Monday, April 18, 2011

April Conservation Tip

You are hungry, and you don't really have time to cook or you are not even you get yourself some chips, cookies or a chocolate bar to quickly fill your stomach...sounds familiar?

I'm on the road a lot and after my share of above mentioned fillers I really tried to find healthy alternatives. For a while I had fresh fruit with me, especially bananas...they really smell good after a while when you forget them in the car;-) Then I had a bag of mixed nuts with me, that was quite good, but how many nuts can you eat.

A couple of months ago I went to Costco with my husband, it was supposed to be a quick running in and getting one or two things. But actually I don't know anyone who can get her husband out of a Costco in under one hour, neither could I.

Almost done with shopping we stumbled upon a plastic container with "Aussie Bites" inside. Why they are called Aussie Bites I don't know, maybe because they look like Kangaroo droppings? To my utter surprise, they landed in our shopping cart.

Since it by now was way past lunch time, we were quite hungry and so my husband started to munch on the not very appetizing looking "Bites". With my stomach growling I caved in and tried one. They were not super tasty, but edible, but they really stilled my hunger, even to the point that I forgot to eat real lunch at home. Two of these "Bites" kept me fine all afternoon. So I got thinking and went online to see if I can find a more tasty recipe.

I did find a wealth of recipes and tried a few, the very first batch was good, the second too crumbly, the third....and so forth. But after a couple of batches I think I now found a reliable recipe, that I would like to share:

Power Bites Recipe:

I use all organic ingredients, but I assume the recipe works just fine with conventional ones

2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 to 2 cups of extras such as nuts, sunflower kennels, flax seed, dried fruit (I dried some raspberries last summer, but any dried fruit in small pieces will work)
1/3 cup of honey
8 oz ( 2 sticks)butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all the dry ingredients

Melt the butter together with the honey (over slow heat on the stove or in the microwave)

Mix the baking soda into the hot water and add to the butter mixture.

Pour the butter - baking soda mixture over the premixed dry ingredients and mix well.

With the help of two teaspoons fill the mixture into a mini cupcake pan (due to the high butter content there is no need to grease the form) and press firmly in.

Bake about 10 min at 350 degrees, let them cool slightly but not completely before carefully taking them out of the form. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container. Makes around 48 Power Bites.

They keep well in an airtight container for about two months, they might be even longer edible, but they start to taste stale after a while. And although really healthy and good for you, they are not low calorie. Depending on what you use for the "extras" they have about 100 to 130 calories per bite..! So enjoy them in moderation.

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