So I decided a while ago that I wanted to start making my own heathy snacks to replace packaged foods. This is one of my endeavors to get rid of foods with preservatives and incorporate more whole grains and seeds into mine and my kiddos diets. I have been loving granola bars lately and there is a homemade one at a coffee shop that I go to that is SO good so I was inspired to find my own recipe. I stumbled upon the blog Well Plated and found some great recipes, particularly a healthy Chia Granola Bar recipe that I modified. I love that these are a no bake recipe that can be kept in the freezer. Also, they were very easy to make as well as modify. I doubled the recipe because I’ve been super busy lately and want to have some snacks on hand, but here is a breakdown of what I included in mine:
1 1/3 cup creamy organic peanut butter
2/3 cup raw honey
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup organic black chia seeds
1/2 cup organic millet
1/2 cup organic dried coconut
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup raw organic chopped walnuts
To make, just mix all of the ingredients together and then spread the mixture into a pan and pop in the freezer. I cut mine into small 1″x 1″ squares so they are more like bar cookies.
The recipe is DELICIOUS and I love the combination that I made, however the possibilities are endless. Maybe next time I’ll try almond butter or some dried fruit for a different variety. The millet was the only ingredient that was completely new to me but I love it. It gives a great much needed crunch. These are definitely kiddo friendly and will give me lots of energy when I need something to snack on to keep up with these TWO kiddos 🙂
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Tagged chia seeds, cooking, granola bars, health snacks, healthy recipe, homemade, Homemade snacks, millet, no bake granola bars, peanut butter, raw honey, recipe, well plated, well plated blog
So yummy! I was inspired by a post yesterday from Weed em and Reap and I decided to try my hand at some homemade snacks for the little one. Cheese crackers seemed to be a great starting place for this endeavor so here it is! They were a big hit with my little cheese connoisseur!!
Recipe can be found here at home cooking in Montana.
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Tagged cheddar crackers, cheese, cheese crackers, cooking, homemade, Homemade snacks, natural parenting, recipe, snacks, weed em and reap
This is one of the best gardens I’ve ever had! Since my last garden update things are really taking off! Perhaps it’s the consistent watering, lots of sun or the 100s of caterpillars, aphids and snails I’ve picked off the leaves, but the plants are really pulling through this year. We’ve always been pretty limited in sunlight and having to use pots but I think we finally found a way to make it work. My sweet 100 tomato has about 20 little green tomatoes so far and it’s doing so well that I’m planting a second tomato-an heirloom pineapple tomato- in the front planter on the other side of the big ugly bush that I had to hack away. The sweet pepper plant has about 5 little peppers growing on it and the bell pepper has 3 little ones and a few more on the way! The herbs are doing great-except the parsley for some reason- and the strawberry is turning into a giant strawberry monster plant-it has about 10 new plants that it’s making so we’re putting it in a bigger pot. Our lemon tree looks like it’s going to have lemons for the first time ever with about 15 of them the size of cherries or so and plenty more blooms.
It’s been really fun gardening with Aleksa everyday and seeing her watch plants grow. It was especially exciting this week to watch her eat the first red tomato off the sweet 100. It’s so important for little kids to learn where their food comes from!
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Tagged basil, Bell pepper, cilantro, Cook, Garden, Heirloom Tomato, herbs, home, Parsley, Pineapple Tomato, Plant, strawberry, Sweet 100, Tomato, Tomatoes, Vegetable, vegetables in pots, Veggie Garden
Just finished potting some of the plants that I started sprouting a month ago. I have an herb pot this year with basil, cilantro and oregano as well as a pumpkin and strawberry plant. Excited to see how these do in their pots! Cementland out front is starting to look like it has some signs of life! Yay!!
Yesterday we went to CSA day at Tanaka Farms in Irvine. We have been receiving veggies from them for over a year and it was really nice to visit the farm and see where it all comes from! We hada great day and Aleksa got her first facepainting done (and she saw a pig). Tanaka farms has a great CSA program!!
Yesterday was Aleksa’s first Thanksgiving so I thought I’d share some photos and a video of our day (also wanted to prove to my family that I DID actually cook a Thanksgiving dinner…hehe).
I’m thankful for such a wonderful family!!
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