Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Satisfy your sweet tooth recipes

So with my overly sweet tooth (I blame it on the pregnancy) and Adam needing something on the go in the mornings, I had been searching for some new recipes to try out.  I found two to try out.  The first is one I tweaked a little, but I am sure the original is just as good.  

Vegan Protein Breakfast Granola Bars

4 cups quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup chopped cashews (you can use all walnuts or sub in whatever nuts you like)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Sucanat or sugar
4 scoops protein powder (I used chocolate, but you can't tell it's chocolate, I think vanilla would work well)
3/4 cup Earth Balance (a vegan sub for butter but you could use butter or whatever you use)
1/4 cup maple syrup (can use honey too)
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

All the dry ingredients.  Just look at those cashews.  Yum!!!

1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
3. Press firmly into a jelly roll pan (or a cookie sheet with high sides).
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Cool completely and cut into bars.
Now, I did score the granola bars when I took them out of the oven (shown below).

The original recipe said it makes 24, but I cut them into 20 so they would be a little bigger for Adam to use as Breakfast Bars.  The first morning he had one, he raved (and I don't blame him).  They are very good!  It's a nice switch from his breakfast cookies I had been making. 

Nutritional Breakdown is as follows:

Calories:  275 kcalories
Total fat:  14.8 grams
Saturated fat:  1.8 grams
Carbs:  28.6 grams
Fiber:  2.1 grams
Protein:  8.3 grams

I also made some Cauliflower Chocolate Chip Muffins courtsey of Runblondie.  I used her exact recipe so you can get it here.  They are quite tasty as well and a great mid morning snack after my Green Monster smoothie for breakfast.  Sorry, I forgot to take any pictures of the muffins, but you can get them on Runblondie's page.  FYI - it did take a few minutes to puree the bananas and the cauliflower, so be patient. 

Hope you enjoy these homemade treats as much as my family has.  What are your favorite homemade treats?


  1. These looks delicious. The problem is, I'll eat the whole container in like two sittings. I'm not good with moderation.

  2. I know what you mean. They are so good! I cut them up and then put them in storage bags in the freezer. That way out of sight, out of mind.