A Semi-Wordless Wednesday

Happy Wednesday all!

It is a busy week for me round’ these here parts, but I promise to have tons of yummy recipes in the works. Just sit tight for a sec. Today I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite pictures. And here it is Johnny…

I absolutely love this pic of my Dad and sis
I believe the pic was taken when my sister was in Jr. high…we lived in Nor Cal at the time and it looks pretty cold and windy, no? Anyway, it’s pictures like this that really make me cherish the moments spent with my family. We love, we fight, we get on each other’s nerves, but at the end of the day, we are family, and we LOVE each other unconditionally. Plus, because the Christmas season is fast approaching I tend to get more sentimental with just about everything. Ex: I was driving along in the car the other day listening to Adele’s song “Someone Like You,” and I burst into tears…literally. For no reason whatsoever. Then I started laughing hysterically at myself…sometimes I wonder. Today just take some time, weather you are on a break at work, or in the midst of a pile of paperwork, to go through some old photos of the times you’ve shared with friends and family. I guarantee it will spark some pretty funny memories. With that said, What is your favorite holiday memory? It can be a memory with your family, friends, or hey, even your dog. Whatever it is, I would love to know!

MANGIA!!!

Wordless Wednesday

Banana mash + Golden Raisins

Oat Mixture

The whole she-bang!

Before baking…

Looks like granola pie…

Holy

Granola!

Healthy Golden Banana Oat Bars:

Ingredients:
1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. grapeseed oil
1 tsp Mexican vanilla extract
2 medium very ripe bananas
1/3 c. golden raisins
1.5 c. rolled oats (for gluten free use gluten free oats)
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. almond flour (or flour of your choice)
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-in square pan with parchment paper. (I used a round 9 in-cake pan and it worked out just fine).
2. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, almond milk, oil, and vanilla and whisk well.
3. Cut the bananas into chunks and stir into the wet mixture. Grab a fork or potato masher and mash the banana into the wet mixture. It is okay if some chunks remain. Stir in raisins and set aside.
4. In another bowl mix your dry ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well.
5. Scoop the granola batter into the pan. Smooth it out using a spatula or your hands and press it down firmly.
6. Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes until the edges begin to golden and it is slightly firm to the touch. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack and cooling completely. Slice into 12-14 small squares.

MANGIA!!!