• No-Bake Heart-Shaped Granola Bites
  • So Young Bags Giveaway
  • Challah Bread Food Art
  • Year of the New
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No-Bake Heart-Shaped Granola Bites

granola heart shapes with overlay

So — I’m a little late to the Valentine’s Day game. Two sick kids and an out-of-town hubbie will do that to ya.
But, any good parent knows that heart shapes are a crowd-pleaser any time. And a quick grab-and-go snack for kids that’s healthy and easy to make? A definite mom-pleaser.

I’ve had this silicone tray for years; it was part of a two-pack found in the Target Dollar Spot section and have used it for ice cubes, smoothie bites, and even as a muffin tin snack tray. I’ve made homemade granola bars before (this recipe from Minimalist Baker is a favorite) but wanted a nut butter-free version this time.

I came across this version from Bowl of Delicious. I think I’ve found my new favorite granola bar recipe. It’s ridiculously easy, quick, and very, very versatile. The best part? No firing up the oven, which means you can spoon these into any shape you’ve got on hand.

Ingredients (adapted from Bowl of Delicious to be super-easy)

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts and/or seeds (I used chopped almonds, cashews, and hemp hearts)
1 cup chopped dried fruits (optional)

 

Instructions

1. Melt coconut oil, honey, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. When the mixture starts to bubble and foam, adjust the heat to low and add the oats and nuts/seeds.
3. Stir to coat; fold in the chopped dried fruit if using.
4. Cook on low for a couple minutes, stirring to distribute the ingredients.
5. Line a small baking dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap–note that this step is unnecessary if using a silicone mold.
6. Use your hands or a flat surface to pack the granola tightly into your mold. If using small shapes like mine, use the back of a small measuring spoon.
7. Bring to room temperature and store in the fridge for at least two hours, preferably overnight.
8. Remove the granola block if using a baking dish and cut into bars, or simply pop out of your silicone molds.

You can store these at room temperature for a few days, or in the fridge for two weeks–perfect for throwing into the lunchbox, to top some yogurt, or to feed the kids as a mini breakfast while you catch a few more minutes of precious sleep!

So Young Bags Giveaway

so young lunch bags

I’ve had my eye on So Young products for quite some time. I love the minimalist modern designs and the linen look, and the fact that their coolers and lunchboxes come with straps that kids can wear messenger style OR backpack-style. Just so many thoughtful details! Little miss just started preschool, so the timing could not be more perfect. The toddler backpack, lunchbag, and large cooler are part of our on-the-go essentials right now, along with other obvious must-haves like cold-weather gear and a fistful of tiny animals. Obviously.

Don’t make the mistake like I did and think that these are too delicate. I didn’t know this, but they’re coated so that anything — muddy snow, markers, yogurt-as-finger-paint — wipes right off.

so young lunch bag with bento

Birdies were an obvious choice for us, but there are so many cute designs, and they come out with new ones fairly often. There’s just something about beautiful gear that makes you want to use it more, and with lunch bags, that means good food, money saved, and all-around healthy habits.

SO. To spread the So Young love, I’ve teamed up with them to host a Pinterest giveaway! No repinning anything. Here’s what you do:

  1. Create a Pinterest board
  2. Add #howaboutsoyoung to the description
  3. Pin your favorite lunch-related pictures
  4. Pin at least ONE So Young product
  5. Pin at least ONE How About Cookie recipe or photo

It ends Monday, 1/26/15 at 11:59 CST, so you have a bit of time to browse and ooh and ahh over their wares. Good luck!

So Young How About Cookie Pinterest contest

* I was given products for this review and giveaway, and they’re fabulous.

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