Good. Now go make BOTH of these recipes.
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
Preparation1. 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.**
* 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 :-)