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Pumpkin Cranberry Breakfast Bars

Yield 6 
2 cups rolled oats
¾ cup pureed pumpkin
½ cup apple sauce
¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped
1 tbsp honey
3 tsp Stevia brown sugar blend or 1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla 

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix together pumpkin, apple sauce, honey, 2 tsp brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix together oats and cranberries. Pour wet ingredients over oats and mix thoroughly, making sure all oats are covered. 

Line a 9x9 cake pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray (paper should be long enough to go up sides of pan to make it easier to life bars out). Spoon oats into cake pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle remaining teaspoon of brown sugar blend on top. 

Bake for 15 minutes. Lift out oats using sides of parchment paper and transfer to cooling rack. Let cool for 10 minutes and cut into 6 bars. 

Pumpkin Cranberry Breakfast Bars 

perfect for fall 

click here for recipe

this was my dinner last night and it was tasty and it really made me wish that it was cold here already. today: hot, overcast, and humid 

i keep painting my nails dark colors and wearing long sleeve shirts hoping that the weather will cool down if i dress for it

annnnnd that is exactly how little i have to say - i’m literally talking about the weather. but i’m also in class learning about Franklin and his virtues

homemade granola bars

[more granola!] granola bars

i used the same granola recipe from yesterday, did a rough chop on the dry ingredients in my vitamix, and then used a little less peanut butter and added a splash of almond milk

if you’re making bars instead of granola, make sure to press the mixture into the pan

dried fruit granola w. peanut butter and honey

this was my attempt at making granola bars, but i didn’t pat it down enough before baking and didn’t have time to let them cool, so i just dumped the pan onto a cookie sheet and let the crumbles cool there for a little while

then packed it up and brought it hiking with me 

so i’d venture to say this worked out better because i was able to pass it around to share with everyone then just close up the container and keep walking

more hiking! it was my friend jessica’s last day in california before heading off for the freezing cold east coast (sorry ‘bout that, hun) and a few of us went hiking … yet again. 

my brother had also just visited last night from northern california and i prepared breakfast before he and his friends headed out early to go ride horses or motorcycles or helicopters … whatever those boys do … i can never remember … 

[so i went out and bought them bagels and scrambled some eggs- really gave them the star treatment] 

BUT with all of this i was still able to make some tasty granola for me and our friends for our hike [and they seemed to quite enjoy it - with jessica telling me it was ‘literally’ the best granola she’s ever had]

how?  this granola recipe was incredibly fast and easy and was meant for bars but the one thing i didn’t have time for was allowing it to cool, so i flipped the pan onto a cookie sheet, broke up the chunk a little bit, and allowed it to cool like that 

preheat oven to 350


    1/4 c. honey
    1/4 c. all natural peanut butter (chunky or regular)
    1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 1/4 c. traditional rolled oats
    1/4 c. dried cranberries
    1/4 c. dried apricots, chopped or other dried fruit
    2 tbsp. coconut (optional)
    2 tbsp. raw sunflower seeds
    2 tbsp. slivered almonds
    2 tbsp. sesame seeds (optional)


Measure peanut butter, honey, and vanilla into microwave safe measuring cup.
Melt 45 seconds on high, stir.
Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl. Stir peanut butter mixture into dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Press into nongreased 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10- 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

100% making this again

Spinach Salad - my mom makes this fantastic salad all the time and it’s always a hit, so to add some healthy greens to the table i hunted down most everything i needed in the huge outdoor market in Barcelona

-spinach leaves (i always de-stem them)

-dried cranberries

-candied walnuts

-chopped red onion

-diced avocado 

-bleu cheese crumbles [this salad had to do without - my friend is sadly allergic]

-balsamic vinaigrette [the dressing was just olive oil, balsamic vinegar, one clove of garlic finely chopped, and a little bit of lemon juice]

i have sooooo missed being able to make a healthy addition to a meal