Oatmeal Raisin Granola Bars


OK... After DAYS of searching for the recipe I used to make these, I finally found it buried under a pile of papers. I guess I should clean up, huh! So here it is:

2 c. oats
3/4 c. wheat germ
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. sunflower seeds (I used 3/4 c. & I thought it was too much)
8 oz. raisins or craisins

2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. honey
4 Tbs. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Mix sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, & salt. Melt in microwave for about 2 minutes & stir well.

Mix melted items & remaining dry ingredients in large bowl & stir well. Keep stirring! It may seem dry, but it WILL get sticky if you keep going..... :)

Line casserole dish with large piece of waxed paper.

Dump mixture in casserole dish & spread. Fold wax paper over top, OR add a new piece on top. Using hands, press hard to flatten & compact mixture.

Let cool completely!

Lift granola bars out of dish with waxed paper & cut into bars or squares. (Or, if you didn't use waxed paper, just cut in the dish & remove.)

Store in air tight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap.

How easy is that!?!?

Clover Sprouts

I love sprouts! Well, not so much bean sprouts, but I used to eat alfalfa sprouts a lot. Then I found CLOVER sprouts. They have a sweeter taste & last longer in the fridge. Love them, love them, love them!

My local grocery store sold a little sparce pint of clover sprouts for a dollar & some odd cents... (can't remember exactly). But I finally decided to buy seeds & do it myself. Look what less than 2tbs. of clover seeds produced in 3 days! They're sooo yummy on sandwiches, wraps, salads, etc...

Still in my sprouter - stuffed full!

On a large paper towel after taking them out of the sprouter

Stuffed in a quart sized bag - almost as big as the head of lettuce, but loaded with tons more vitamins!

This amount of sprouts would have cost me around $4.00 at the store. But my big bag of seeds cost less than $7.00! I've done 5 large batches & am only about 1/3 of the way through the bag. Much cheaper!