Next up in my random “Second Trimester Food” Series are these Barley Granola Bars I made for healthy snacking.
Here is the recipe:
- 2 cups barley flakes
- 1 cup barley flour
- 3/4 cup honey
- 3/4 – 1 cup cranberries, blueberries and other misc. dried fruit you want to put in.
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1 - 2 TB flax seed mill (you can add more or less of this if you want)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
- optional: a handful of nuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, reese’s pieces chips, go crazy!
I modified this recipe from the regular Chewy Yummy Granola Bar recipe I’ve used in the past. I recently had a special blood test done to see what food sensitivities I have and oats, among other things, is apparently something I have an extreme sensitivity too. This is different than an allergy so don’t worry I will not go into anaphylactic shock if you make me something with oats . I just have to try and avoid eating anything with oats as much as I possibly can. (This can be very hard to do!). So I’ve been slowly trying to replace recipes that call for oats with other grains like barley, rye and quinoa. The taste was a bit different as well as the overall consistency but that might be because I only put honey in and a different type of coconut oil than in the past. It was nice to have some home-made snacks that I could eat readily available for about a week or so. (I had to hide them from everyone else to make them last that long!)
In the past eating anything with oats definitely did a number on my…er…digestive tract. My poor husband’s nose can attest to this fact. So I was hoping that exchanging the oats for barley would solve this (ahem) issue but it only seemed to mildly help. Sorry this might be “TMI” (or is it t.m.i?) but I’m curious if anyone else has this same experience after eating granola bars or granola?
Anyway, hope you enjoy these Barley Granola Bars! If you try this recipe let me know how it goes and if you have any suggestions for helping everything stick better and not crumble.
Mmmm, if you like whole-grain pancakes and dark chocolate, you’ll probably like these Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes my friend Monica shared and I finally made some this past weekend. Yum! Nothing like a little bit of dark chocolate to start the day!
Check out some other great recipes on this Tasty Tuesday!
I LOVE Chicken Salad. That and Broccoli Salad are a guaranteed YUM for me every time. I could eat it for breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternnoon snack, dinner, or before-bed snack. I love it in a croissant, or lumped between slices of whole-grain bread. Focaccia bread. Over butter-leaf lettuce or alfalfa sprouts (pictured above).
How do you like to eat your chicken salad?
My husband loves swiss mushroom burgers. I wanted to make a cheesburger meatloaf but didn’t have the recipe. So when I was looking around for one another idea struck me. It was incredibly delicious and so I had to share it.
2 lbs Ground Beef
3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
2 TB powder onion
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)
Worchestire sauce to taste
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
sliced bella mushrooms
1. Saute mushrooms in oil in a skillet.
2. Mix everything but the cheese together.
3. Spread beef mixture over some wax or parchment paper into a big rectangle.
4. Lay the sauteed mushrooms in the middle of the rectangle and sprinkle with about 2 cups shredded swiss cheese.
5. Using another wax paper (or parch. ppr) roll the beef rectangle into a roll. Sprinkle the top with the remainder of the cheese.
6. Bake in the oven on a baking sheet with the parch. paper at 350 for about 60 minutes.
What are others making this tasty day?
Matzo Meal Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard
I was wandering through the international section of my local grocery store the other day when I happened upon this Matzo meal stuff. The picture of the breaded chicken caught my attention and a quick check for the ingredients on the back sold me when I saw there were only two : Wheat Flour and Water (both of which I could actually pronounce)
They have a Lemon Baked Chicken recipe on the back I used to do my nuggets. I think I used 2 chicken breasts (pounded at the butchers) and cut them into small pieces. Then I dipped them into some egg and then into the breading mixture:
3/4 cup Matzo Meal
1 1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp lemon zest (you could also squeeze lemon juice over the chicken)
Then I fried this in coconut oil in the skillet and it was delicious! I served it with some yummy honey mustard (found in the condiments aisle) and it was a success!
I’ve tried making breaded chicken many times and this was probably the best it’s ever come out. The breading actually stuck nicely to the chicken but it didn’t seem too thick, it was just right. Matzo meal is my new friend when it comes to breaded chicken.
What else are other moms making for Tasty Tuesday?
Tator Tot Meatloaf
This was an invention and improv thing and it was pretty good.
1 lb Ground Beef
3/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup wheat germ and/or flax seed
1 tsp salt, basil, oregano, pepper, and onion powder
1/2 cup of BBQ sauce
mix all this together and spread it into greased square pan. Spread a little more BBQ sauce on top and optional shredded cheese. Bake this at 350 for about 55 minutes. Next time I do this I might cover the pan for half of the cooking time as it seemed the BBQ sauce burned a little while cooking.
While that is baking, bake some tator tots at 350 or 400 for about 15 minutes. When the meatloaf is done after 55 minutes, add the tator tots on top (and optional cheese again) and then bake it a little longer, about 5-10 minutes or so.
See what other moms are cooking up for Tasty Tuesday!