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.
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!