Friday, August 17, 2012

Got Oatmeal?

Good. Now go make BOTH of these recipes.

Right now.

Two people from different parts of the country shared recipes with me last week and even though the recipes were very similar, I decided I needed to make them both. At the same time.  And boy, am I sorry I did, because I CANNOT STOP EATING THEM! 

The first recipe, from Weelicious, is for a delicious granola bar. I tweaked JUST a little - here's the original recipe from Weelicious, then my amendments are in red. 

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars


  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut I can't find unsweetened, so I did use the sweet kind
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar Omitted but sprinkled about 1Tbsp on top
  • 1 cup chocolate chips* Didn't have any, but I chopped up a Hershey's bar to mix in.
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil I used coconut oil instead
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Almond extract, because I adore nothing more in the world than the smell of almond extract.
  • 1/2 cup honey


1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
5. Place granola mixture on a parchment lined baking sheet and shape into a rectangle, about 13 x 9 x 1 inch thick.
6. Bake for 40 minutes.
7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes then cut into 3 x 1 inch bars.**
8. Serve.
* You can substitute raisins or other dried fruit for the chocolate chips.
** Individually wrapped, the bars will remain fresh for several weeks.

I thought I messed up somehow (maybe leaving out the brown sugar) because I was too impatient and started trying to eat them AS SOON AS THEY CAME OUT OF THE OVEN!  However, I had to leave and get the kiddo from school and when I came back - solid! Yay!

The kids have LOVED these and I'm not going to lie, I haven't stopped eating them either! I think the crumbles (from before I let them set up) will be FANTASTIC mixed into Greek oatmeal or even with some warm milk over top! (maybe with the honey Greek frozen yogurt I have outside in the freezer?!)

The second recipe was a suggestion of a friend, and she said to make sure you have people to share them with, because they are slightly additctive.

That was a HUGE understatement! These things are PHENOMENAL!  They are a no bake peanut butter chocolate cookie.  The recipe can be found at The Gracious Pantry under the title "Mini Chef’s No-Bake Cookies." 

Clean Eating No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla - Again, I used almond
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter I used Smucker's Natural (peanuts + salt!)
  • 1/4 cup psyllium husks (you can substitute with wheat germ or oat bran too.) I used Flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1. Combine all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon.
2. Spoon 20-24 small balls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 45 minutes.
3. Remove sheet from freezer and transfer the cookies from the parchment to a Tupperware dish with a good fitting lid. The best way to remove them from the parchment is to get a good grip and twist slightly.
Store in the freezer (if you have any left over to store – don’t say I didn’t warn you!).
These are awesome for energy! I have LOVED popping one in my mouth before I head to the gym (or any other time) because I feel like they are an energy POWERHOUSE! Peanut butter, chia, flax.... seriously delicious too. Mine haven't left the freezer, I like the frozen texture of the honey.

So if you need snack foods - these should be your go-to's. Obviously it's not a great idea for someone in the early IQS stages, but honey is on my "natural ok" list for where I am in my journey - I haven't felt any adverse reactions, cravings, pain, etc., since eating these.

So check them out, try them out, let me know what you think. I think the granola bars would be DELICIOUS with some kind of dried fruit - raisins or cherries.  And there is NOTHING to improve upon for the cookies :-)


  1. Refrigerator Oatmeal
    Great easy breakfast for on-the-go. Thow it together the night before.
    The oats absorb the milk overnight to the perfect texture. You can eat it cold or warm it up.

    1/2 c rolled oats
    1/2 c Milk (or rice, soy or almond)
    1T or less sweetener (honey, brown sugar, jam, etc)
    Then a million varieties...
    + 1/2 banana and cinnamon
    + diced strawberries and honey
    + 1/2 a peach or nectarine diced and cinnamon
    + strawberries and rhubarb jam
    + cocoa powder and peanut butter or other nut butter
    + applesauce and cinnamon
    Mix it all up in jar or Tupperware and fridge it overnight! Voila!

  2. YUMMMMM the flax and chia one is right up my alley! :) Thanks for sharing these!

  3. I have to try both of these! I can't find unsweetened coconut either...I'm assuming a place like Whole Foods would have it (and charge and a ton for it!).