Monday, January 9, 2012

Secret squash energy bars (Still Baking #9)

Okay, so this morning I got up with the Emperor and sat down to eat breakfast with him. Upon seeing leftover scone on his plate, his lip began trembling. Yes! Really! He gave me a 2 year old lip tremble! "Mommy, I don't want a scone for breakfast. I want a bar. Remember, we made bars? I want a bar."

And for the briefest glimmer of a moment, I felt like super mean mom as I informed him that we did not have any bars and he would be forced to eat a scone instead. Then I came to my senses and remembered that if it were just Josh at home with him, he'd be eating slices of dried mango and rice cakes for breakfast and that he is by no means underprivileged because he had to eat a SCONE of all things for breakfast!

But I *did* take it as an excuse to make more energy bars tonight after he went to bed. I played around with the ingredients enough that I want to record them again. I'm not going to write out the steps because they're basically the same as for the cranberry chocolate chip energy bars I posted last week.

More energy bars

GF Chocolate-cranberry energy bars... with secret squash!
makes 12 smallish bars

1c oats (regular)
1c steel cut oats (because I accidentally bought these when I meant to buy more normal oats!)
1/4c almond meal
2 tbsps soy flour
4 tbsps quinoa flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4c chocolate chips
1/2c dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon

1/2c peanut butter
1/4c agave nectar
1 1/4c canned butternut squash (or pumpkin)

I cut out the dry sugar because I thought they were too sweet last time. And I had half a can of butternut squash left after making the Oh She Glows butternut squash mac'n'cheeze (which is phenomenal! even the Emperor liked it!) for dinner tonight so I figured what the hey, might as well use that as our binder. Just a couple of other little tweaks... these are cooling right now so we'll see how I like them vs the last batch tomorrow. The uncooked batter tasted better though.

Sad to say, I didn't get to spend much time with the Emperor today... I got home late after a doctor appointment and he had to go to bed somewhat early after a busy day of preschool. So about the only time I got to spend with him was pre-bedtime prep-- book reading and tooth brushing. So today's picture is more tooth brushing:

Yet more dental hygiene


Anonymous said...

MORE BARS! Yes. Still waiting to make the other batch. Soooooonnnn..... I keep hearing about the Squash Mac n' Cheese--if you like it, then I have a feeling it IS good!

coldandsleepy said...

I think I like these ones better-- the texture is nicer, not as crumbly.

And that mac'n'cheese... it really IS that good. Really smooth and creamy, and it takes like 10 minutes total to make (if you're using canned squash anyway). Um, where has this recipe been all my life?!

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