I’ve made one of my favorite snacks recently with a new twist…
I found this mix at Trader Joes the other day and as soon as I saw it, I thought oat bars! As you know, I tend to cook by sight and taste, so the amounts I used would be guesses, for the original recipe go see Averie’s Oat Bars… I love how this recipe is pretty much anything goes. After making it Averie’s method for version 1.0, I’ve been using her recipe as a guide to remember what all goes in the ‘goo’ but then I tweak it up according to what I have on hand and what I’m craving…
For version 4, I didn’t use protein powder, but I did have flax seed and hemp seed on hand, so I used those… I did not grind my flax seed this time. The flax seed I used (golden roasted) added a nice roasted quality that I really liked. *Since I did not measure anything, I felt it was just a tad bit too dry, rather than adding more maple syrup (more sugar) or water (no added flavor), I decided to add a little travel cup of apple sauce. It was the perfect amount of wetness that this mix needed, and the end product was delicious…
peanut butter (crunchy)
The dry goods:
shredded coconut (mine was sweetened, so I used less maple syrup)
flax seeds (golden roasted)
In a mixing bowl add rest of ‘goo’ ingredients, or if like me you’re using up the last of the peanut butter, place ingredients in peanut butter jar. I like to take the chill off the peanut butter (because I use natural peanut butter that is stored in the refrigerator) and to melt the coconut butter just a tad… I put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds… just enough to loosen up the ingredients and make them easier to mix…
Then I place each bar into a snack-size zip-top bag and put back in the freezer. I then can snack on the bars whenever I choose. The don’t need to be frozen, I just like them cold… I will put one in my taste-tester’s lunch. Speaking of my taste-tester. As soon as these were cut, he snagged one… this mix is taste-tester approved! 😉
Thanks again Averie, for this awesome idea… I’ve been able to run away with it while still keeping to your idea… Thanks!
Oh… I have news… remember my experiment with sprouting the avocado seeds? Well, specimen A has started to grow a stem and I need to get it potted real soon!
Meanwhile, specimen B has started to grow a third root!
And in other photography news… I’ve captured a few new photos to share…
These photos are kinda old… but sometimes we get up to some interesting leftover creations… this one we’ve dubbed ‘bachelor chow’… leftover wild rice, frozen corn, salsa, and vegetable lentil soup served with chips both hot and not. 😛 It was really good and filling…
Well that about wraps it up…
Until next time…