Glow Bars

Jun 24, 2014

Summer is here, and quick healthy snacks are a must as I approach the final stages of my second pregnancy. I've been looking for things high in protein and energy. These granola bars are taken from the Oh She Glows Cookbook and have had a couple changes to them. Living in a small town, I've had trouble finding things like Chia seeds, brown rice syrup and hemp seeds. When we go on city trips (which happen about once every 3-6 months) I tend to stock up on some of these thing I know I will use. Both hemp seeds and chia seeds have not dissapointed me.

Anyway, now that I'm rambling.. These granola bars are best left in the fridge or freezer as they do tend to get kinda messy left out on the counter. Dan has actually eaten probably half of them already and I just made them two days ago. He has declared them "actually really good" and "are these really health?". So that has to say something right?
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Sorry for the crappy phone photo, I haven't been taking my camera out nearly as much as I should these days... I know.. I'm a horrible person!

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows.

Glow Bars
by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: breakfast snack

Ingredients (10-12 servings)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup rice krispies
  • 1/4 cups pumpkin seeds (pepita seeds)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (I used 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Preheat oven to 300F. Line a 9 inch square cake pan with parchment paper.
Spread the pecans in an even layer on a cookie sheet and toast in oven for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl (I found a plastic bowl works best), mix the oats, rice krispies, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, chia seeds, cinnamon and salt and cooled pecans.
In a small saucepan over medium high heat, mix the brown rice syrup and almond butter. Continue to cook until the mixture starts to bubble and add in the vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is wet and coated. Pour into the parchment lined pan and press down with a spatula or wet hands, the more compressed you can make it the better.
Chill for 10 minutes or so in the freezer then cut into bars, wrap in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for 2 weeks, or freezer for a month.
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Weekend Recap

Jun 9, 2014

Do you ever get that guilty feeling, where you know you haven't been updating nearly as much as you should.. because you know some family reads your blog from time to time and you feel like they are missing out?? Yah.. sorry guys! I promise I will be updating more often.

So let's do a weekend recap. Friday we filled up M's sandbox with sand and he had a blast playing in it all weekend. He moved sand around our yard, filling up buckets and dumping them and even sitting in his sandbox throwing sand everywhere, which was fun until his hands got dirty. I tell you I definitely have a little boy, until his hands get dirty then he turns into a little girl!! Just kidding..

I had been wanting to clean out our spice cabinet for awhile now and move some spices into our camper. So I started by taking all of the spices out of the cupboard and going through and getting rid of doubles. M helped by smelling and tasting almost all the spices. I then moved the spices from those little bags into jars. Those bags annoy me, seriously, they never close and I pull them out and spices spill ever.. cinnamon is the worst!

Saturday we spent the day outside, cleaning up the yard, cutting back our trees so we can cut the grass, and getting rid of dead trees. We weeded the garden, and then we all had a lovely three hour nap! M has been rocking super long naps lately, and I think its because we are usually outside all morning! Saturday evening we had a wedding social to go to up at the lake that I needed to take pictures at, so we spent some time up there and then headed out to our local pub for a Carrot River Idol contest and a few drinks (not for me of course).

Sunday I spent the day running back and forth to work as we finally had our train cars that had derailed earlier in the week and they needed to be filled!

Our weekends have been a bit busy lately but we have been totally 100% enjoying them!

June 8 Weekend

We have a bit of a busy week as Dan's gone for a couple days, then my birthday, Dr appointments and Maddox's birthday party (his birthday isn't until the 21 of June). It's also family festival and a few other things going on this weekend so it should be fun!

Bring on summer!
 

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