Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Just call me Betty C. today...

...although I am not baking chocolate cake or cookies like I really would like to.

While Sam entertains himself with little 1 inch Star Wars lego men (yes Diane, he is still playing with them!), I thought I'd try out a couple of recipes. This granola recipe is super yummy. I made it as is...just make sure you keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.

Power Granola (from Cooking Light)
2 cups regular oats
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (pecans would be yummy too)
1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cooking spray
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.
Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information
196 (31% from fat)
Fat: 6.8g (sat 0.7g,mono 2.2g,poly 3.3g)
Protein: 4.1g
Carbohydrate: 32.5g
Fiber: 3.6g
ps: i get some of the above ingredients at our local health food store in the bulk section. cheaper than buying from the grocery if you just want a small amount.

Kim's "No Bake Cookie" Protein Bars
In my quest to find a good protein bar not full of random ingredients that I can't pronounce, I came across this concoction. It is super yummy and tastes *almost* like those no-bake cookies that I love. So I guess I did get to make cookies today ;o)

(measurements are approximate)
1 cup natural peanut butter (i used trader joe's brand)
1/2 cup honey
2 scoops chocolate protein powder (i used Arbonne's protein shake powder)
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon

put PB and honey in bowl and microwave 60 seconds so you can stir together smooth. add protein powder, oats and cinnamon and combine. mixture will be thick. put mixture in an 8x8 pan and spread evenly. cover with wrap and refrigerate at least an hour. cut into bars. i cut mine into 12 bars.

here is approximate nutritional info:
serving size: 1 bar
199 calories
9 g fat (that's mostly good fat, people!)
22.5 g carb
7.42 g protein

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