Raw Granola Bites

Recently I tried making granola. One batch turned out great, the other not so much. Truth be told, I ruined a whole batch of not-so cheap ingredients. But what really irked me was that just before I put the granola in the oven to toast, I was eating it raw and thought it was great. Determined to conquer my list of healthy ingredients, I tried again, this time making a snack item instead of a `breakfast` item. Thus I give you…. wait for it….

                                                                                                                              THE RAW GRANOLA BITE!

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  Okay, maybe I dramatized a bit. I was really patting myself on the back for these, then I got on pinterest and about 3 different people were blogging similar items.

  You should be able to flex this recipe based on what you have in your pantry on a regular basis. I usually have most of these in my cupboard with the exception of the  sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

1/4 cup of sunflower seeds (coarse chopped)
1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds (coarse chopped)
1/8 cup of chia seeds
1 & 1/2 cup almonds (coarse chopped)
1/4 cup oats
1/8 cup Artichoke vitae plus
1/4 cup protein powder
1/4 cup flax seed meal
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup erythritol
2 doonks (1/16 tsp) stevia extract
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 -1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

60% chocolate chips or cacao nibs as many or as little as you want. Bout 1/2 cup

The nuts and seeds can be replaced with other of your favorite nuts (unless of course, your husband is your favorite nut, please leave him out of the mix) and seeds. The chia seeds tend to get caught in your teeth, they can be omitted if you can’t handle that. The vitae plus can be replaced with more flax. If you are making these for your children, I would try to make adjustments to replace the sweetener with honey. (I am beginning to question the wisdom of using sugar and sugar substitutes unless you really need it to lose weight. If a recipe needs loads of sugar or sugar substitute, I try to stay away from it altogether-When my self control is working.) Pulse the nuts and seeds in a food processor if needed.

Mix all the ingredients together  and spoon out  with a tablespoon or cookie scoop onto a tray, then into the refrigerator until firm. Place in a pretty glass jar to keep handy in the refrigerator.  Or just do like I did and put them in a plastic container.

I have plenty of ideas to fancy them up a bit, cover them in chocolate,  wrap them around a soft chocolatey center, replace chocolate chips with dried fruit, or hire some one to figure out how to make it into an actual granola recipe. Haha.
  As they are, I think they fall in the ‘satisfying’ category if you are following the Trim Healthy plan. I am currently following it loosely, so I did not analyze it to be sure.

  I hope you enjoy these little bites! Have a wonderful day and remember, Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.`

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Non-Chips.

I love eating chips. Doritos and Kettle Brand are probly my favorite. First off, I have to say this. After my last post about eating healthy, I totally fell off the turnip wagon and rolled all the way to the bottom of the hill and landed in the pig feed where I have been feasting on awesome brownies by the Brown eyed baker . I do have my personal reasons, which I wasn’t planning to share, but it has something to do with (food) texture issues.
  Anyway, back to chips. When I eat real potato chips, I tend to get a real buzz. Its almost worse than candy.  If you are following the Trim Healthy lifestyle, you will know they have several chip alternatives. There are the Just-like-wheat-thins from the book, which I do like occasionally, but feel like I need to eat the whole batch because they do not keep for very long. Also the baked pitas and lavash breads. And zucchini chips and other vegetables made crispy by some method. All are very good, but not all are crunchy like chips and not all keep thier crispness more than a day.
  In an attempt to get back on track, I decided to make myself a ‘healthier’ snack. We just got back from a weekend away and have very little to eat in the house.
Normally when I make the chips using Joseph`s lavash bread, I spray a pan with a little oil, lay out my cut pieces,  spray those with a little oil, then sprinkle salt and pepper and anything else that I might want on top and bake at 350 til browned. Usually they turn out okay. Nothing too grand. 

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This last time I made them, I was impressed with how they turned out, and decided if I feed my kids chips someday, they shall be made like this.

I used a whole bag of lavash bread. I filled a small bowl with water. In another bowl, I mixed about a half cup of parmesan cheese, pinch of salt and pepper,(note: I forgot parmesan is so salty, so you may not want to add salt.) And about one and a half teaspoons of nacho cheese powder that I get from Azure Standard.
Preheat the oven to 350° then cut the lavash breads into pretty little triangles. If you are doing portion control, at this point you will want to note how many triangles you get from one serving. After I lightly spray a pan with oil, I gingerly dip the triangles in the water, give them a little doggy shake then coat them on both sides with the parmesan mixture, again shaking off the excess. Arrange them neatly in the pan and bake them til they are slightly browned, allow to cool, then chomp chomp. Hopefully they turn out great for you.

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For a dip, I plugged about half of a container of cottage cheese into the blender til smooth-ish and seasoned it with dry ranch dressing mix. I actually felt pretty good about my snack.