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Sunday Bake Series – Granola Bars

4 Nov

I feel I have been neglecting my Bake Series as well as my conviction against buying and eating processed food. I’ve been working so much that when I do my groceries I really do not feel like going home and preparing some kind of homemade snack. So I’ve had this obsession for ClifBar granola bars. ClifBars make energy/protein bars that use mostly natural ingredients but I would prefer to have made my own in the end.

This morning is the perfect Sunday for baking. Mark is starting night shift tonight so he was up all night so he can sleep during the day. I woke up extra early because of the time change – which I don’t mind. I thought it was 7am, but it was actually 6. So what a great day to make some homemade granola bars to bring to work as a snack?!

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup oil
  2. 2 cups oats
  3. 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup honey
  6. 1 tsp flaxseed
  7. 1/3 cup chopped almonds, cranberries, and any other nut/dried fruit you like (each)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F, mix oil and oats. Roast oats in oven for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix all remaining ingredients.
  3. When oats are roasted, lower oven to 350F. Mix in oats to the rest of ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes.

Unfortunately they are not as crispy as I would have liked, but they will do for this week.

I have a weak spot for historical fiction. Last week I finished The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon. I had previously read her last book The Golden Mean and in 2010 spent a week in Athens with the author and a group of 30 odd people from university. I was so surprised when I saw this in her acknowledgement:

I was really not expecting to receive that acknowledgment. It’s funny because I almost didn’t visit the Lyceum – it was an optional evening tour. I remember it was our first day in Athens, I was exhausted but riding a great travel high. My roommate Anna convinced me to come on the walk and I’m glad I did. We snuck into the archeological grounds. It was a recent find which meant no signage so no tourists were interested in it. We snuck into someone’s back yard and climbed a fence to get in. But it was worth it. We were walking around Aristotle’s Lyceum. Here is the group of trespassers back in 2010:

Annabel Lyon is second from the left. I am farthest on the right with my eyes closed… That Greek sun is bright!

Finally I want to send a shout out to Natalie. She is running her first marathon in Hamilton today. I wish her all the best of luck!

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Sunday Afternoon Baking

29 Apr

Mark was busy “saving the world,” as he likes to call it

Jeff was occupying his favourite place on the bed

So what do you when your boys are busy? Bake, of course!

I made granola bars. I normally make a variation of the same type. Today I was inspired to use pureed pumpkin from a recipe I used in Looneyspoons.

Mix all your dry ingredients: 2.5 cups oats; .5 cup of cranberries, sliced almonds, chocolate chips; 1 tsp flax seed, cinnamon; and a pinch of salt

Then mix all your wet ingredients: 1/2 cup honey; 3/4 cup pureed pumpkin; 1/4 cup butter; 1 tsp vanilla
*N.B. make sure your pureed pumpkin is thawed if you keep it in the freezer

Preheat oven to 375F, mix all your ingredients together – wet and dry.

Place evenly in greased pan. Pack down hard with the back of a spoon or your hand. Bake for 25 minutes.

Enjoy : )

I wrap them in plastic and put them in an air tight container.