I absolutely love Nature Valley granola bars. They are crunchy goodness. But it seems every time I try to make crunchy granola bars, they fall apart almost immediately upon cutting and I am left with granola. If I had wanted granola I would have made granola!
Enter HalfBakedHarvest’s recipe. I think the simple missing ingredient was using the bottom of a cup measure to REALLY press down hard on the mixture before putting it into the oven. You can click on the link above for her recipe – I only changed two things based with what I had on hand – I used 1 cup of Cheerios and I subbed agave nectar for the honey. Oh, and I forgot I added 2 tablespoons of flax seed and 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds.
I actually used my hands to make sure every piece was covered in the peanut butter/agave nectar mixture. The parchment paper is key too – makes it super easy to get it out of the pan to cool before cutting.
So far it looks good!
After cutting?? Hardly any crumbs!!
Finally, a granola bar that stays together!! I will note that mine were a tad salty – I shelled my own peanuts, so if your peanuts are really salty, you can leave out the salt in the recipe. Still delicious – I need to make some more soon!
So we are flying by the seat of our pants this week food wise. I knew we had enough stuff in the house that I didn’t need to grocery shop – should be an interesting week!
Breakfast was blueberry Chobani pancakes. I was super busy at work all day so I just took a quick pick with my iPhone.
I decided to do the StairMaster at lunch. Tony and I signed up for Netflix because they were having a free month special. I watched a movie, but it wasn’t very good, but it made the time go by fast! I ended up doing 100 flights of stairs in 35 minutes, or 2.07 miles.
So yesterday was all about the sausage! I bought these last weekend.
The package had me at jalapeno! I decided to make a smoked sausage panini – I used store bought bread, baby spinach, horseradish mustard and a small slice of cheese with the sausage. My boss loved this!
We split a 1 ounce bag of pretzels and had oranges, strawberries and grapes on the side. #winning!
So then I get home and Tony asked what was for dinner. I start to mention “I have smoked sausage” and he said “put cheese on mine please.”
So this time I made a smoked sausage dog with sauerkraut on the bottom, the sausage, topped with a bit of blue cheese and hot giardiniera. I had a cooked baked potato in the fridge so those because some potato fries, with cucumbers and ranch dressing for dipping.
I think I have yogurt for breakfast parfaits this morning, and I think I am going to throw all the ingredients into a bag to make smoked sausage sauerkraut soup for lunch. I figure it can cook while I work!
Question of the Day: Sauerkraut fan or not? I can eat it out of a can cold, but Tony thinks it tastes like ass.
Make it a great day!!