Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars – No Bake!

Sometimes my cupboard does a convincing impression of Mother Hubbard’s.

And I just don’t feel like going to the store.

But the little people still insist on food.

In comes these protein, fiber filled bars! They come together in 20 minutes, no baking needed and are great for breakfast, snacks, or to pack in lunches!

Breakfast Bar 1

Peanut Butter Coconut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Base

1 c Peanut Butter, crunchy or creamy

1/3 Honey

3 1/2 c Oats, quick or Old Fashioned

1/2 cup flax seed (can replace with 1/2 cup more oats if you don’t have them!)

Put PB & Honey in Microwave safe bowl, heat in increments of 20 seconds until soft and easy to mix. Add Oats and flax, mixing until coated. Press into a 9-inch square pan.

Icing

1/2 c Cocoa Powder

1c Powdered Sugar

3 Tbsp Milk (Alternately, 1 Tbsp and 2 Tbsp Coconut Coffee Syrup)

Coconut Flakes to sprinkle (optional)

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.  Add extra milk in teaspoon increments to reach desired consistency. Pour over base and use rubber scraper to spread evenly. Sprinkle coconut flakes over the top as desired.

Cover and cool in fridge until hardened. Cut into bars and enjoy!

**I store the extra in the fridge to munch while the kiddos aren’t looking 😉

Breakfast Bar 2

“Secret Ingredient” Pizza Sauce (GF & V)

Friday night is Family Movie Night! Boy-O says the highlight of the evening is our Pizza Picnic. We were given an awesome picnic mat that is tightly woven and easy to clean. Little One takes her job of rolling it out very seriously, it has to be just right so everyone can see the movie. Boy-O just wants to get to the eating part, and I don’t blame him!

We don’t eat just any pizza, it’s homemade! Sometimes on fresh crust, sometimes on sliced bread from the local bakery – but regardless the crust used, everyone knows the sauce is the most important part. Through the past year I have played and tweaked my sauce recipe, and it wasn’t quite right until I added the “secret ingredient” on a whim. It was just what was missing! What is this miracle pizza sauce enhancer?

Pure Maple Syrup.

I know what you are thinking. Syrup? With tomato sauce? Try it, I promise you will not be disappointed.

“Secret Ingredient” Pizza Sauce

1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes (Sub Tomato Puree for a smoother sauce)
2 6oz cans Tomato Paste
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
2 tsp Minced Garlic (Double for Garlic Pizza Sauce)
3 Bay Leaves
1 Tbsp Basil
Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once heated through turn on low and simmer, covered, for an hour, stirring occasionally. The sauce can be refrigerated and keeps for weeks! Makes enough for 2 to 4 pizzas, depending on how saucy you like it.