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Chocolate Peanut Sesame Granola Bars March 21, 2013

Jamie says:  The day finally came… I made my first granola bars!

I’ve wanted to make granola bars for a while now. I think the inspiration came during a beach walk for diabetes with dietitians from my local dietetic association. We were talking about food and recipes. (Are you surprised?) I woke up early this morning and bam- got bakin’ in the kitchen before work. I didn’t regret it one bit (or should I say bite)…

Chocolate Peanut Sesame Granola Bars

Chocolate Peanut Sesame Granola Bars

I was excited to see that the mix looked so pretty…

Check out that beautiful (and tasty) medley of ingredients!

Check out that beautiful (and tasty) medley of ingredients!

Before it’s cut, it looks like one gigantic granola bar!

BIG granola bar (before it's cut)

BIG granola bar (before it’s cut)

It’s so fresh and the perfect combination of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy.

This isn't your average granola bar...

This isn’t your average granola bar…

The wheat germ, oats, and ground flax seeds come make a great base, while the sesame seeds, peanuts, dark chocolate, and cranberries make great additions.

Loaded with flavor and nutrition

Loaded with flavor and nutrition

Chocolate Peanut Sesame Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (Quaker)
  • 2/3 cup honey crunch wheat germ (Kretschmer)
  • 3 packets (19.5 g) milled (ground) flax seed (Hodgson Mill’s Travel Flax)
  • 1/4 cup roasted sesame seeds (AFC- Advanced Fresh Concepts)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries (Craisins Original)
  • 1/4 cup lightly salted cocktail peanuts (Planters)
  • 1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate morsels (Ghiradelli)
  • dash sea salt
  • 1/3 cup pure clover honey (Publix)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (Crisco)
  • 1/3 cup trans fat free original buttery spread (Smart Balance)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a  shallow 7 x 9″ baking dish with no stick cook spray.
  2. Mix first 8 dry ingredients (oats, wheat germ, milled flax seeds, sesame seeds, dried cranberries, peanuts, chocolate morsels, and sea salt) in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients (honey, canola oil, and buttery spread) in a small bowl.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Press mixture into baking dish. Bake for 16 minutes. Allow to cool. Refrigerate. Cut into bars with a hard spatula. (If pieces come loose, press them back into bar.) Enjoy or freeze.

Servings: about 12

  • Nutrition note: The base of this bar is not your typical “enriched flour” deal. The triple play of wheat germ, ground flax seeds and oats are your powerhouse here.  Wheat germ adds vitamin E and folic acid; ground flax seeds (make sure their ground to get more nutrients) add omega 3s; and oats provide soluble fiber. The tasty mix-ins provide a nutrient boost, too.
 

St Patty’s Day Lucky Charms Breakfast March 17, 2013

Jamie says: Happy St Patrick’s Day, and top o’ the morning to you!

Thanks to my parents for the awesome St. Patty’s Day care package, I had a festive breakfast this morning that included some green (pistachios) and pot o’ gold (or at least a marshmallow one).

St Patty's Day breakfast

St Patty’s Day breakfast

I liked having the smaller size container of Lucky Charms instead of the whole box.

Just add milk (fat free milk, that is)

Just add milk (fat free milk, that is)

I enjoy Lucky Charms once a year for this Irish holiday. They bring me back to when we used to go on ski trips in North Carolina when I was little. (I’m really surprised I can remember that.)

With Lucky Charms and green pistachios, the leprechaun would be proud...

With Lucky Charms and green pistachios, the leprechaun would be proud…

The frozen bananas had a large marshmallow-like consistency.

St Patty's Day Lucky Charms Breakfast- Lucky Charms, Quakers Oatmeal Squares, pistachios, frozen banana slices, and fat free milk

St Patty’s Day Lucky Charms Breakfast- Lucky Charms, Quakers Oatmeal Squares, pistachios, frozen banana slices, and fat free milk

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 0.75 oz (1/2 of a 1.5 oz bag) Wonderful roasted and salted pistachios
  • 3/4 cup (1/2 of a 1.7 oz container) Lucky Charms cereal
  • 1/4 cup Quaker brown sugar Oatmeal Squares cereal
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk

Directions:

  1. Slice banana. Place in a reclosable container in the freezer until frozen.
  2. Remove shells from pistachios.
  3. Pour Lucky Charms and Oatmeal Squares in a bowl. Mix.
  4. Top with pistachios and frozen banana slices.
  5. Pour milk on top. Enjoy with a green napkin!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: You can purchase sugar-sweetened cereals (and other treats) in smaller packages so you get your sweet fix but you’re not as tempted to eat a large portion. You can also mix in a fiber-rich whole grain cereal and some nuts to help fill you up.
 

TSOK Photo on the National Nutrition Month Facebook page March 16, 2013

Jamie says: I submitted a food photo from my Two Sisters, One Kitchen blog for the National Nutrition Month Facebook page and it made it!

Two Sisters, One Kitchen photo on the National Nutrition Month Facebook page!

Two Sisters, One Kitchen photo on the National Nutrition Month Facebook page!

The meal includes 4 of the 5 MyPlate food groups.

4 of the 5 MyPlate food groups covered here!

4 of the 5 MyPlate food groups covered here!

Click here- Curry Cumin Cabbage with Quinoa, Red Beans, and Mango– for the recipe to make this colorful, tasty, and healthy meal.

Curry Cumin Cabbage with Quinoa, Red Beans, and Mango

Curry Cumin Cabbage with Quinoa, Red Beans, and Mango

 

1st Prize in the Cigna Recipe for Fun Contest March 15, 2013

Jamie says: Thank you to everyone for your votes in the Cigna Recipe for Fun Contest!

I am super excited to say I won the 1st prize!!!

My recipe won 1st prize in the Cigna Recipe for Fun Contest!

My recipe won 1st prize in the Cigna Recipe for Fun Contest!

The 1st prize is Cuisinart 14-Piece Deluxe Grill set and a Williams Sonoma Smokehouse Rub!

I won a Cuisinart 14-piece Deluxe Grill set and William Sonoma Smokehouse Rub!

I won a Cuisinart 14-piece Deluxe Grill set and William Sonoma Smokehouse Rub!

My winning recipe was Honey Grapefruit Quinoa with Fresh Mint.

My winning recipe: Honey Grapefruit Quinoa with Fresh Mint

My winning recipe: Honey Grapefruit Quinoa with Fresh Mint

Go healthy and delicious!

Honey Grapefruit Quinoa with Fresh Mint, Cranberries, and Almonds

Honey Grapefruit Quinoa with Fresh Mint, Cranberries, and Almonds

I’m super stoked! Thank you again to everyone for their support!