While I make a big pile of stuff in the garage... which will soon make its way to the donation bins at the thrift shop... others makings have been put on hold.
There is one place in the house where the making never gets put on hold. The kitchen of course!
Last weekend I made nut bars. I make them a few times a month and they don't stick around long.
I first stumbled across this recipe on flickr. Shared by this creative lady.
Here is my version. Which looks just like her version but I am going to tell you which nuts and seeds I use.
Dry Ingredients to combine in large bowl:
2 1/2 cups nuts & seeds
1 cup to rough chop
(I use 1/2 cup each roasted almonds and walnuts)
1 1/2 cups very finely chopped in the food processor
(I use 1/2 cup each almonds & walnuts, 1/4 cup each sunflower & sesame seeds.)
1 cup dried fruit
(I use raisins)
2 cups shredded coconut
I rough chop nuts on a cutting board.
Combine the nuts and seeds to be processed.
Process until they look something like this. Don't make nut & seed butter.
Combine all nuts & seeds with the other dry ingredients.
Wet Ingredients to boil in small sauce pan:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
Cinnamon (1 tsp or to taste)
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan. Heat over LOW.
In about 3-4 minutes it will start to boil. Don't leave it. This happens fast.
Combine the wet with the dry ingredients. The wet will get soaked right up but make sure you coat everything with some of that sweet coconut mixture!
Line a baking pan with parchment. I use a 9x12 pan for thinner bars but a smaller pan would work too.
Use what ya got.
Pour everything into the pan. Using an oiled hand or another sheet of parchment press really firmly until spread out and firm. Now press a bit more.
Refrigerate or if you are impatient like we are... freeze. When cool and set cut into bars. I pop the whole big sheet of bars onto a cutting board and take my big knife to cut down the middle long ways then into bars. Easy!
These tend to be a bit crumbly. I keep them in the refrigerator after they are cut. We do take them out hiking but they are best eaten right out of the frig. It all depends on your tolerance for crumbly things!
They go so fast I did not even get a chance to take pictures of the finished bars last weekend.
I did make some pretty pictures of flowers and rocks (which I resisted collecting) while the rest of the family munched on their nutty bars during a hiking break!
I have been thinking a lot about some new music but have settled on nothing yet. Until then the usuals cycle through.
I did listen to this while hubby watched it the other night. Amazing.
And there has been lots of time is being spent outdoors listening to the birds, crickets, and rushing water. The soothing symphony of nature!
What have you been making?
What is on your play list?
Please do share!
P.S. There were so many great comments on yesterdays post I am encouraged to write a bit more on the topic. Thanks!