Fun Foods Friday Goes Nutty

It’s Friday! You know what that means? Time for some Fun Foods!

Today I present to you a snack that I made the other night on a whim. A bunch of things thrown into a bowl at random turned into one of the best (and easiest) snacks I’ve ever made.

So I shall share.

But first, it’s time for some random thoughts, because that is what my Friday posts have somehow morphed into. (Let’s be serious, most of my thoughts revolve around food, but there are some other things going on up there as well)

  • I’m sure by now, everyone’s heard of the “Bridal Hunger Games“… The “diet” plan that consists of having a feeding tube fed through your nose to your stomach, and providing the patient with 800 calories per day.  Really people? REALLY? 800 Calories per day? Just to lose weight for your wedding? It makes me sick. Not even getting into the health issues I have with this, the social implications are alarming. So now women think that they have to starve themselves to look acceptable on their wedding day? I could go on for days about this, but I won’t do that to you. You’re welcome.

Um, Yuck. [Picture links to source above]

  • I’m still loving Phillip Phillips on American Idol. He covered an Usher song this week, and killed it. I do believe I’m regressing to my tween years.
  • I’m Dying to go see Titanic 3D. Leo in his prime! The handprint on the window! The old couple in their bed while the ship is sinking! Ah, Titanic. You get me every time. (See above – Re: Tween years)

And now ladies and gents…

It’s Recipe time!!

These are some homemade granola bars that I made the other night, and just happened to polish them all off in about 2.5 days. Don’t judge.

Steph’s Peanut-Honey No-Bake Granola Bars 

What you’ll need:

1/2 C Organic Peanut Butter (I use creamy)

3/4 C Oats

3 Tbs raisins

2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes

3 Tbs Chopped dates

1 Tbs almond meal

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

2.5 Tbs Honey

What you’ll do:

Mash it all up in a bowl. Smash it into a pan. Cut. Eat. Smile 🙂

Looking at these pictures makes me want more. Now. 

Seriously though, I molded mine into about a 6″ by 6″ square that was about a 1/2 inch thick, and refrigerated for a little while to let it set. Don’t be fooled though, these puppies are filling and satisfying in small quantities! They are healthy, but they are still calorie dense so if you can control yourself, I would advise cutting them up into smaller portions for a snack. They are a great “energy” snack for that afternoon crash, or a pick-me-up on a hike or in the middle of a busy day when you just need something on-the-go.

Add-ins: There are endless possibilities here. I’ll probably add in some different flavors next time I make them: chocolate chips would be delicious, different types of nut butters such as almond or cashew would add a different flavor; chopped nuts such as pecans or walnuts would also add a nice touch! Be creative, and let me know what you come up with 🙂

 A quick note: I always buy and use Organic Peanut Butter from Trader Joes. If you don’t want to go organic, at least do yourself a favor and try a brand that is natural and only includes 2 ingredients: Peanuts and Salt. Sugar does NOT belong in nut butters! Natural nut butters also taste way better in my opinion.

Alrighty then. That is all. Now go enjoy your Friday!

If you can enjoy your weekend as much as this guy, you’re doing something right. 

What do you guys feel about the Bridal Feeding Tube trend? Has anyone seen Titanic 3D? Do you buy organic nut butters?

11 thoughts on “Fun Foods Friday Goes Nutty

  1. When I first heard about that feeding tube diet I couldn’t believe it was real!! The extent some people will go to…jeeze louise haha
    These bars look so nomalicious! I would probably end up devouring that whole pan in one sitting!! 😀
    Have a rockin weekend friend!

  2. Ooer, those looks really good. Fab post!

  3. onehealthymunchkin April 20, 2012 — 11:04 am

    Those bars look awesome! I love granola bars with a lot of nut butter in them. 😀

    Can you believe I’ve actually never even seen Titanic? I’m scared to see it because I know it’s going to make me cry really hard hah.

  4. Oh girl I love you 🙂 Why don’t we live closer? I would totally go see Titanic 3D with you. I have never actually seen the “real” Titanic, but I too am dying to see this one. I would totally be your movie date ❤

  5. This would be a great day for one of my walk/runs-probably high 50s. I have to hold an open house and didn’t get time to get on treadmill this morning. I am hoping that it will still be pretty and an afternoon brisk walk will do the trick. I wish I had done the treadmill. I would feel better. Sitting at the computer downloading photos and I feel dead already. I know better. Even my daughter told me get your treadmill in and you’ll feel better. Have to get my body in sync with my mind. Oh How I admire all you self motivated people!
    I am excited about your blog-lots of helpful info here!! Thanks!

  6. Ewww! No, I have not heard about Bridal Hunger Games! I don’t get it! What’s the point?! It’s not like it’s anyone’s first time seeing you at your wedding! Maybe in a long time–but still–these people know you! Why do you have to do that to yourself?!! :/

    Maybe they need a piece of your granola bar to snap out of it 😮

    1. Haha, I’m sure one of those bars is the last thing those ladies want, but the first thing they need!! It’s shocking isn’t it? I don’t understand why people think this is ok?

  7. loriannehutchins May 19, 2012 — 10:48 pm

    Clearly I am catching up–sorry. Nice gorilla graphic–gets the point across! 🙂 The brides are insane.

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