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Snack Time!

June 24, 2011

Working in the garden can build up quite the appetite.  Though a lot of my garden time “snacks” might come in the form of a 12 oz bottle, I do occasionally reach for something in solid form. 

Of course you can always snack right out of the garden.  I believe these peas make for a nice sweet one.  And I can’t wait until the cherry tomatoes ripen.

Sweet Pea from Garden

But sometimes you just need something a little heartier. 

Enter Eat Live Run’s Yogi Trail Mix Bars.  I’m not crazy about your run of the mill pre-packaged granola bars (though I do love Larabars), but I am in love with this homemade version and have been making them ever since ELR posted this recipe.

They’re simple enough to be kid-friendly.  And such a better travel snack than a candy bar or those 100 calorie pack things that leave you hungrier than you were before you scarfed it down. 

Pretty darn cheap too.  Which is how I roll. 

And today is so beautiful outside after a gloomy week…and unfortunately I’m under the weather and stuck inside.  I literally have zero voice from this chest cold thing I got going on.  I have been so hungry today, so what little motivation is left in me…was put into these.  No worries no coughs made it near the food – like I’d share these anyways.

Yogi Trail Mix Bars

recipe from Eat Live Run (awesome blog)

1 cup honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4th tsp salt

2 T granulated sugar (I skip this, I think they are plenty sweet without)

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup oat bran

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

3/4 cup dried cherries, cranberries or berry blend (I stick with just cherries)

Combine the honey, vanilla, salt, sugar and peanut butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about four minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients except for chocolate chips. Pour the boiling honey mixture over the oat mixture and toss well. Finally, add the chocolate chips and fold together.  Careful to not overmix, chocolate will melt.  I’m impatient and my chocolate almost always melts.

Press mixture into a greased nine-inch pan and pat down with wet hands. Chill in fridge until firm, before cutting into bars.  Makes about 16 bars.

Eat Live Run yogi trail mix bars

 

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