Hola compadres!

Since we last chatted, I am one year older and still very pregnant. Each morning I wake up with a new ache so I know it's getting closer.

How does one hurt their knee while sleeping? Be 7+ months pregnant, that's how.

In the last week a few new things have happened...

  1. I celebrated my 29th year of life. Thank you to all my family and friends who made it feel so special. It was a pretty uneventful few days, which is exactly what I wanted. Full of food, laughs and some trivia domination.
  2. Stranger Things 2 has officially taken hold of my life. I just peeled myself away from the start of chapter 7 to finalize this post. It was really hard and I hope you appreciate this dedication to my craft. Chapter 6 was NUTSO, HOLY DEMOGORGON(S).
  3. We celebrated Halloween with some trick-or-treating and last minute costumes. I'm already using the candy to bribe and threaten my kids with good behavior erryday #matureparenting. I also took all Halloween decorations down the very next day and am ready for a Christmas explosion in this house. Nora and I watched Elf while taking down pumpkins and it felt very satisfying. SANTA!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween celebrations!

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Soooooo, lez talk granola.

Just like crackers, granola bars we're a thing I only ever saw or ate from a store package. I think I've had thousands of Chewy bars in my lifetime, but I avoid them for my own kiddos because of all the sugar and sketch ingredients. No thanks.

I was impressed how easy these bars were to make at home and bonus points, my kids love them! Especially if you add mini chocolate chips.

The base of these bars is the naturally sweet date instead of butters and sugars. Add in oats for fiber and healthy fats from nut butter and you've got a perfect start to your day or afternoon snack!

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I used some fresh apple in mine since I had like 4 left to polish off from apple picking, but dried fruits work much better.

You can customize these easily based on what you have on hand or how you want to flavor them. I think next time I'll try coconut or almond with vanilla!

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No Bake Granola Bars

Makes about 10 bars
Recipe inspired by The Minimalist Baker


Ingredients

1 cup dates, about 10-12, pitted
1.5 cups rolled oats, toasted
1 cup chopped nuts, pecans or almonds, toasted
1/4 cup honey, or maple syrup for vegan
1/4 cup peanut butter or nut butter
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Other add-ins: mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, coconut, vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, boil down chopped dates with 1/4 cup of water until soft. You could also pulverize them in the food processor until soft, whichever you prefer.
  2. Toast nuts and oats, if you want a deeper flavor, in a 275˚ oven for 15 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, mix dates, oats, nuts, honey, nut butter, flax seeds, salt and any add-ins you'd like.
  4. Line a 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper or cling wrap and press the mixture into the pan. Use the bottom of a cup or flat utensil to really press it down. The bars will hold together better if they are firmly packed.
  5. Freeze for about 30 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars and eat! Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the freezer for extended freshness.

I hope you enjoy this fun snack!

Toodles <3