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It’s Random Acts of Kindness Week! When Ashley and I came up with this week’s Maker’s Mix-Up theme of KINDNESS, I didn’t expect to have such a hard time trying to come up with a post! I had a couple ideas for DIY projects, but nothing developed.
So then I started thinking about those bars you get in Starbucks. You know the ones. The healthy granola-type bars full of good-for-you ingredients. That got me thinking. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I try to do at least one kind, selfless thing every day. But how many times do we forget to treat ourselves kindly?
I can blame the cold, winter weather all I want for my bad eating habits. But it’s a matter of what I choose to put into my body. I am happy to have an almost daily routine of walking with Hunter, but my crappy food choices don’t exactly balance that exercise out. And as hard as I try not to snack, sometimes I just need a little bite to hold me over.
I like to stock granola bars in the house every now and then to snack on. I make sure they’re not loaded up with chocolate (even though those are SO good) and sugary-sweet ingredients. So during a recent trip to Whole Foods, I bought ingredients to make “Kindness Bars.”
These bars are made with almonds, flaxseed, coconut flakes, and rice cereal. Then, they’re coated in a honey concoction that holds them together and gives them just enough sweetness. When stocking up on these ingredients, make sure to hit the bulk section. It’ll save you a ton of money! Since I only needed a tablespoon of flaxseed, it only cost me 30 cents! I was able to get a decent deal on the almonds, too!
- - 1 1/2 c. sliced almonds
- - 2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
- - 1/2 c. brown rice cereal
- - 1 tbsp. flaxseed
- - 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- - 1 c. organic honey
- - 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- - Pinch of salt
- In a large bowl, combine almonds, coconut, rice cereal, flaxseed, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, mix honey, salt and vanilla over medium heat.
- Continue stirring until mixture reaches 260º on a candy thermometer. You'll be able to tell if it's reached hard ball stage by dropping a drop of the mixture in water. If it forms a hard ball, continue onto the next step.
- Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to coat.
- Working quickly, transfer the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the mix out evenly.
- Allow mixture to cool completely, then cut into bars.
- Wrap bars and store in a sealed container up to 1 week.
What’s your favorite healthy snack?
Last week, we linked up our RED themed posts. It was a mix of Valentine’s Day DIY projects and delicious recipes. Check them out!
DIY Red Hots Lip Balm and Scrub from Living La Vida Holoka
Strawberry Fruit Dip from Hello Nature
Delicious Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Yummy Seconds
Make a Teacher a V-Day Gift for Under $5 from Dazzle While Frazzled