Sunday, September 25, 2011

Anna's No Bake Granola Bars

No Bake Granola Bars

This is my granola bar recipe adapted from various ones I've tried. Josh and I both love them and they are full of fiber and protein. I usually put them right into the freezer so they aren't eaten right away. They freeze wonderfully and thaw out really quickly.

Warning: If you use chocolate protein powder like I did these will taste like fudge bars or delectable no-bake cookies, so be careful :) But I've tried it with dried fruit and seeds instead and they are still really good!

1 cup peanut plain peanut butter (as in only peanuts!)
1/2 cup honey or agave syrup
3 cups old fashioned oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup fillers of your choice-I used sunflower seeds, chocolate protein powder, flax seeds. You can also do chopped dried fruit.

1. Put the peanut butter and honey/agave into a small sauce pan and heat on low and stir somewhat
    regularly. Careful not to burn, just get it warm enough to combine both ingredients.
2. This is optional- In the meantime toast the oats in the oven on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 5-
    7 minutes or until just browned.
3. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients - oats, cinnamon or other desired spices, and fillers. Mix until
    thoroughly combined.
4. Pour warm PB and syrup mixture into the oats and stir. Use a wooden spoon- this will be hard. Stir until
    all dry ingredients are at least moistened. It will still be crumbly. I've had to add a tablespoon of milk
    before because there wasn't enough liquid, but usually if you stir long enough it should work.
5. Pour all ingredients into a pan (This is a double recipe so I used 9x13) and with clean hands, begin to
    press the granola down flat. You may need to squeeze it together to eliminate holes. Once flat let set for
    about 10 minutes or more until cooler.
6. Cut with a sharp knife into desired sizes and use a spatula to remove. They may be crumbly depending on
    the liquid to dry ingredients ration, but hey, if they taste good, who cares!



Lately I've been feeling a little itchy. Itchy for something new. Itchy for ample time to try new recipes, to travel to far away places, or to just simply spend an entire day reading and relaxing. However, when I really think about it, if I had all this time to do the above I'd probably be longing for the work day routine I'm in now! And it's not that I don't enjoy my job or the place I'm at in life now, it's just our human nature (I think) to live much of life waiting for the next thing. Waiting for the weekend. Waiting for lunch. Waiting for the coffee to be ready. Ha! And I'm not saying all this is bad- it's good for us as humans to have things to look forward to and hopes to long for.

Yesterday, in the midst of these thoughts, I was reminded of Colossians 3:17: Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do. Whatever? ...Sweep the floor? Work a long day? Have lunch with a friend? Talk to my husband about his day? Water my garden? Whatever? Yes, whatever.

I pray that in day to day boring-ness or excitement, I would glorify God and thank Him continually for there is contentment and joy in this.