Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Finn in the kitchen

Finn helps me make dinner everyday. Sometimes in his sling, sometimes on my hip, and sometimes in his bumbo chair. He loves playing with various kitchen utensils. Playing is a loose term that mostly means chewing but he has added banging against the counter to his repertoire. His current favorites are the tbs measure and the whisk, both feel great on the gums!

Last week we made up a delish granola bar recipe. I have been asked by a few people to figure out the quantities and write them down so here it is, a recipe for Finn's fantastic granola treats!

Aka "Granola Bars with Peanut Butter, Pepitas, and Dark Chocolate"

2 ¾ cups oatmeal (not instant)
¾ cup pumpkin seeds/pepitas
¼ sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 dashes cardamom
½ tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp sea salt
2 bars good dark chocolate- chopped

1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil
3 tbs butter- melted

Preheat oven to 400, butter/oil a med/large baking pan.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Whisk all wet ingredients together in a medium bowl.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Scrape mixture into a glass baking pan (mine is probably 7 x 10?) and press firmly into the pan. (the bars should be less than 1/2" thick)

Bake for 15-25 minutes depending on your oven. I bake it until it is med golden brown and the edges are starting to get deep golden brown.

Remove from oven, using a spatula score the bars in the size you prefer. Let the bars cool in the pan. Once cool use a spatula to loosen the edges around the pan, then use the spatula to carefully loosen them from the pan and break/cut into pieces.


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