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I am a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, cosleeping, baby led weaning, extended rear facing, eco conscious, married mommy to two beautiful children. They have changed my view on the world we live in. It is now my number 1 goal to make it the best I can for them to grow up in. I find myself always rethinking how I want to live my life and often feel like sharing my findings and thoughts with others. So I guess here's my chance :o) I will talk about topics that interest me. If you dont like them or dont agree, well... there's nothing much I can do!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Homemade granola bars!

I go through periods of time where I absolutely love to bake. Being 5 months pregnant, I want to make sure that the snacks I choose to eat are healthy. Thus began my quest for an awesome granola/protein bar. I started searching for recipes. Most protein bar recipes needed protein powder which would be great for some but I'd much rather get my nutrients from real food. I couldn't find a recipe that had the things that I wanted : rolled oats, fruit, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. So after looking at many to get an idea of measurements, I created my own recipe!

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped raisins
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  1. Melt butter, honey and peanut butter in small pot.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Once melted, pour wet ingredients over dry ones and mix.
  4. Press firmly into baking sheet lined with wax paper.
  5. Put in the fridge to set.
  6. After a couple hours, slice into portions and store in sealed container. Be sure to leave a layer of wax paper between your layers so they don't stick.

I found when slicing into them, the thinner sections fell apart. Next time, I will try a smaller pan that has sides going straight up (not slanted) and will make them thicker. I will also change up the recipe and try some dried cranberries, seeds or nuts. What kind of adaptations will you try?


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