Strawberry Crumble Blondie Bars

I created these for a picnic at one of our favorite local parks. We loaded up the picnic basket with Quinoa salad, veggie straws, spicy hummus and sweet peppers for dipping. And loaded up the car with friends and dogs and a few of these delicious summery bars in the basket to enjoy by the lake. The leftover bars were reminiscent of a strawberry crumble when we added a scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream on top.

 

 

Strawberry Blondie Bars
Dessert
 
Ingredients
Dry
  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1½ cup Flour
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
Wet
  • ¼ cup Earth Balance
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 ripe banana
Topping
  • 3-4 tbl Strawberry Jam
  • 1 tsp Lemon Zest or extract
  • 1-2 cups sliced Strawberries
  • chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Whisk together oats, flour, sugars, baking powder, soda and salt.
  3. Mix/Cut in EB butter, coconut oil and banana until resembles a crumbly sand mixture.
  4. Reserve 1 cup of this crumbly mixture.
  5. Press the rest of it in a brownie pan, bake until set (firming up and slightly browned) about 12 minutes.
  6. Crumble cup of reserved mixture over top.
  7. Bake until browned about 25-30 minutes.
  8. Let cool before slicing.

 

 

 

 

Review: The Sconage Bakery Granola

Some people are as particular about their granola as others are about tomato sauce. Some buy only one brand while others have recipes passed down through generations with specific ingredients and methods. I don’t typically buy granola because of the high sugar and heavy processing leaving an unhealthy product with no redeeming values (high in oil, refined sugar, refined grains etc.) .

However, when The Sconeage Bakery sent me a sample box with full sized packages of their Fresh Roasted Granola products I was happy to taste! They included a Blueberry Cranberry Granola bar, a Chocolate Granola Bar and a 1 lb. container of their Fresh Roasted Blueberry Cranberry Granola.

The ingredients were plant based and minimal, just what was needed for the texture and taste of each product. These indeed tasted like fresh baked products, things I would have been pleased to have come out of my oven for a special treat.

I was upset when I found the box on my front stoop (a day or two after it had arrived) because the box was bashed in and it had been very hot outside. Although the bars were a little smooshed, the wrapping wasn’t broken and no ants had penetrated the barrier. Whew! The chocolate was a little melty but that ended up being a good thing since it tasted like a giant delicious fresh baked chocolate chip cookie…Oh my goodness Yum. AJ and I had been outside working in the yard, mowing, trimming, planting when I had found the box and as soon as I assessed the damage I broke open the granola for a snack break.

 

It was super crunchy and sweet, the caramelized pieces tasting just slightly shy of burned, like caramel popcorn stuck to the pan. I loved the dried blueberries and cranberries mixed among the oats, wheat germ, walnuts, coconut, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. The only other ingredients were canola oil, vanilla, salt and brown sugar. This was AJ’s favorite of all three products. I’m sure this would be a delicious addition to coconut yogurt, fronana or on some fresh or grilled fruit, but we ate the majority of it, over a few days, by the handful.

 

 

 



My favorite was the Chocolate Granola bar, in all it’s giant gooey chocolate chip cookie glory. The package stated there were 2 bars in each Granola bar bag even though it was formed into one awesome envelope sized block of goodness. The blueberry cranberry bar was also yummy, but I’m primarily a chocolate girl. The ingredients in the bars were the same except the Sconeage Bakery swapped brown sugar for brown rice syrup to give them their chewy, soft consistency.Thank you so much to the Sconeage Bakeryfor sending me your tasty handcrafted treats to review!If you’re looking for a “somebody else did the dishes” super tasty treat with some redeeming qualities to boot, I highly recommend ordering some of their granola to try. www.sconeagebakery.com. They have many other enticing flavors like pumpkin, apple cinnamon and even make no sugar/unsweetened varieties, nut free varieties and 100% organic granola.

Everyday Chocolate Cookie Pie

A cross between a raw cookie and a decadent graham cracker crust pie, this chocolaty dessert is easy enough for any night of the week.

Everyday Chocolate Cookie Pie
8-12
 
I make this using almost exclusivity raw ingredients, especially raw nuts which give it it's creamy and rich consistency. As it is a rich desert, I have found a small square is decadent and filling enough for adult and child alike.
Ingredients
Crust Layer
  • 1½ cup nuts (almonds/walnuts)
  • ½ unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup dates (high quality medjool) or soaked store brand
  • dash of salt
Chocolate Layer
  • 1⅔ cup dates
  • ½-2/3 cup cashews
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • dash salt
  • 2 tbl. coco powder
  • chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
Crust
  1. Line a mini cake pan or round bowl with parchment or plastic wrap, enough to come up and over the completed pie.
  2. In the food processor or high speed blender, blend the nuts, coconut, salt and ¼ cup dates. You want a crumbly, sand like consistency; the date will act as the binder. You should be able to squish it into a ball and it holds it's shape. Add dates one at a time until the right consistency.
  3. When ready, press into the bottom of your pan or bowl.
Chocolate Layer
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and you're able to make into a test ball. Taste tester : ) Adjust more cocoa powder etc. if needed. (Add chocolate chips at the very end-if using).
  2. Press evenly onto the top your crust layer. Lay the extra plastic wrap over the top and smooth it.
  3. Refrigerate to help firm.
  4. Thirty minutes to one hour before ready to serve, use plastic wrap to lift out of pan and peel off.

 

Which bar do I choose? What are Snack, Protein, Energy, or Meal Bars? A review of CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics Fruit, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution & MacroLife

You want something quick and easy to have on hand for your family. Snack bars that are healthy, with whole food ingredients you can not only name but identify. There are many good well-known brands of snack, meal and energy bars out there including LARABAR,  Luna Protein, Clif MOJO, Clif Kid,Clif C,  Odwalla, Kashi, etc. So in this post I have reviewed a few lesser known bars that could be a great addition to your lunch boxes and pantries including products from CocoChia, Greens Plus, Nutrobiotics, Just Great Stuff, Purefit, Raw Revolution and MacroLife.

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Chewy, Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

I modified these from Baking Illustrated’s Triple Chocolate Brownies. These are chewy, yummy, gooey, super chocolaty and delicious! They were even better the next day.  I also tried freezing the leftovers and they were awesome when nuked for 10 seconds and topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. Mom, I know you’re on the next airplane here. I’ll have some waiting : ).

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Chewy Chocolate Chia Granola Protein Bars

These are so easy and versatile you will wonder why you ever payed $4-5 for a box. I know kids would love helping to make these too, they can dump all the ingredients in and stir away!

What is a chia seed you ask?

It’s a a small seed chock full of omega 3’s, fiber, protein and vitamins and minerals: calcium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iron, niacin and zinc.  It was one of the main parts of the ancient Mayan and Aztec diets. Now, athletes such as endurance runners, bikers and hiker utilize it as it is lightweight and full of slow burning energy. If placed in a liquid (like a glass of water) it begins to form a gel within 30 minutes. Researchers believe this takes place in the body, slowing the process of digestive enzymes breaking down carbs and converting them into sugars. It has been said to be beneficial to people with diabetes for this reason as well. You can also throw them in any soup or other liquid you want to thicken naturally, without the use of cornstarch or a roux.

Cha-cha-cha-cha-CHIA!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chewy Chocolate Chia Granola Protein Bars
Snack
8
 
These are so easy and versatile you will wonder why you ever payed $4-5 for a box. I know kids would love helping to make these too, they can dump all the ingredients in and stir away!
Ingredients
Sticky-yum
  • ½ C brown rice syrup
  • ⅓ C almond butter (or pb)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Filling-yum
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1½ cups Kamut puffs (or any puffed cereal)
  • ¼ C chia seeds (or sunflower etc.)
  • ¼ C unsweetened coconut
  • handful chopped chocolate chips
  • handful chopped almonds
  • ¼-1/2 cup Pea Protein Powder (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
Toppings
  • kosher salt (optional)
  • cocoa nibs (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt your nut butter, brown rice syrup and vanilla in the microwave for about 30 seconds, stir.
  2. Pour over all filling ingredients in a bowl, stir until coated.
  3. Press into an 8x8 baking dish
  4. Sprinkle kosher salt and cocoa nibs over the top, press with a fork or spatula.
  5. Stick in the fridge for about an hour to firm up, then cut into about 8-10 bars. We wrap them individually and have a quick snack for our lunch-boxes or on the run. I make double batches often and they turn out perfectly too.
You can add other seeds, nuts, dried fruit to make it your own. Let me know your favorite mix.

2 Kinds of Cookies & Chocolate Chip Pretzel PB Cookie Bars: Baking on Location with Mommabear

Mom had two of her usual cookie choices for the company to have during the week….Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip Toffee and Chocolate Chip. The end of the week we did some more baking to take to Grandpa on the Farm and to freeze for Dad’s hunting trip in September. We made two more of Mom’s specialties (she isn’t crowned the Cookie Queen for nothing!), Ranger Cookies, Oatmeal Raisin and decided to make something new…

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