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Coconut Lime Cranberry Granola Bars June 12, 2009

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Have you seen Rachael’s contest over at Coconut & Lime. You can win a Vita-Mix Blender. I saw that and remembered my struggle this morning to blend my green monster. To enter you need to create a recipe with none other than coconut and lime. What could I make with coconut and lime?

Well one of my favorite larabars is Key Lime. And I really enjoyed the granola bars that I made earlier this week from Oh She Glows. Could I make a coconut and lime version?

Turns out I can.

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C(oconut) L(ime) C(ranberry) Granola Bars

1.5 cups oats
¼ cup ground flax seed
¼ cup sesame seeds
¾ cup unsweetened coconut
¼ cup chopped raw almonds
¼ cup craisins
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
¾ cup brown rice syrup
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. almond extract
2 T. natural cane sugar
¼ cup almond butter

Mix first six ingredients in a large bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat consistently stiring. Heat to boiling, lower heat to low and continue stirring for 3-4 minutes, until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and add to dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Press mixture into a baking dish (I used an 8×8 pan. Allow to cool. Cut into 16 bars.

The CLC granola bars are wicked good! You have to try them yourself. You might want to try pressing a few tablespoons of sweetened coconut on top for some extra coconut flavor.

 

MONSTER!!! June 8, 2009

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I tried my first green monster today. It looks sort of like a brown monster, I think due to the chocolate and the strawberries, but there is definitely a lot of spinach in this baby.

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1c. Unsweetened Almond Breeze
4 frozen strawberries
3 frozen peach slices
1T. chia seeds
1T. chocolate brown rice protein powder
2 handfulls spinach
2 drops stevia

Lunch today was a more spinach. I bought a lot a BJ’s last week and its getting to the point where it needs to be used up. I added cucumber, red pepper goat cheese, and a Quorn cutlet. Topped it with some balsamic Vinegar…YUM!

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Have you tried the Quorn cutlets? They are so good. I wouldn’t say that they really taste like chicken, but they can be substituted for chicken. The consistency really isn’t the same as chicken, which is fine by me, since I often don’t like the consistency of meat. Before today I was preparing them in the toaster oven, but summer is quickly approaching (not that you can really tell here in New England, I don’t even have my windows open, I like it hot!), so today I tried the microwave method, and while not quite as good as the toaster oven this is a good alternative for those hot days, or if you are in a hurry.

Despite not feeling good all weekend I finally got some energy yesturday, and I made granola bars. Ange over at OSG has done it again. The last time I made her recipe for raw chocolate chip cookies I was a little nearvous, but this time I jumped right in. I did tweak the recipe a little just to include some of my favorite flavors, but it was delish! Hubby looked at me with a very serious face and said “These are good!”.

Instead of using the hemp seeds, I substituted 1/4 cup of chopped uncrystallized candied ginger and 1/4 cup crasins. Next time I think I will cut back on the ginger and increase the crasins.

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The bars are small, but they are so filling. Nice and chewy, just the way I like them.
For the original recipe click here.

I’m off to go to the gym for a cardio workout. I didn’t feel good all weekend, so I’m going to take it easy.

I think dinner tonight is salmon burgers, another spinach salad and a quinoa salad. I’m working on the recipe for the quinoa salad and as soon as I get it right I’ll share it with you.

What is your favorite granola bar ingredient?