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, mini chocolate chips
In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.

Remove from heat and add one cup of oats.  Choose your favorite combination of coconut flakes, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, dried fruit and mini chocolate chips, to equal a total of ONE CUP.  (I just got out my one cup measuring cup and poured in the ingredients until the cup was full.)  Pour in and stir well.
Stir well, then spread mixture into a 8×8 or 9×4 pan.
Chill for two hours, then cut into bars.
Wrap in plastic wrap for a quick grab and go snack!

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