hitting the bars

Sadly, Mr. Right is still out-of-town on business, so I was hitting the bars pretty early today.

20180307_155743_resizedYesterday, I went to the store to buy goji berries and spied some gorgeous lavender tulips.  I bought myself flowers!  That doesn’t happen often and it feels extravagant.   (I am a very lucky & extremely grateful & fortunate girl……Mr. Right brings me fresh flowers once a week!)

HEY WAIT, BACK UP……..  fruit and cereal bars!  Jeepers, what bars did you think I was talking about?

These beauties have everything that I adore and pretty much everything that he abhors.  20180307_182457_resized

Goji berries, dried figs, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds along with some other tasty ingredients make a cereal bar that I really love.

Cut, wrapped and stored air-tight in the refrigerator, I read these will keep well for a week.  Mine have never lasted that long.  I made some last night and 3 are already missing.  Our sweet dog has her own treats, so I guess it was me that devoured those?  curious.

These quick to put together, no-bake fruit cereal bars are from the book,  Vegan for One by Elleen Jaffe Jones with Beverly Lynn Bennett.

Let’s face it, finding recipes that are geared to one or two people are sometimes tricky to find.  Yes, we can all alter the size of recipes, however, it is so nice to find one already written for a smaller size batch.

Before you pack all those beautiful ingredients, you line the loaf pan or cake pan with parchment …………..then you can remove easily to cut evenly and you don’t have to wash the pan!  That is a beautiful thing in and of itself.  I smiled just typing that.

20180308_082251-1_resizedIf you would like the recipe, I promise to share,  or better yet trade recipes with you……just leave me a comment.

Until then, here are the ingredients that you will want to have on hand:  rolled oats, dried coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, crispy or puffed rice cereal, 1/4 cup chopped dried fruit (if you choose goji berries please soak them in hot water first), flaxseed or hemp seeds, nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt. (The recipe makes 6 bars in a loaf pan or 10 slimmer bars in a cake pan.)

My world is off kilter when Mr. Right has to go out-of-town.  During those days, I try and bake/cook things that are not his favorites.  I try very hard to bathe myself in Grace & Goodness.

Here’s to health & wellness in the form of amazing dried fruit and cereal bars! 20180308_082608-1_resized (1)

In this together friends,

Chat soon.

sweet tooth fix

Every now and then I get a mighty strong hankering to curb my sweet tooth.

Yes, even folks that don’t eat sugar get a hankering for something sinful and sweet.

These little beauties fill the bill.  Easy, quick, makes enough for another few days, no baking, zero guilt and SO GOOD, you lick the spatula clean!

20151015_163635I call them Penny Blossoms.  Get out your favorite big bowl and magic wand (wooden spoon will work).

Combine 1 cup of gluten-free oats, 1/4 cup chopped almonds, 1/4 cup ground flax seeds, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (I use Fry’s) and some sea salt. (side note:  I have been know to add a teaspoon of espresso powder as well.)  Swirl together.

Melt 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond butter over medium heat.  Once all melty (yes, that is a fancy word) remove from heat and 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract &  1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon raw honey.  I happen to have the good fortune of using Befuddled Farms Honey.  So sweet and smooth and lovely.  I am so grateful to use such a fine quality product.   Here is a word to the wise, (seek out a local bee farmer, your world just got instantly sweeter.)

I encourage you to check out Befuddled Farms face book page.  You will “bee” happy that you did!https://www.facebook.com/beefuddledFarms

Okay, back to the “how to”.   Once the mixture has cooled slightly, pour it over the oat mixture & mix well with a spoon.  At this point you can toss in raisins, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds or chocolate chips etc..  Totally up to you.  Roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls. Please make a couple big, fat, lovely ones.  One of these gems will be perfect on your way to a bubble bath, when you really need a sweet tooth fix.20151015_165425-1

Keep in a covered glass container in the refrigerator.

Save for dessert or grab one on your way to fold laundry. Or grab one on your way to work.  You might consider nibbling one while studying.  Pick out the perfect one to sample while you go to face book and look up Befuddled Farms.   There is somethings really satisfying about eating a Penny Blossom while riding your stationary bike while reading a murder mystery.   Certainly all good choices.

Ah, fancy gold star for me, the sweet tooth is conquered, for today.