Do you have any recipes/foods that you believe are so freaking amazing that you have actually considered selling them? I do, and it's my granola.
|I know this is such a tease. I'm talking about, and showing you my granola, but not giving you the recipe. I'm purposefully trying to entice you, so when you see this on your grocery store shelves you think "I HAVE TO BUY THAT!"|
When the mid-afternoon munchies come at me like a rabid beast, I know exactly where to go...my garage! Why the garage? That's where I store my granola. It's just so good that I can't keep myself away from it when it's too close to me (HINT: If you have a favorite food that you could mindlessly eat for hours on end, put it somewhere far away, like the garage, so you have to think before you dig in!).
Because I plan on selling my granola.....eventually (in my dreams really) I can't give out the recipe. But here are the ingredients;
Old Fashioned Oats
Old Fashioned Oats
But since I don't blog to disappoint, I will provide the recipe for my amazing granola bars. Nick gets a granola bar in his lunch every day. Yes, I married a granola bar lover (and of course, I'm a lover myself. I could live off of granola and granola bars. Toss me in the woods and leave me with a lifetime supply of granola and granola bars, and I'd be happy).
Have you noticed how expensive granola bars are these days? Have you noticed the nutrition facts? Many are loaded with added sugars, and not so many beneficial ingredients. For this reason I decided to come up with my own granola bar recipe. I wanted my bar to have some fruit, protein, and whole grains, so this is what I came up with;
Gina's Spicy Fruit, Nut and Oat Bars
(Makes 12 or 24, depending on how large you want to make them)
Cost: ~ $.70/bar if making only 12, and $.35/bar if making 24. Not bad considering one of these bars can basically be a meal replacement!)
4 cups old fashioned oats
9 ounces prunes, pureed (~1-cup total, after pureed)
3/4 cup almond butter
3/4 cup peanuts
3 Tbsp. molasses
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1. Combine the prunes, almond butter, and molasses in a bowl and put in microwave for about 15 seconds to get it soft. With clean hands, blend together the softened prune, almond butter and molasses.
2. Combine the oats, peanuts, salt, cinnamon, and cayenne in a separate bowl.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the prune/almond butter/molasses mixture, and blend to combine (with clean hands).
4. Add the mixture to a square pan, then put in the fridge for a few hours to allow to slightly harden, making it easier to cut them with a knife. (I actually use one of those brownie pans that is divided into squares already, and I cut them right away, while they are soft, then I put them in the fridge to harden so I can wrap them easily).
NOTE: These are not low FODMAPs . Dried fruits, especially prunes, should not be eaten often if you have issues with IBS. I can only handle a small amount of these bars at a time.
|Wrap them up and save them in the fridge or freezer.|