Monday, February 10, 2014

RECIPE: Gluten Free Oatmeal Granola Bars

Y'all I was so excited that these turned out the way they did! I've been trying to nail this recipe down for quite some time.

My kids love granola bars and I just hate buying them. They usually have questionable ingredients and are kinda pricey.  These are similar to those quaker oats chewy granola bars but have ingredients you are familiar with.

Plus it's so simple to just mix them up.

They are perfectly sweet and hold together beautifully.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Granola Bars

1 1/2c gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1c gluten free brown rice cereal
1T chia seeds
1/3c no sugar added sunflower seed butter
1/3c honey
1T coconut oil
1t vanilla
1/2c chopped dried dates
pinch of salt

Mix together your dry ingredients- oats, cereal, chia seeds, and salt in a large bowl.  In a microwave safe bowl combine sunbutter, honey, and coconut oil.  Microwave for about 10-15 seconds.  This will just make it easier to mix into the dry ingredients.  Stir in the vanilla.  Add the wet into the dry and mix well.  Add the dates.  Press firmly into an 8x8 glass dish and refrigerate for a few hours or until set.  Cut into bars and store in the fridge.

You could also add chocolate chips... or dried cranberries... or raisins... or a chocolate drizzle (1T chocolate chips and 1/2t coconut oil melted).

What is your favorite granola bar?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Munchkin Meals: Letting Go

Last week at the grocery store I bought a loaf of bread and a pack of tortillas.  A million pounds was lifted from my shoulders during that shopping trip.

If you've been following my blog for a bit you know I've been trying to switch my kids over to a paleo diet.  I tried it for about three weeks and I'll admit it... I gave up.  I was so stressed out about what went into my kid's mouths that it was really getting to me.  I finally let it go.

My kids aren't going to eat a 100% paleo diet right now.  It's just going to have to wait.  I'm still going to refuse to feed them junk and chemicals.  They are just going to eat real food.

So here are some of their clean eats from this past week:


Steel cut oatmeal with grade B maple syrup and grass fed butter.  Plus pastured bacon and organic berries.  They had a cup of raw whole milk with this as well.  They eat this several times a week.


Organic Sunbutter and raw honey sandwich, local organic fuji apple, and a special treat of Trader Joes olive oil potato chips (just potato, olive oil, and salt).  They had water with their lunch.


Friday night pizza night!  A Rudi's spelt tortilla topped with Raos marinara, Kerrygold grass fed cheese, and Applegate pepperoni.  This was served with broccoli and water.

Have you ever just let something go nutrition wise?
Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician nor do I have any type of medical training. Anything documented on this blog is my personal opinion or a learned experience.