Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Everything BUT the kitchen sink

Our latest addiction, or what some might call drug are protein bars. In our amateur state we followed recipes, tried various ingredients, and made them into bars, balls, and cupcake tin forms. We might argue that we have become protein bar connoisseurs; eating them by the handfuls and joking (but not really joking) about how we could finish a whole batch in one sitting. Bars are our specialty and we are confident in saying that we can make any type of bar with whatever ingredients are lying around the kitchen.
We call this, the "Everything BUT the kitchen sink" method. Anything goes when you make bars, there are just a few essentials to create the base mix and then after that add whatever you would like. Add all you got, a little of this, some of that, pinch here, dash there and viola, you got yourself the most healthy, delicious protein bars around. Just remember, leave out the kitchen sink ;)

Here are some of the base items you will need:
-Peanut butter/ almond butter
-Superfood/ Seeds

Add it in like a froyo topping:
-flax seed
-wheat germ
-chia seed
-sesame seed
-yogurt chips
-dark chocolate chips
-dried cranberries
-coconut flakes
-chopped nuts
-coconut oil
-Protein powder

Here is a timeline of our most recent creation (tonight)…
These are our bar staples! We also call this bird food

Melted pb, coconut oil, agave, and vanilla. Add to chopped nuts.

Mix wet and dry ingredients

Be creative with rolling, pressing dough into a 9x13 or placing the dough into cupcake tins 
Top with coconut flakes for flare

Starting out a novice, heres a good recipe to follow:

Erin and Mekenzie's Everything But The Friggin Sink Bars: 

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter/ almond butter
  • 3tbs. agave/honey
  • 2tsp. vanilla
  • 3tbs. coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c. chopped almonds
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut (extra for topping)
  • 3tbs. ground flax
  • 1/2tsp. cinnamon 
  • pinch of nutmeg 
Combine first four ingredients into a saucepan and add to dry ingredients. Mix and press into a 9x13 or cupcake tin. Refrigerate and enjoy with a spot of tea or a sweet cup of coffee. 

- Mekenzie and Erin 

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