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Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars April 21, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — Desiree @ 9:05 pm
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My husband works hard and long days outside as a recycling driver.  It’s kind of a crappy job, but he’s very good at it.  He needs good sustaining food to work all day non-stop.  He leaves very early in the morning (4am) and usually eats his breakfast on the go.  We were buying him protein bars but they were 1) expensive and 2) I couldn’t pronounce a lot of the ingredients.  So I started making him breakfast cookies. They were good but they were too “cookie” like and they didn’t last long because everyone wanted to eat them!

So I started looking into granola bars I could make myself.  I had no idea how EASY it was!

Here is the recipe I’ve come up with.  Give it a try, you’ll be amazed how easy it is too!

Homemade No-Bake Granola Bars

  • 1/2 cup agave or honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, homemade or store bought (HM is yummier!)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cup oats, old fashion or quick
  • 1 & 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1 cup trail mix of your choice or just dried fruits
  • 1/2 cup of toasted Flax Seeds

In a small saucepan bring agave or honey and brown sugar to a boil and remove from heat.  Add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring to mix well.

Combine all the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and pour in brown sugar mixture and mix well!  Spread into a 9×11 WELL oiled (with Pam) or lined with parchment paper pan and press down evenly.  Pre-cut into bars and then refrigerate until set.  Put into individual packages and store in fridge until ready to be packed for lunches!

You can replace the cereal with just extra oats and trail mix for a simple fruit and nut bar.  Just as good!

My last batch had no rice cereal and was made with honey.  This batch has the cereal, agave and flax seed.  I also picked all the almonds out of the trail mix because they make Jason’s mouth itch.  I’m such a good wife!

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My most favorite snack in the whole, wide world (right now) April 10, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — Desiree @ 4:00 pm
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Hummus.  Is there anything more lovely than hummus?  I think not.  I’ve been devouring hummus for the past 2 months like I’m pregnant and it’s my craving.  (BTW, I’m not and it’s not!)

Anyway, It’s expensive to buy!  Holy smokes, have you ever seen how much they charge for this?  If you have a food processor or a blender (and patience) it’s the easiest thing ever.  Here is how I make it:

  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans, juice reserved
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • olive oil (about 3-4 Tbsp, depends)
  • lemon juice (about the juice of one lemon)

Place beans, garlic, lemon juice and 1/3 of the reserved bean juice into the processor and turn on.  Stream in olive oil until it has reached the desired consistency.   Keep processing for 5-8 minutes (or longer) until it’s as smooth as you’d like.

That’s it.  Some recipes call for tahini but I haven’t been able to find this at my local Freddies so I just leave it out.  My taste buds don’t care.  Seriously.

I eat this with veggies, pita chips (keep reading to see how I make quick and easy chips), pita bread and by the spoonful.  Just kidding.  I don’t eat this with a spoon!

Quick and easy pita chips

Buy or make pita pocket bread.  Cut into pizza-like slices and separate halves of the pocket and place on cookie sheet.  Spray with olive oil or canola oil and salt lightly.  Bake at 375 degrees about 15 minutes, or until crispy.  Enjoy!

 

Breakfast Cookies March 21, 2010

Filed under: Recipe — Desiree @ 7:36 pm
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Ingredients
 1/2 cups sugar
 3/4 cup margarine
 3/4 cup peanut butter ( I used homemade!)
 1/2 cup water
 2 tablespoon vanilla
 1/2 cup of flax seed, ground in my morter and pestle. 
 2 egg
 1 cup whole wheat flour 
 2 cups all-purpose flour ( or you can just use all all-purpose flour if you choose)
 2 cup old fashioned oats or quick-cooking oat 
 1 cup carob chips, chocolate chips or raisins are an ok substitute as well.
 1 teaspoon salt

 1 teaspoon baking soda
 7 cups toasted oat cereal  I used Kashi Heart to Heart, but you could use Cheerios or ??

Directions
  1. 1
    Heat oven to 350°. Stir together sugar, butter, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal. Gently stir in cereal.
  2. 2
    Scoop 1/3 cup of dough into your hands (you can lightly butter your hands if you’d like them to not be sticky!)  Form into a ball, slightly flatten and place 4 inches apart onto ungreased large cookie sheet.  These cookies don’t rise/spread much at all.
  3. 3
    Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Store loosely covered.  Makes:  A lot!  I think I came up with close to 60, so you could very easily half this recipe if it was just for you or one other person.  Everyone in my family enjoys these, so they were gone in a week.

  4. 2 cookies are a serving and these are a meal by themselves.  And they are VERY filling!


  1. Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 serving
     
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories from Fat 79

    Calories 215

     
    % Daily Values*
    Total Fat 8.8g 14%
      Saturated Fat 2.988g 15%
      Polyunsaturated Fat 2.058g  
      Monounsaturated Fat 2.125g  
    Cholesterol 14mg 5%
    Sodium 219mg 9%
    Potassium 196mg  
    Total Carbohydrate 27.59g 9%
      Dietary Fiber 3.5g 14%
      Sugars 4.55g  
    Protein 7.4g  
     
    Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 7%
    Calcium 4% Iron 7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18