The last month has been fairly busy. I’ve taken on the mission of getting my butt back in Royally Fit shape (you can read about it here and here) and I’ve been busy getting ready for our Mom Cafe Open House next month (PS you are invited!). School had also re-started for my son, as have new homework obligations, and I didn’t get many posts written here. The good news is, I’ve been very successful at all the rest of the endeavours minus the posts!
We’ve been slowly making changes to get healthier and eat more naturally too. This past weekend we took a trip to Bulk Barn where I let my son choose a whole bunch of delicious things with the intent to make homemade granola bars. I gave some good suggestions of what we should try like seeds and nuts and he picked out some things and really was just plenty happy when I let him scoop out each item. We didn’t have a recipe, we just decided to wing it!
I made notes of the total amounts of items we added, so it could be repeated. You can basically add whatever you desire to them provided you add enough to mix in with the “wet base”.
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 cup of honey
We put these three items in a saucepot and placed on medium heat. We stirred and allowed to slowly boil and thicken. This is was our “wet base”.
We then added the following:
3 1/2 cups quick rolled oats
1 cup mixture of anything else you want to add!
We added 1/5 of a cup of each of pumpkin seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, peanuts (all roasted unsalted). Here you can get creative. You really just need to ensure you have enough of any type of dry materials to mix in with your wet base.
Mix well. Press into a wax paper or parchment paper lined pan. I let my son sprinkle 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on the top once pressed into the pan, but to be honest, after eating them you do not need them at all! They are so delicious! A little piece of heaven from the fridge (more on that below)!
Place the pan into the fridge for a good 2 hours before removing to cut. Cut them into bars or squares. Without additives to bind them they go softer and less bound outside the fridge, but are still very tasty. We are keeping ours in the fridge though, and they seriously are just as good as when I sneak cookie exchange cookies from the freezer right up until Christmas !
Feel free to experiment and get your kids involved! If you come up with a unique recipe or some great additives to add, please share! We are already thinking about new things to add next time and maybe we can even squeeze a bit more goodness into them!