Granola Bar Week: Playgroup Granola Bars

Hope you’ve enjoyed this celebration of granola bars! This is the last recipe I’ve got to share and it’s a good one — Playgroup Granola Bars posted on

I’m not sure many would consider these “healthy” but they are nut free, easy, and we enjoyed them — so if they are a little light on healthy we’ll just ignore that and move on!

Here are the ingredients:

Here’s a pic of all the dry ingredients (oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, and salt) together with some dried blueberries. The recipe calls for raisins – which we’ve used in the past, but I wanted to mix it up a bit.

Here are the wet ingredients (honey, egg, vanilla and oil) in the “well” created in the dry ingredients:

And mixed together:

In the baking pan:

Post baking:

And the finished product:

The verdict: Very good especially if you like chewy bars. Be sure to cut these before they cool completely, otherwise they get pretty tough and cutting them is sort of tricky. I’ve had good luck freezing them and then putting them in the microwave for just a few seconds before serving!

Hope you’ve enjoyed these granola bar recipes! Please share your recipes, I’d love to try them!

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Granola Bar Week: Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Recipe

We are once again celebrating granola bar week, here at figgsandsuch!

I wish some granola would start coming down like confetti as I type, but seeing as though that hasn’t happened — Here we go with recipe #2 .

Ina Garten’s Homemade Granola Bar Recipe

I must say from the outset that I highly recommend giving these a shot. Very tasty, but not sure these are healthiest granola bars around. Click on the link above to get the recipe.

Here are the ingredients:

Here are the almonds, oats, and coconut before and after toasting:

Here’s the brown sugar, salt, butter, honey, and vanilla pre boiling and boiling:

Here are the oats and the sugar mixture together and then with the raisins/dried cranberries added:

Here’s the finished product in the pan and cut up into bars after they chilled overnight:

A winner of a recipe! Do you have any go to granola bar recipes?

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Granola Bar Week: Yummy Banana Oat Bars

Welcome to Granola Bar Week!

This week I’ll be posting about three granola bar recipes we’ve recently experimented with. The first one is Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Yummy Banana Oat Bars

Here are the ingredients (applesauce, raisins, oats, bananas, sunflower seeds, and coconut):

I used sunflower seeds instead of nuts because I’d like to send these in lunches to a nut-free school.

All of the ingredients together (this is a one bowl recipe!):

All of the ingredients mixed together:

The bars in the pan prior to baking:

Post baking:

And the finished product:

The verdict: These are not sweet at all, so if you’re looking for a granola bar that offers some sweetness look elsewhere. I did used the full 1/4 cup of applesauce called for, otherwise I think they would have come out too dry. These will be good healthy additions to our sack lunches, but not sure the recipe wowed me.

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Friday Finds: Frozen Bananas, Peanut Butter, Father’s Day Cookies, Waffles, and Blogging

Happy Friday! Happy June!

Here are some links that I found interesting this week:

Next week — I’ve got something a little different on tap! We’ll be celebrating granola bar week (totally made up). We recently went through a granola bar making binge and so I’ll share with you the recipes we tried.

I’m linking up to Finding Joy in My Kitchen. Go there and click on the links to other people’s versions of Friday Finds — interesting stuff!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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Weedless Wednesday!

There is some progress to report in the garden:

  1. Nothing has died!
  2. The beets and sunflowers (started from seed) seem to be growing – see #4.
  3. The cabbage and tomatoes are thriving, though the peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries aren’t really.
  4. It’s getting harder to know if something is sprouting that we planted intentionally, or if there’s some unintentional weed growth going on.

How’s your garden growing?

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Making Pear Butter

I got a bee in my bonnet recently to make some pear butter (as opposed to apple butter). I wish I could say that this bee didn’t buzz because I had some pears that were sitting on my kitchen counter nearly going bad, but alas I can’t claim that.

I used a recipe from Ball – – super simple. It’s a variation on peach butter. After the initial boil of water, pears, and lemon juice/zest the mixture resembled pear sauce. But the apparent secret to making any type of fruit butter thicken up is to add sugar and let
the mixture boil for between 30 and 60 minutes.

I followed the advice in the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving Cookbook about how to test the butter: by dropping some of the butter onto a chilled plate. If the butter keeps it shape and doesn’t run then it’s likely ready.

So here’s the finished product — 7 1/2 pounds of pears made exactly eight 8 ounce jars.

Next up I’m going to attempt the Spiced Apple Butter recipe from Canning For a New Generation that uses a crock pot.

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Friday Finds: Bathtub Crayons, Tortillas, Salad, Fruit Leather, Waffles and Silly Dogs

Happy Friday!

Here are some links I thought were worth sharing:

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

I’m linking to Finding Joy in My Kitchen!

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