Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Granola Bars Part 2

Last night we got almost 5 inches of snow. The kids and I had fun playing in it today, going for a walk and building a snowman. Tonight for dinner, I opted for easy-peasy chili with grilled cheese (on clean, all-natural bread). Simple, warm and filling! For my chili, I just brown 1 to 2 lbs of ground beef with 1 cup of onions. After the meat is cooked through, drain off grease and add in 1 large can of tomato paste and 1 can of kidney beans. Add about 1 to 2 cups of water and let it all simmer on the stove.

Also this week we tried another granola bar recipe my SIL suggested. They set up much better and we were actually able to cut them into bars. They also tasted good, in fact, they only lasted two days ;)
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 chip (we used 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. 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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