Jeff’s Favorite no bake 21 Day Fix Cookies

Valentines is upon us and keeping with our healthy regime, I have decided to make one of  Jeff’s favorite cookies and surprise him for Valentines. The last few times we have stayed with my sister in law (Vicki) she has made these cookies for us and believe me it’s hard to limit yourself, they are just that good and a breeze to make. Happy Valentines to all of my friends, family and all who follow my blogging journey. ♥♥♥

Ingredients

1 Cup Organic Almond Butter or Organic peanut butter (or better yet 1/2 cup of each)

3/4 Cup Organic Honey

1/2 Cup Olive Oil or coconut oilp1000970

2 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/3 Cup Chopped nuts (any kind you prefer)

2 1/4 Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal (not instant)

6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)

1/3 Cup unsweetened coconut

Place first three ingredients into a medium saucepan and slowly heat up over low heat, stirring to blend. Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients into the saucepan and blend. I use a small cookie scoop or a soup spoon and scoop onto parchment paper that has been placed on a cookie sheet.. Spacing each cookie a little apart. At this point be sure to hide from family, these are very addicting. Place in your freezer and freeze for an hour, now they are ready to eat. After the cookies are frozen I put them in the freezer in snack size baggies to keep me and my cookie loving husband from eating them all.

Makes 24 or more depending on the size of balls you scoop. Lately I have been using my littlest scoop and getting 36 cookies.

Note: I also like to add toasted coconut, little mini chocolate chips, etc the possibilities are endless.

The original recipe is from No Bake-21 Day fix Cookies. I have changed it up a bit and added items we feel make it healthier and more organic, which is very important to us..

CHEERS UNTIL NEXT WEEK THE FEATURED RECIPE IS JOSH’S CREAM OF CELERY SOUP-YUM

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Palate A Coffee Bar-Bend Oregon

Upon  entering Palate you just feel at home, with help full friendly baristas and a warm fire glowing in the fireplace. Not to mention their amazing coffee in which they use Stumptown Roasted Beans. Ok I am a coffee snob, along with most of our family and to us it really makes a difference. They also have on hand almond, coconut, soy and hemp milks, also important for people with dietary concerns. So put this all together and you have the most delicious and satisfying cup of coffee, made personally for you.

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643 NW Colorado Ave
just south of downtown in Bend, Oregon

BEHIND THE BREW
Jason and  Jodi Groteboer of Palate

The comfortable feeling you get as you enter is from the renovating the owners did to this unique 100-year-old building, using pallet boards on the walls and tables, a play on words presented itself. The  coffee bar, Palate, opened in March of 2013.

The most popular drinks Palate serves are americanos and macchiatos, a shot of espresso with a little foamy milk added. Other items offered include teas and “foamy lattes” — Jodi’s term for large cappuccinos — plus a variety of coffee and espresso drinks, local kombucha, beer, baked goods and a daily soup.

“We know coffee,” Jodi Groteboer said. “We try to just focus on that.”

So if you are visiting Bend, Oregon, or lucky enough to live in this paradise like we do, it’s a must stop and well worth your time. As Jeff and I travel the country, we certainly love to find gems like Palate.

Until our next adventure FROM JUST AROUND THE BEND

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Good Morning Heart Healthy Granola

Forget STORE BOUGHT GRANOLA,  expensive, loaded with sugar and preservatives.! How can store bought granola be healthy when it has more sugar in it than a candy bar. With homemade granola, you have complete control over all of the healthy ingredients you chose to use. Top this amazing nutty granola with your favorite fruit and milk and you are ready for the day.

Makes  9 Cups   of crunchy goodness

5  Cups of old fashioned oatmeal  (Gluten Free )optional

2  Cups  (10 ounces) of sliced almonds (or any nut or combination of nuts you prefer)

1  Tablespoon cinnamon

1/2  Cup unsweetened coconut

1/2  Cup organic brown rice crisps cereal (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons of flax seeds

In a large bowl mix all of the above dry ingredients until well mixed

In a separate bowl  whisk next four ingredients together

1/3 Cup honey

1/3  Cup Maple syrup

4  teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2  Cup oil  ( olive oil or canola work well)

Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Fold in oats and almond mixture  until thoroughly coated.

Transfer oat mixture to prepared baking sheet and spread across sheet into thin, even layer (about 3/8 inch thick). Using your hands compress oat mixture until very compact. r. Bake until lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating pan once halfway through baking. Remove granola from oven and cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Break cooled granola into pieces of desired size. At this point add 2 Cups  Raisins, Craisins or any dried fruit you prefer  (I used currents). (Granola can be stored in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.) Granola also stores well in the freezer for several months.

Granola is a great topping for fruit crumbles, yogurt, ice cream etc. ENJOY

Until next time see ya until  Just Around The Bend  ♥


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Healthy Granola Bites Liz’s Way

I value Jeff’s and my health, so when I can mix up a go to snack that satisfies our  sudden snack attacks I am excited. These little granola bites go well on the trail when we are exercising or Geo Caching.  There is something very addicting about these so we limit ourselves to two a day, otherwise you won’t want to stop snacking, even though they are very healthy.

Ingredients

2 Cups  Old Fashioned Oatmeal

1 Cup Almond Butter

1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans, Almonds or Walnuts your preference

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut

1/2 Cup Chopped Cocoa Chips or mini chocolate chips

1/3 Cup Honey

1 Teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl adding the honey last, stir to combine, I use my hand mixer. When mixed well, I use a small cookie scoop and roll into 1 inch balls. Store in a airtight container in fridge or freezer. I tried to hide these in the freezer, didn’t work, he found them, oh well its a complement how yummy healthy can be.. if stored in the refrigerator they should last a week.

Note: Also yummy if you roll the bites in Cocoa Powder

 

Until Next Time Healthy To You From Just Around The Bend  ♥

This recipe actually came from a post I saved from when I was at Denair Grammar School many years ago. I changed a few things,  as back then it called for peanut butter and quick cooking oatmeal, both work well, if you prefer.

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