Having a snow day was a little disappointing because, as you may remember, I had semester exams on Thursday and Friday, but that was largely overshadowed by the fact that we DIDN'T HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL! Now with a four day weekend I have even more time to
So, like in the past, I was on my own. In the end I used the ratios of basic baked good recipes and after two tries I succeeded in making a healthy, tasty snow day treat that rivals the supermarket snack:
Healthy Nutri-Grain Bars
Servings: 8 bars
Calories: about 100 calories each (varies with filling)
|Great with a cup of Joe on the go!|
- 3 dates (or 1 tbsp honey)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup egg beaters (replace with egg substitute or fruit puree to veganize)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 7 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 4 tsp sugar
- Filling: fruit puree, applesauce + cinnamon, sugar-free jam or... pb + chocolate chips (add sugar if needed to sweeten)
- Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with applesauce. microwave on 50% for 2 minutes.
- Put soaked dates, applesauce, egg beaters and vanilla extract in a food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Put all of the rolled oats in a food processor and blend for about 10 seconds to make a coarse oat flour. Separate 1 tbsp out for topping and put the remaining 8 tbsp in a medium bowl.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
- Divide the dough into 8 equal parts.
- Take one piece and roll thin into a rectangle on the cookie sheet. Put 1 tsp of the filling on one half of the rectangle. Fold over the other side and pinch to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Let cool and enjoy for breakfast, snack or dessert!
|With raspberry filling|
Do you have any super-market goodies that you miss eating? I had almost forgotten about Nutri-Grain bars, but I'm so glad I didn't! Some of my other favorite (semi-healthy) processed foods were fruit snacks, peanut butter and crackers, nature valley granola bars and salty preztels.
What do you do on snow days? Most people go back to sleep. I had a few five minute "cat-naps" yesterday but most of the time I was on the computer, baking or watching tv.