Friday, November 30, 2012

A Little Bit Healthy, A Little Bit Sneaky Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I was uber-blog surfing yesterday. 
I would comment on a blog, and then go visit the blog of the person who commented just before me. Leave a comment, visit previous commenter, and on and on and on. It was lots of fun! I stumbled upon a lot of fun running blogs and a LOT of What I Ate Wednesdays (WIAW) posts. Like I said, lots of fun!

In my meanderings, I stumbled upon the blog Eat. Move. Balance. 
Eat whole foods. Move every day. Balance your life. 
Sounds like a great mantra/motto. In exploring that site a little, I found this recipe for some sneaky cookie bars. They sounded so good that I couldn't wait to give them a try! I didn't have all the ingredients, so I had to make a few modifications.

These turned out so delicious! In fact, even Jeff said he liked them. Yes, the entire pan was completely gone in less than 24 hours. Oops!

A Little Bit Healthy, A Little Bit Sneaky Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
vegan chocolate chip cookie bars
  • 2/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup (or 1/2 15.5oz can) chickpeas
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used ones that were dairy, nut and soy free)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8x8 baking pan.
  2. Combine the oats, flour, chickpeas, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Process until fine.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and sugar. Stir until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into prepared pan, making sure dough is evenly distributed.
  5. Bakes for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting into delicious squares.
vegan chocolate chip cookie bars

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Whole Wheat Oat Bread

I've made this bread twice now since starting this post. The first time I didn't take any pictures, but wrote up the post. The second time I remembered to take pictures, but it took me forever to edit them and put them in the post, but the wait is over! 

This bread turned out great! Even my husband, who prefers everything store-bought, agreed. The problem with homemade bread, of course, is that it doesn't last as long a store-bought. I mean, we eat it SO fast! I'm not going to complain, though - at least the house smells really good while it's baking. Yum!
Whole Wheat Oat Bread
Whole Wheat Oat Bread

Yield: 2 9-inch loaves

  • 2 cups warm water (95F-100F)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 pkg active yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 T vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Dissolve honey in warm water in a small bowl. Sprinkle package of yeast on top of water mixture. Do NOT stir in yeast; simply let it sit for 5-10 minutes until yeast softens and forms a creamy foam.
  2. dissolve yeast for bread
  3. Meanwhile, stir together the flours, oatmeal, gluten, and salt. Form a well in the center and add the yeast mixture. Stir until it all comes together.
  4. making bread dough
  5. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 12-15 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
    Tip 1:To determine if yeast dough is kneaded enough, break off a small walnut-sized ball of dough. Stretch the dough; much like stretching a balloon or a piece of bubble gum. If the dough is kneaded enough, it will be tear easily and a translucent membrane will be visible. This is known as a gluten window.
    gluten window
  6. Lightly oil a large bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat it with oil. Cover with a light cloth and let rise until doubled - about 45 minutes.
    Tip 2: I shared this tip before here, but to determine if the dough has doubled in size, gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.
  7. Grease two 8x4-inch loaf pans. Punch down dough and turn it out onto a lightly-floured surface. Use a knife to divide the dough into two equal parts - do not tear. Shape the dough into loaves and place in prepared pans. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

  8. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake loaves 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing from pans onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Whole Wheat Oat Bread


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