Peanut Butter Bars and Creep In On My Costco Cart

So where should I start? Delicious Peanut Butter Bars or my Costco shopping cart/ confession?

Let’s start with my Costco shopping cart and my embarrassing confession. I like getting the bad stuff out of the way first.

Deep breath…

I, France Jeanne D’Arc Morissette, creep on other peoples grocery carts.

I know, I know! So bad but it’s true.

why am I telling you this?

It’s true. I do the grocery cart creep.

It’s terrible, I know, but it’s like this sick compulsion that I simply can’t resist. I know it’s kinda creepy but I can’t help myself. I’m fascinated by what people like to buy? What are they going to make with that? Is that their dinner? Do they know what’s in that?! Ooh, can I come over?  That looks like it’s going to be good. I’ve even contemplated being a cashier at a grocery store just to satisfy my curiosity. Kinda like picking a scab. Rest assured, I haven’t let that compulsion get to that extent. No career changes, yet.

As a way of repenting, I thought I’d let you creep on my grocery cart (one of many). I’m embarrassed to admit how many stores I actually shop at on a regular basis, so I’ll just start with one. My cart from Costco.

Wow, I can’t believe how scary it feels to type that. It’s nerve racking. I wonder if that will teach me to stop creeping?

Who am I kidding.

If you’ve ever wondered what whole food items you can buy from Costco, maybe a peak into my cart will be helpful. Who knows? I’m by no means perfect, there are things in my cart that I shouldn’t buy, but for the most part, it’s not too bad. There’s also some good value items out there. If you have been thinking about the increased cost of whole foods maybe you’ll find some cost saving ideas here.

For those of you that have perfect shopping carts, remember what your momma told you! If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Ok.

My Costco Cart

Sorry I don’t remember all the brands. I’m no where near a Costco and their website doesn’t list grocery items…

  • Tru Roots Quinoa
  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • Chi Seeds
  • Sprouted Brown Rice
  • Sprouted Bean Mix
  • Natural Almond Butter (even though it’s not organic. Geez I feel so exposed…)
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts (even though they aren’t raw or organic and yes, I do know better)
  • Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Agave (even though I don’t think its a real whole food, it’s pretty processed)
  • Baby Fruliano, Jalapeno Havarti, Boursin, or Cambozola (however our local cheese artisans are fantastic and we buy a ton of the local stuff)
  • Organic Spinach (we by local when it’s available. Can you tell I’m trying to redeem myself?)
  • Broccolette and bok choy (winter only)
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Master Crunch Gluten Free Crackers ( Not a whole food, but the ingredient list isn’t terrible. I do make crackers, but the truth is that we buy them more often than I make them)
  • Miss Mary’s Gluten Free Crackers (I love these)
  • Ethical Bean or Salt Spring Island Coffee
  • Parchment Paper

I’m not sure if I feel cleansed after that or just vulnerable. Maybe a good mix of both. In any case, I hope some of you might find that helpful.

Now onto Peanut Butter Bars!

Want to know why I love these bars?  They’re easy, fast and the ingredients are fairly flexible. You could literally make these at breakfast and enjoy them… for breakfast! 5 minutes to prepare and mix, 15 minutes to bake, 5 minutes to cool (longer is better, but meh, when in a rush…) and eating in 25 minutes. Of course these are also good as a snack or any o’ time really.

Now about flexibility, feel free to play with the ingredients a bit. Try other dried fruit instead of raisins, you can use maple syrup as a sweetener. I’ve given a few suggestions at the end of this post but I’m sure your creative minds will come up with all kinds of fun ideas.

Peanut Butter Bars

makes 8 “granola” sized bars or 16 squares

Serve these with a smoothie or a piece of fruit for breakfast on the run!

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup natural Peanut crunchy butter
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats (or quinoa flakes)
  • 2 Tbsp flour of choice (whole wheat, spelt or gluten free blend)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 Tbsp hemp hearts (or sub in sunflower/sesame seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp chia Seeds (or sub in sunflower or sesame seeds)

Note: GF: use gluten free oats or quinoa flakes

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a 8×8 or bread pan with parchment paper or foil. Melt the coconut oil so that it reaches its liquid state. In a medium size boil, mix oil, peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients and stir until well incorporated. Pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Press the mixture down using your hands or a spoon. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown. Cut into bars while still warm. Allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Not that they will last that long.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Substitute chocolate chips for raisins.

Cranberry Granola Bars

Substitute almond butter for peanut butter and dried cranberries for raisins. Add 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

I’ve also had my eye on these bars by Inspired Edible. They are next on my list!



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17 Responses to Peanut Butter Bars and Creep In On My Costco Cart

  1. Chaya May 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    These sound yummy. There is something about peanut butter that calls people’s names.

  2. ArmyWife May 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I’m glad I am not the only creeper!!! I LOVE doing it! LOL

  3. Health Nut May 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I am surprised that you use aluminum foil! It releases the heavy metal, aluminum, into your food!

    • beyondthepeel May 30, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      I ran out of parchment paper and I leave a in the middle of the forest. I had to make do.

  4. Koko May 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    LOL. France!! You cart creeper, you! I’m going to costco today or tomorrow and now I am self-conscious!! I am shopping for a bridal shower so there will be stuff I would normally never buy…who is going to judge me!!! Haha!

    These bars look great, however. I love peanut butter too much….

  5. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva May 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Yummy! I am a total cart creeper too, andatCostoc, I a,usually just thinking, “do they have any idea whatisinthat, do the even care?!” I also notice that your Costco has m,any items ours does not! You know, I work so darn hard to feed my family well, the occasional AFFORDABLE convenience item, like The alMond butter,like theCrunchMaster crackers are going to be ok! We have to cut ourselves an ounce of slack! Adding guilt too our load is no bueno!!

  6. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva May 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Ps, typo on “no where near a Costco”.

  7. Sylvie Marsden May 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    It’s so comforting to know I’m not alone as ‘a cart creeper’!!!!! I was in Costco just last evening (unusual for me as I don’t even have a membership so I have to go with a friend). I purchased several of the items on your list!!!! It’s heartening to find some organic items in that store, may they stock more in the future. Thinking of you in your tower!!!! Be safe.

  8. 1gbmommy May 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    LOL I do the same thing! I’m like they’re actually buying that??? Oh yikes!!! If they only knew whats really in that stuff!!! Don’t get me wrong either I love some of the bad stuff too but within reason. I’m a total cart creeper too!

  9. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat May 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    You are so funny! I am the exact same way. I watch very carefully as people put their purchases up on the belt. I size them up and down and wonder what kind of lives they live, why they’re buying so much ____, who they’re cooking for, what party they’re throwing. Yes, you’re right. It’s a sickness, and I’m glad I’m not alone!

    Your bars sound scrumptious!! And what wonderful ingredients!!

  10. Organic Nana May 30, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Lol! I do the same thing! how about this….if I am putting something in my cart my husband wants or eats that I don’t, I try to hide it under the good stuff!

  11. mjskit May 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

    That’s pretty funny! I have never had the thought of looking into someone else’s grocery cart. Maybe it’s because I might like what I see and end up buying something I don’t need. :) Well, thanks for the peak at your Costco cart. I buy some of the same things however, I made a short run today and it was mostly berries and a watermelon. :)

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  14. inspirededibles June 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Aww, thank you for the shout-out France! I’m actually more concerned about people snooping on my cart on the rare occasion that I’m picking up a Friday night treat for my teenage boys (wait a minute, aren’t you the local nutritionist? LOL). Your bars look creamy delicious and full of healthful ingredients. Peanut butter is a time-honored classic in our home as well. Love the hemp hearts here!

    Hope you’re keeping well – our thoughts are with you and family – xo.

    • beyondthepeel June 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      I worry about cart creepers too, even though I am one. My husband like me to pick up tortilla chips and I’m always so embarrassed! What if someone recognizes me? I just have to stop taking myself to seriously. hahaha

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