Thursday, November 01, 2007
Yesterday I taught a Halloween playlist in my Spinning class...yes, it was as corny as you can imagine, but we had fun with it. Instead of junky treats, I made my "famous" (haha) Granola Bars to give out, and they were definitely a hit. (You can find the recipe in both my CookBook and my Shared Recipes on my SparkPage.)
After making these 100% organic and ultra-healthy granola bars weekly for several months now, I feel that I've definitely perfected my technique and flavor combos.
The recipe I originally entered called for a few things that I'd now say are optional--like dried coconut and almonds. Flaxseed might have also been in there too, but I can't remember. I also estimated it at 12 bars/servings, but usually cut them into 14. But basically, the base granola bar mixture can have anything added to it!
My favorites are
1- peanut butter (about 1/4 cup), chocolate chips (about 1/8 cup) and chopped almonds (1/4 cup)
2- dried cherries (1/4 cup), chopped almonds and chocolate chips ( I buy the fair trade/dark chocolate/organic kind, which are healthier.. A little goes a long way.)
I also add a few whole flaxseeds for some extra fiber sometimes.
Anyway, this just goes to prove that healthy food can be tasty too--even if you think you don't like "healthy" stuff. The students raved about them and how they taste so "fresh" compared to what you buy at the store. I have to add that they're super easy to make and also cheap! I buy nearly all the ingredients in bulk form, which saves tons of money too. I usually eat two bars for one of my snacks each day. When I have extras at the end of the week, I bring them in to the SP Cafe and they vanish instantly. We love our good food here. :-)