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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.