Peanut Granola Bites

These Peanut Granola Bites were introduced to me by Jessica at A Kitchen Addiction, and I finally got the chance to make some this weekend.

I love the idea of only eating the big clumps in granola, and these did not disapoint! They served as a perfect afternoon snack at the beach. I actually made two batches of the recipe because my mom and sister ate most of the first batch before I told them I was saving the bites for the trip.

I essentially followed Jessica’s recipe, except I didn’t have oat bran so I just used sliced almonds instead. Also, because it is hard for me to imagine peanut butter or granola without chocolate, I added 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips. The bites were crunchy on the outside,  moist on the inside , with just enough sweetness.

 

 

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Foodie Pen Pals: May

My trip to Charlotte yesterday was very successful. I met with my future boss and coworkers AND signed my lease for my new apartment. It still feels like I am playing dress-up when I put on professional clothes, but soon I think the reality will sink in (I start work in mid June, so maybe by July?). On the downside, my company has a fairly strict dress code and does not allow open toe shoes, which is sad because I love wedge sandals. Also it is just so hard to find comfortable pumps!

It’s time for another Foodie Pen Pals post!

Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean organizes this every month, and I just keep coming back for more :). Check out her blog for more information on how to sign up for June-it is open for both bloggers and readers!. Here are the links to my posts from March and April.

One of the best thins about this program is getting to try different healthy treats that I might never buy for myself. Brittany from beermeamartini sent me a crazy delicious package filled with cool foods that were mostly new to me. I love trying new things, so I was really excited to break open her package!

The whole spread

As you know from my need to organize tea bags, I love tea! So I am so excited to add peppermint to my collection. I have heard some people drink a glass at night to combat the urge to snack, which is something I definitely need to try. The granola was super crunchy and chock full of chocolate 🙂 definitely a win.

Other treats included:

These Good Bean granola bars were actually quite delicious! I don’t think I would have ever ventured to try them on my own.

These raw lemon cookies were a great find as well! The cookies were super crisp and just sweet enough.

I also devoured the toffee chocolate bar. yum 🙂

You can check out the treats I sent Anna this month

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

Wow I cannot believe it is already almost MAY!! I graduate in 14 days, but the reality of entering “adult life” still has not hit me yet. Maybe because I still have two exams and a paper in between today and Friday… Also there the whole moving to a new city thing.

On Saturday I hung out with my some of my dance friends who I danced with since high school, middle school, and even elementary school (Caroline, I think you are the only one who fits in this category :)). It was great to chat with them and get caught up on everyone’s lives. I don’t get to see them nearly enough since we live in different cities and states! We went to the Busy Bee, a cute bar in downtown Raleigh.

RECAP: Busy Bee “cellar-clearing” kickoff showcases rare brews and thriving communitysource

I really don’t know enough about beers to fully appreciate the expansive menu, but it they had a huge variety! I kept it simple with a Blue Star wheat beer, and Ellen ordered an interesting cherry beer that tasted a bit like Cheerwine (or cough syrup).

Sunday, I basically just studied my brains into mush.

Today will probably be more of the same.

Luckily, I have tons of goodies from my foodie pen pal, Brittany, at Glitz Glam and Granola to snack on in the library. Foodie pen pals is a program organized by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. I have participated the past two months, and its a lot of fun! You don’t have to be a blogger to join. Here’s some of the food I received:

My first Kind bar-so delicious and nutty!

The flattened nut butters (ie the ones with chocolate) were consumed straight out of the pouch

Amazing blue corn chips

All the fixings for an Italian dinner: pesto sauce, pasta, and Italian dressing

Not pictured is a bag of AMAZING granola that I devoured insanely quickly.

Now back to the library… :/

Quinoa Granola

This is one of my new all time favorite granola recipes! I love it on greek yogurt, in almond milk, or straight out of the bag. The quinoa and puffed wheat combine for a crunchy but light texture, and it clumps easily. The maple syrup adds a warm flavor and perfect sweetness for me. I also love that the quinoa adds a bit of protein to the granola.

Quinoa Granola

Inspired by Hungry Hungry Hippie’s Quinoa Granola

Makes about 6 cups

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups rolled oats

2 cups puffed wheat

½ cup uncooked quinoa

1 cup slivered almonds

½ cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 tsp cinnamon

½ cup coconut oil (canola would work too)

½ cup maple syrup

½  Tbsp vanilla

1  cup cranberries

Directions: Preheat oven to 225. Mix together the first six ingredients (oats to cinnamon). Microwave the coconut oil until the oil is liquid and mix with maple syrup and vanilla. Pour the liquids over the dry ingredients and gently combine. Spread mixture over two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 60 minutes and enjoy the amazing aromas that will pervade your kitchen. Take it out and let the granola cool. Break apart the sheets of granola goodness by lifting up the sides of the parchment paper. Mix in the cranberries. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks (but really, who doesn’t eat 6 cups of granola in a week?…hopefully I’m not alone in this ;))