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Recipe: Chia Peanut Butter Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

Chia Coconut Granola Bars

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 🙂

Recipe: Homemade Cheese Crackers

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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These May Seem like Ordinary Oatmeal Cookies…

So I decided a while back that if I was going to make cookies all the time for people and those same people were going to complain about how they eat all the cookies and then feel guilty about it, it wasn’t truly a gift.  I didn’t want to be making everyone feel guilty about eating delicious cookies.  So, with a stroke of sheer genius, I decided to modify a cookie recipe to make it SUPER HEALTHY, but still taste good.  These cookies have been a huge hit so I’m finally putting the recipe online so I don’t have to write it out for people anymore.  As with just about anything I cook / create, there is always a little wiggle room to make it your own.  You can substitute any type of dried fruit, nuts or chocolate and these will still taste amazing!  Here’s the recipe:

1/4 cup applesauce

1/4 cup butter (softened)

1 egg

1/4 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1/2 banana)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup unbleached white flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the butter, applesauce, eggs and sugar together then add the vanilla and banana.  In a separate bowl mix the powdered ingredients, then gradually add them to the creamed mixture.  Once all ingredients are thoroughly blended, add the oats, then the dried fruit, chocolate and nuts.  Once everything is evenly blended, drop about a tablespoon full of batter onto a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes.  (The cookies are very dense so I like to make them very small.)  Make sure to remove them from the pan within minutes of taking them out of the oven because they have a tendency to stick.