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Chewy Nut-Free Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

21 Sep


I posted this photo of a nut-free version of my granola bars on Instagram and was asked to share the recipe. If you can’t find brown rice syrup, substitute an equal amount of honey.

3 1/4 cups plain rolled oats
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons shelled raw hemp seeds
3 tablespoons buckwheat groats (aka kasha)
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup whole spelt flour or white whole-wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup brown-rice syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup coconut oil (warmed to a liquid state)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
scant 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life brand)

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees with rack in center. Line a 13×9-inch baking dish with a long sheet of aluminum foil and spray lightly with oil. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat, wheat germ, flour and salt; mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Add syrup mixture to oat mixture, mixing well with a wooden spoon until completly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Use a flat-bottomed measuring cup to firmly press oat mixture into an even layer. Bake until surface of bars appears dry and edges are just golden, about 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack, then use foil to lift bars from pan. Carefully peel foil from bars, then use a serrated knife to cut into bars roughly 3 x 1 1/2 inches. Store bars in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or wrap individual bars in plastic wrap and freeze.

Chewy Granola Bars

29 Jan

Chewy Chocolate Granola BarsI’m so excited to share this recipe with you. In search of healthy, homemade treats for my kids I tried a few different recipes for granola bars over the holiday break. After being underwhelmed by what was out there, I took it upon myself to come up with my own version. I love the resulting recipe and I hope you will, too! (I’ve even included a nut-free variation for allergy sufferers!)

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Chicken-Ginger Noodle Bowls

23 Jan

IMG_7128What do you think of this steamy, gingery bowl of soup? It’s my non-authentic version of an Asian noodle soup–the perfect winter supper for a family, as each person can build a bowl to his liking. Picky kids can have their plain noodles and broth, but you still get to have a grown-up dinner. Read on for the recipe… Continue reading

I’m Dreaming of a White Pizza

28 Dec

IMG_7091Pizza is a fixture in our regular dinner rotation. I always have a ball or two of dough in the freezer. At some point during the week, I’ll pop it into the fridge so it’s thawed and ready to be topped for a fast dinner. Pizza is a great vehicle for veggies (and a good way to introduce new ones to wary youngsters.) One of my kids recently declared that she “doesn’t like sauce” anymore so I made this white pizza for her. Nothing earth-shattering here–it’s pretty standard fare, but I did make a nice garlic and herb oil to brush on the crust before topping it, which added a lot of flavor. I think the lesson here is to get creative and inspired with your toppings. The possibilities are endless–and a wholesome homemade dinner is easily achieved.

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Ultimate Ginger Cookies

24 Dec

Ultimate Ginger CookiesThere’s nothing better than finding a great recipe. Whether or not said recipe was created by me matters not. What does matter is that this is the PERFECT soft ginger cookie. With a crackly sugared top and a strong, spicy flavor, this is one for the recipe box (or Pinterest board, etc.) I made 4 batches to give as gifts this season and will definitely be adding them to my holiday repertoire. Thanks, Ina Garten!

I like it so much, I’ll send you to another site to get it!
Get the recipe: Barefoot Contessa’s Ultimate Ginger Cookie

*Note: I did halve the amount of candied ginger when I made these. 1 1/4 cup seemed like too much and took way too long to chop! (By the way, use kitchen scissors to chop sticky things like ginger and dried fruit instead of a knife.)