Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Sparkling Clean Slate and a super simple and addictive granola recipe

There's just something so incredible about starting over. About beginning a new chapter and knowing what you did wrong last time. I'm telling you, it's almost better than my mom's lamb and rice.
Almost. ;p
If you're a redirected reader of my previous blog, then thank you for supporting me all the way through! I'll probably be reposting a lot of familiar old recipes, so please put up with me.
If you're new and just stumbled apon my little corner of the blogosphere, then a warm and hearty welcome to you! I offer you imaginary triple white chocolate caramel oatmeal cookies, and you can watch me devour them. JK; that might be going a little too far, though I could certainly use a cookie right now, or pretty much anytime. Who doesn't want a cookie?
Okay, I digress. You'll find that happening a lot- rambling on and on about random subjects tends to be a hobby of mine.

I'm not going to bore you with introductions right now, though if you would like to read more about me then head over to My Food Philosophy page.
I'm going to repost a recipe from my old blog that I cannot live without- the easiest and most delish granola bars ever! (The header is actually from this blog post.)

This is hands-down the simplest, tastiest, and best granola recipe I have ever tried. The saying "the best things are simple" clearly applies to this case. Yum. I've been looking for a granola recipe that's simple and has more of an earthy/oaty taste, and this is it.
It's a great recipe if you (like me) don't have any rice crispie cereal on hand and need a super nutritious and non-processed yet satisfying snack.

They're a great no-bake option as well- just press dough into pan and refridgerate for 60 minutes.

You can add dried fruit, chocolate chips, wheat germ, flaxseed, nuts, other seeds, and such to your granola bars to your taste. I added some wheat germ and chocolate chips, since in my world everything's better with chocolate!

RECIPE: (from
*4 cups rolled oats
*1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
*3/4 cup natural peanut butter or sunbutter, melted
*1/2 cup brown rice syrup (I used honey and it works gorgeously)

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2.) Mix all ingredients together and knead until fully incorporated. You may need to add a bit more honey or peanut butter depending on what you added into the granola bar
3.) Press dough firmly into greased pan and bake for about 25 minutes
4.) Take out and let cool


I crumbled a bar onto half a cup of low fat plain yogurt and added some raspberries and blackberries. Drizzled it with some honey and voila! The perfect pre-workout snack!

Just looking at this makes me happy ;p

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