College – Bars

hey there 🙂

actually, i’ve just gotten home from my third day at college.

IT’S AMAZING!

imagine about 70 people, coming from everywhere across the whole planet in my hometown to study.

we got 22 nations covered!

here’s a list of all the countries featured by us students

i told you i need some quick grab’n’go treats to take with me when spending the whole day at college.

therefore, i created my own recipe for GRANOLA BARS!

they are very similar as my “homemade granola”, just as a comfy to-go snack.

i figured out 2 versions of these bars.

they are very easy to make and, again, very flexible.

put into your fav. ingredients, here are my tried versions:

COLLEGE  – BARS

classic  style


– 1/2 – 1 c. spelt flakes

– 1 c. amarath-pops

– 1 cup muesli mix (oats, raisins, sunflower seeds)

– 1/4 c. flax seed, shredded

– 3/4 – 1 c. nuts, chopped (i used almonds, cashews & pecans)

–> on a baking sheet, toast the above ingredients for about 10 min. at 150 – 200 ° C.

– 1 banana, mashed

– 1/2 c. rice-syrup

– 3- 4 T mylk

–  1 t salt

– 1 t carob-powder

– 1 – 3 T cinnamon

* optional: some instant coffee powder

–> mix these ingredients & set aside until your others are a little toasted.

then, mix everything & toss well.

layer everything on the baking sheet, pressing it until flat (depends on how thin/thick you want your bars to be).

turn on heat to 200° C. & bake for about 15-25 min., depending on how crunchy you want the bars to end up.

now, let cool down for about 20 min. & then cut into bars.

cool in fridge & enjoy!

COLLEGE – BARS

fruity style

– 1 1/2 c. spelt flakes

– 1 1/2 c. amaranth pops

– 1/3 c. flaxseed, shredded

– 3/4 c. nuts, chopped (almonds, cashews, pecans)

– some dried figs, chopped (i used 7)

– some dried dates, chopped

– 3/4 c. raisins

– 1 banana, mashed

– 1/2 c. rice syrup

– 1/4 c. pure orange juice

– 1 t salt

– 1 t carob

– 2-4 T cinnamon

– 2 t ginger powder

*optional: 2 t instant coffee powder

-> see the instructions above at the “classic version” & follow them. 

roast the grains & nuts first & then add the wet mixture & toss well.

layer everything on a baking sheet &  press until flat, then bake.

when finished, let cool down & then cut in bars-forms.

i am so amazed!

these college – bars are so much cheaper, healthier & tastier than store-bought granola bars!

think about how much you would normally pay for such a bar.

college – bars don’t contain any trans fats. in fact, they contain no added fat at all!

more, these bars contain no sugar, but healthy, natural sweeteners.

short: they’re good for you, for the environment, animals, your heart & for your purse!  🙂

EXTRA- RECOMMENDATION

make your own composition of bars!

if you wonder what you could change, you may take a look at my “Index” – page for substitution-ideas.

i also kinda brainstormed and could offer you the following ideas:

– add chocolate! chocolate is great in any form: chocolate chips, totally chocolate-covered bars, cocoa powder instead of the carob;

– add some dried/dehydrated/fresh berries;

– add pieces of a banana;

– add peanut or any nut butter to the wet ingredients;

– add jam to the wet ingredients;

– reduce the amount of grains & use more nuts instead for a more “nutty” bar;

– add seeds! pumpkin, sunflower etc.;

– add shredded coconut/coconut-flakes;

have a good day,

s.

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are you a “snacker”?

 

do you like to stroll around in your house, looking for something delicious you could put into your mouth?

are there some kinds of foods around that keep on calling “eat me, eat me!”, everytime you pass them?

do you prefer several smaller meals over the mainstream 3 big meals?

 

– if so: welcome to the club! 

you are a “SNACKER”.

 

maybe you’re asking yourself right now: “oh my goodness..- is it cool to be a >snacker<?”

well. i can only speak for myself, but in my opinion, it is very cool! 😉

 

why?

 

you can snack your way through your day and eat much more various, different & interesting food than you would if you weren’t a snacker.

another reason is, you never get too hungry and won’t ever feel too full.

also, it’s healthier, to eat smaller, balanced meals over the day than 3 huge portions.

 

 

 

so, let’s get snacky!

here come the TOP 3 of  my fav. snacks..

 

1.)

 

 

this is one of the easiest things to make, and still it’s kinda my all time favourite: APPLE-BITES, topped with some cinnamon and pure lemon-juice. healthy and tasty!

 

by the way, it could be said that fruit is my favorite snack, in general. “FAST FOOD“, packed with vitamins! yay.

 

 

2.)

another “all time classic”!

 

TRAIL MIX, in austria known as “students-food“, which is a mixture of nuts such as almonds, cashews, pecans etc., and raisins. there are various things to additionally pack into trail-mixes, like seeds or dried cranberries.

 

this snack is loaded with energy and taste, contains healthy fats and minerals. it’s good for your heart and contains substances that perfectly work against stress. now we all know why it’s also known as “students-food”! 😉

 

 

3.)

i knooooow. these little friends are not really filmstar-beauties. they’re not that photogenic, but nevertheless i love them.

DRIED FIGS  are known to be very healthy and provide you with good energy. they taste very sweet and have to be stored in the fridge, unless you eat all of them at once (me? yeah, i know i’m strange).

 

 

have you noticed? i just mentioned sweet snacks. as said before, i also highly appreciate every kind of fruit. think: oranges, bananas, peaches, grapes, pineapples and so on. fresh, sweet, cheap & uncomplicated! 🙂

 

 

but, from time to time i also long for savory snacks. 

personally, i like hot & spicy tofu – slices, raw veggies, roasted beans/chickpeas and huge salads. 

i could go on like this forever! 😉

 

 

what about your fav. snacks? 

if you want, leave a comment and tell me your preferences when it comes to snacks!

i’m curious! 🙂

 

 

now, time for some musical snack!

some days ago my good friend L. & me did a small recording session of a song by jessie j. if anyone is interested in the outcome, click the link to see the video of our cover version on youtube!

“Who You Are” Acoustic Version

 

 

 

 

 

one more thing: i told you in the last post i would shop for some nice decorations for my new room.

 

here’s what i got:

 

..rocking it on my walls..

…so does this cute pal…

 

..as well as my beloved “epiphone”-poster!

 

 

BUT… who rocks it the most?

 

my fluffy “broccoli-boy“!

 

🙂

 

stay snacky,

s.