The urge to spend hours in the kitchen baking away has been building up for months now. Once our kitchen remodel was done, I’ve definitely been cooking but I still haven’t really baked. This Sunday I finally went on a little baking spree – it was awesome!
I wanted to make 2 things – granola bars and pumpkin muffins. After searching through my recipe archives, I found Jenna’s old recipe for chocolate peanut butter granola bars. I had all the ingredients on hand and got to work. I even got a chance to use my new fancy brownie pan!
This recipe actually requires no baking. Melt some honey and nut butter (I used my homemade almond butter) and pour it over the mixture of oats, choc chips, seeds (I used unsalted sunflower seeds instead of hemp), then freeze.
The new pan did all the work of portion controling these babies – 12 equal bars ~ 180 calories/each (I counted so that this wouldn’t happen again 👿 Actually I had this recipe saved for so long, I already had the calories pre-counted.)
I had to have a tiny taste! 😉 These bars are GOOD. I am not a huge honey fan so I would have liked to have a tiny bit less honey (they are also tiny bit too sweet), but you do need it for the stickiness factor. Maybe some maple syrup would be good – I’ll play with the sweetener/almond butter mix next time. The mixture of oats, coconut and chocolate was intoxicating. There will BE a next time. 😀
I put them all in little baggies and thew them in the freezer. I recommend keeping them in the freezer and letting them defrost just for a few minutes before consumption, otherwise they start to fall apart (still yummy though).
Next up: pumpkin muffins!
Once again I went back to my google reader and started searching. Another oldie came up – pumpkin and pecan oat muffins
When it said 1 banana, I assumed 1 mashed banana, and I used all walnuts instead of a mixture of walnuts and pecans. I have baking walnut pieces so it just made it easier
These muffins are small-ish but they are DENSE – full of oats and nuts… and banana flavor! I think the mashed banana was at least equal to the volume of the pumpkin and definitely overpowered it. So yeah, basically these are banana walnut oat muffins. Delicious!
Yes, “icing” them with almond butter is encouraged 😉 (This was Monday’s breakfast – very filling!)
Thank you, bloggers, for your wonderful recipes. I enjoyed both treats. I hope the baking bug bites me again next week. 😀
Do you love baking? Do you have a favorite granola bar and a muffin recipe or do you constantly try new ones?