Granola Cearal

OK time for the granola cereal recipe. Sadly, I will be giving it to off memory because my computer failed to save it (probably user error). This should help you a lot though and of course you can adapt it to your own family. I am sorry on the delay for this post.  Since there was a delay don’t forget to look for the clues to the giveaway mystery box.

  • 2 cups of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips (as many or as few as you want).
  1. In a saucepan on medium warm the peanut butter, agave nectar, and brown sugar till it is almost liquid. Make sure you stir constantly or it will burn.
  2. Line a baking pan with wax paper or foil.
  3. Mix oats and liquid mix in the pan. This is best done with your hands.
  4. Put chocolate chips on top.
  5. Press entire compact.
  6. As for baking I baked at 350 for 35 minutes and put in refrigerator over night.
  7. Once they have set just pull up the wax paper and it will begin to crumble.

I am not sure how long this will store in a ziplock bag as my kids ate it all in a week. It cost about the same as a box of cereal and I knew exactly what was in it. I may not have got my granola bars but the cereal was a fantastic mistake. A small amount in milk fills my kids up quickly. I also gave them some dry and it seemed to be a nice energy perk while we played at the park.

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Sorry!

I want to apologize for missing Manic Monday Challenge yesterday and for not updating this weekend. I am stealing away a few moments during nap time to write this. Sadly all three of my girls have gotten sick. The crazy thing is they all have different illnesses. YUCK! So I may not be on for another day or too. I love writing but taking care of my little ones is my top priority. Make sure you have entered my give away and have a good day!

Abracadabra! The Granola Bar is Now Cereal! Part 1

Yesterday I attempted to make homemade granola bars. Have I told you I can cook but I can not bake? If not, now you know. I thought these would be easy.

First let me clear up some confusion; its hard to go to the store and buy granola. Being new to being healthy I did not realize with the oats and honey and such you are actually making the granola. Boy did I feel dumb when I looked up the definition of granola. Anyways, I looked at several recipes and found I did not have this or that for each one. UGH! I did not feel like a trip to the store so I got creative! I took a little but from 4 different recipes and combined it while crossing my fingers.

Just like with the ingredients my cooking methods were a combination. To start with I mixed my wet ingredients and my sugar in a pot and cooked it on medium till it was runny. I had to do this twice, so remember STIR! The first time I put my ever handy Robostir  in to the job. Typically this works great to stir things for me but the mixture was too thick and burnt. The second batch came out much better!

I went to line a pan with wax paper only to find out my only option was tin foil. Oh well, I figured maybe it would give them some crisp. The trio of recipes all had different “cooking” methods; bake , refrigerate, and just let sit. I mixed my dry ingredients and mixture in the pan by hand. I did as all three recipes said and packed it down tight. My bars got topped off with some chocolate chips and tossed in the oven an 1/2 hour. I thought it wont be long and I will have a yummy and gooey treat. Wrong! After allowing it to cool it still fell apart.

Methods 2 and 3 now needed to be tried. I covered my creation and let it sit a few hours only to see it crumbled. This time I had hubby pack it really tight and it found a home for the night in the refrigerator. This morning was like Christmas for a kid untill I saw my still crumbling “bars.” I was sad but this failure was no shock. As I said I cannot bake. Hubby got smart. He tossed all the crumbles – big and small –  in a bag and told me we had cereal. Hmmmmmm. Just maybe we was right.

The girls LOVED it. All three ate every bite and did not complain about being hungry an hour later. Overall it cost about the same as a bag of cereal and I know whats in it. We will be making Granola Cereal more often with different varieties! Tomorrow I will post a recipe and a picture!

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TMI TUESDAY

Thanks again for the questions, TMI TUESDAY!

Even if their team is not going to the Super Bowl, millions of people love an excuse to party. So party we will. Tell us what your ideal Super Bowl Celebration (or any sports party) looks like by answering:

I am not having a party this year but wanted to answer anyway. There are a few questions about alcohol (Yes, I know not healthy) but I decided to leave them in. Most of my answers do not fit the blog theme (HEALTHY) but sometimes you gotta splurge.

1. What’s your favorite _____ that you’ll serve at the party (name one item for each):
a. choice of beer Not a beer drinker.
b. choice of wine Any red wine.
c. choice of distilled spirit. Again not really my thing
d. choice of mixed drink margaritas
e. choice of chip. Pita Chips/Pop Chips/ Or Cheese Puff
f. choice of dip Queso!!!
g. choice of take-out food (pizza, burgers, Chinese food, wings, etc) Pizza or Honey BBQ Boneless Wings
h. choice of homemade food Pigs in a blanket or turkey meatballs
i. choice of salty food Chips
j. choice of sweet food Anything. LOL

2. What will you wear at the party? Jeans and a T-shirt. I will wear a Jersey is the Cowboys ever make it again.

3. You will be having your very own half time show at the football party. What is that half-time show? Briefly describe. I don’t know where to begin. maybe some karaoke……

4. What team do you wish was playing in the Super Bowl? Dallas Cowboys—-Texas Girl At Heart!

5. The NY Giants and New England Patriots are in Super Bowl 2012, who do you want to win?  (ummm…yeah, I had to google that info…LOL) Who everyone else want to lose 🙂

 

Feel Free to Answer The Questions in the Comments!


Manic Monday Challenge #3

Sorry I am posting this so late tonight. Not feeling so well but here it goes!

Last Weeks Challenege

Get at least 1 minutes of active yesterday every day. Did you do it! I did every day but Saturday. Dance parties, gyms, and my favorite was Sunday. Some of the shopping centers near by have a play area so we walked the shopping center, took my daughter to play, and had frozen yogurt. So much fun!

Challenge #3

Who is ready for the next challenge? No Fast Food! Thats right no fast food this week! I should be able to do this but I am not sure. I will be running errands all day tomorrow so I better find something. Also my play group always meets at Chick Fi la  or Mcdonalds on Fridays. I can do this! I will pack a lunch or eat before I go.

I’m A Grazer!

It hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday; I am a grazer! Yesterday morning as I was making my girls breakfast I tossed a piece of cereal in my mouth and licked the yogurt spoon clean. Harmless right? NO!

After I realized what I did I decided that I wanted to track just how much I nibble in one day. I found I am at my worst when I make my kids their food. Often I have to cut it up, especially since G is only 14 months old. As I cut or rip it apart I grab a small piece here or there. Also, after they get done eating if there is only a bite or two left and I will eat it up. So yesterday every time I wanted to put something in my bottomless pit of a stomach I put aside. By the end of the day I had an interesting collection: cereal, cut up chicken, peas, corn, popcorn, pretzels, cut up pork, half a banana, and that’s not counting wanting to lick the spoon clean of yogurt, mashed potatoes, and pudding. Before you ask, no I did not put the spoons to the side. I figured out about how much was on them and wrote it down. By the end of the night grazing would have added 674 extra calories to my day! That is more than half my calories allowed in one day. WOW! I  know my grazing is worse when it’s not a day at home. I have the habit of eating that last chicken nugget or the few lonely fries.

I am betting if you are a grazer you do it without thinking just like I do. Make a point to think about every piece of food you put in your mouth. Do what I did and see how many calories you are saving yourself.