This month I was assigned Itzy's Kitchen, written by Erica, a wife, a mother, a cost analyst, and part-time fitness instructor.... She is one busy gal!
I decided to try my hand at two of her recipes. First up, her Honey Almond Butter Cereal Bars. I am notorious for cooking a full breakfast for my three boys - omelettes, potatoes, sliced fruit - and packing their lunches, but somehow ending up without anything in my belly. I figured that Erica's bars might be just the grab-and-go I need. I had a couple of challenges with making her recipe as is since we don't have a microwave and I don't buy boxed cereal. I adapted by using the honey at room temperature and subbed some of my homemade granola and raw rolled oats. It turned out really well.
1/4 C ground flaxseed
2 1/2 C granola (click here for one of my granola recipes)
1/2 C raw rolled oats
1/2 C dried wild blueberries
1/2 C unsweetened dried coconut
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9x13" baking dish. In a large mixing bowl mix all of the ingredients together until well blended. Tamp the mixture down so that it's pressed down firmly and evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow mixture to cool completely. Then cut into bars. Enjoy!
Then I made Erica's German Potato Salad. I usually make a potato salad with caramelized leeks and kale, but I loved the look of hers - with vinegar and bacon and no mayonnaise. Yum!
3 sliced ribs of celery
1 C water