Doing things together & Gluten-free Granola Bars

We went to the local grocery shop a couple of days ago. My little boy was busy jumping up and down , as usual.

Suddenly my son spotted a lollipop that he had received on a birthday and he got excited. He started off by asking me to buy him the lollipop. I said No. We go on with this exchange a couple of times more.

When he realises that’s not working, he starts off with ‘If you get this for me, I will….”. And I assumed he will say – eat all veggies / clean my room everyday / share my toys with my sister .

I didn’t dream that the sentence will end with – I will make dinner for you Mamma 🙂

Mine wasn’t the only face in that shop that had a look of amusement and warmth, at this unusual exchange offer by a 5 year old.

The little guy knew what offer to bring to the table and how. Because I love his involvement when I am cooking or baking 🙂 And he didn’t leave it at that. Sure enough, he remained in the kitchen until I let him help with making the pasta sauce we were planning for dinner , from scratch.

I thought of this yesterday as my kids exchanged Rakhis. The biggest thing they can give each other apart from love is the joy of doing things together – because whether it’s a chore at home or something fun outdoors, the best way to enjoy it is together 🙂

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And after a lovely Sunday like that, I made these granola bars.

The Granola bar to beat gloomy but super hectic Mondays .

The Granola bar that you bake after dunking everything that is in sight.

Amaranth seeds, oats, chia seeds, melon seeds, dried figs, dates, cashews, walnuts, almonds, coconut sugar, peanut butter.

That’s pretty much it. And my kids gobbled these down at super speed. So now I know that I have to get into the habit of writing down the recipes so that I can bake it again !!

This dunking and baking has got to stop 😉 or has it ?

 

Recipe –

2 cups oats

1/2 cup amaranth seeds

1 tbsp each – Chia seeds, melon seeds

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup chopped cashews

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 cup – mixed dates and dried figs , chopped

1 cup coconut sugar

Peanut butter – 2-3 tbsp ( only as much as is needed to get it into a shapeable mix)

Method-

Dry roast the oats, amaranth seeds. Dry roast the nuts. Mix the two together. Add the seeds, figs, dates and coconut sugar. Mix very well. Slowly add the peanut butter and keep mixing until you can pick up the mixture and shape it into a square or put it into a baking tray. Press it well into the tray lined with baking paper.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, at 180 degrees C. If you have not shaped them already then run a knife through to cut it into squares. Do not remove from the container until they are totally cooled off.

Store in air tight container.

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