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Cooking With Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia

Our daughter introduced us to chia seeds a couple years ago, but then we did without since she left again, this time for Hanoi, Vietnam.  However, I’m creating some protein bars made without toxins, preservatives, etc, ad nauseam, and needing some additional protein.  Flax seed fits that bill, but flax also has a laxative affect (that’s right, you do not need to consume synthetic harsh laxatives) that is  not comfortable for some people, (though they are higher in protein and lower in carbs).  SO, chia to the rescue!  (Chia seeds are also absorbed by the body unlike whole flax seeds which generally pass through which is why they need grinding before ingesting for best results).  Both flax seeds and chia seeds are good for us, they have different nutritional values, making neither better than the other, so i include both in our diets.

Sure, we knew of chia seeds, but primarily as a novelty!

Incredibly (and thankfully), i discovered that chia seeds are grown here in the United States, though they are native to Mexico and Guatemala.  This one producer is Heartland Chia – seeds are grown, harvested, packaged in Franklin, Kentucky.

Here’s a link to the published Pumpkin Chia Granola Bars.  But for now, since i have an abundance of home canned unsweetened applesauce, i replaced pumpkin with it.  (Until this fall, when my winter squashes should be ready and i’ll make these with pumpkin)

Applesauce Chia Granola Bars

INGREDIENTS:

*purchased through Amazon at Grandma’s Cupboard

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with olive oil
  • In a medium bowl, add applesauce, honey, and vanilla extract.  Mix well.
  • Fold oats and chia seeds into batter, mix well.
  • Place dough in greased baking dish. (i spray mine with Bertolli Olive oil spray)
  • Press down until entire sheet is evenly covered.
  • Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, test consistency with toothpick
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool a bit before cutting into 8-10 bars.

ENJOY!

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Rolled oats from Grain Millers in St. Ansgar, Iowa, Welter Honey from Onslow, Iowa, Heartland Chia from Franklin, Kentucky, McCormick Pure Vanilla from Madagascar.
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Press firmly into the pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.  I cook mine for 25 minutes.  Seems to be a good balance between chewy and crunchy.

 

Chia Bars
These easily lift out of the pan.
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Allow to cool completely.  I use a raised cookie screen to aid in cooling.  Since they don’t have preservatives, I will individually package and stick them in the freezer.  The guys have a quick and healthy snack to take to the field.  (see how beautiful even these bars are. HA HA).

 

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Bagged and ready for freezing!

Apricot Ginger “Granola” by Wheat Belly

I’m no good at sticking with the Wheat Belly diet with the exception of keeping grain out of my diet, and by default, milk, simply because even grass based, organic, real milk doesn’t agree with me and i’m not going to buy almond or coconut milk.  But i do keep this ‘granola’ made up and stored in a Ziploc Bag in the freezer – just dipping out about 1/4 cup for brecky most mornings and usually eat without milk, but sometimes 1/2 sliced organic banana.  Most of my organic nuts and seeds come from Food To Live which can be ordered directly from their website or some are available through Wal-Mart online ordering.

My version of Wheat Belly‘s Apricot Ginger “Granola”

NO SWEETENER (it really doesn’t need it, but you can always drizzle a bit of pure local  honey on top, then eat with a spoon).

 

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Here’s the published recipe, but above in the body of this blog entry, i’ve published the way i actually make it.