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Snack Attack – PBJ Superfood Bars

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Hey Peeps!   I’ve got something super delicious, totally easy & mega healthy for you today. How exciting, right?

Enter, PBJ Supefood Bars. For the mornings when your bed, blankets and pillows are so warm and cozy it’s almost as if their hugging you, and you just can’t break free. Certainly not for anything work related, duty induced or the like. For the afternoons when you’re needing a pick-me-up, when you’ve had a tough workout or when you’re simply feeling peckish. These bars are the bomb dig.

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Sugar free other than what is in your jam (and people, buy or make conscientiously), wheat free, dairy free. So, what’s in them you ask? Love. Oats, nut butter, jam and whatever superfoods your heart desires. Really, just that simple!  Super easy to make up different variations and they come together in a snap.  Isn’t that what all of us want when it comes to making energy boosters for the week?

For those of us who are just so busy – too busy to find good healthy snacks. Too busy to read that book we keep meaning to pick up, again; for those of us who live life on the go. I get it,  time flies regardless of how much fun you’re having and really, making healthy snacks just isn’t always at the top of the fun chart. What, with green shoots bursting out all over the place, warmer sunny days just begging to be enjoyed & grassy patches just waiting to be sat on. The fun chart is pretty full at this time of year. Good thing these bars freeze well! Make them before bed or when you’ve got some time this weekend. Enjoy them leisurely (or not) while picnicking in the park with friends, family or just you the blanket and the sun! Healthy snack + fun chart blending, right here.

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I’m in full support of wholesome treats, snacks and options. In making a huge effort within my little family to kick any extra sugars that may be lurking sneakily in ready made sauces & dips – we tend to make all of our own from scratch.  Jams and nut butters are right up there for items that unsuspecting parents, students and well – anyone buys with the intention of a healthy snack. Let me tell you, read the label. Snack items, sauces and dips are some of the absolute worst for hidden sugars and other crap you just don’t want in your beautiful bod. Making your own ahead of time will save you from having unfortunate energy crashes, weird breakouts, headaches, weight gain and all kinds of other unpleasant side-effects of eating processed sugars.  It might seem daunting to make your own nut butter, your own jam or even your own hummus – but it’s so totally worth it. Plus, once you’ve got those in the fridge – you can make these bars..  Well I maybe wouldn’t suggest adding hummus to the bars, but you know what I mean.

Do This

  • Spend time making big batches of all kinds of sauces, butters, dips and dressings. It will save you time in the long run.  Not to mention the financial savings you’ll be rewarded with!
  • Check out Lana Jankovic, she’s very open and transparent about her struggle with sugar – as well as the success she has had in overcoming it!
  • Make these bars. They’re tasty! Easy! Quick! Your inner child will thank you.

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PBJ Superfood Bars
makes 6 large bars

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Oat Groats
2 Teaspoons True Cinnamon
Handful of Carob Chips
2 Cups Homemade Nut Butter (any nut will do!)
1/2-1 Cup Sugar Free/Homemade Cherry Jam
1/4 Cup White Chia Seeds
1/3 Cup Hemp Hearts

Melt coconut oil, line a square baking dish with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix the melted coconut oil, oats, groats, cinnamon. carob chips and nut butter with your hands until fully combined.  Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with cherry jam, chia and finally the hemp hearts. Gently press the top layer of the oat mixture onto the jam. Once the jam is covered, press with a bit more pressure to really firm up the layers. Pop the whole thing in the freezer until set (about an hour and a half).  Store either in the fridge, or in the freezer – individually wrapped for ease & transport.

 

With love & snacking fun charts,
Shanna

Kiss My (Season’s Changing) Bowl

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Welcome to Kiss My Bowl
(previously known as Sprouting an Old Soul)

The saucy, sassy and maybe even a tad more of the spicy side of me.

Honestly, I have been considering changing blog name for a while.  I originally named the site Sprouting an Old Soul because that was what I had envisioned as it’s purpose.  Very literally – bringing the life and passion out of me; sprouting myself (the old soul that I am).  A space. A platform in which I could express myself verbally, visually and ultimately share one of the biggest parts of me, my love for simple, healthy vegetarian & vegan food.

In the last few years, I have had all kinds of life changes.  I have grown to become a person who has a completely different outlook on food, on life, on self, on.. well – everything. I see the world around me in a much different light. Ultimately, I have made the choice to follow what’s in my gut and allow myself the honor of feeling sufficiently Sprouted.

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