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Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

Fall is my favorite. Seriously, I love summer, winter, spring & fall. But I don’t think that I anticipate any season more than FALL! Scarves, pumpkins, and leaves galore!

Last week we went to the pumpkin patch & got a few pumpkins to carve. Pax was not really a fan of participating in the carving~ but loved the finished product. He keeps saying “pumpkin” “happy” because Steve carved the pumpkin with a smiley face. It’s so adorable.

Today we added another word to his growing vocabulary…. Pumpkin Seeds. Seriously. Too cute. The child keeps asking for pumpkin seeds. The recipe below is the reason for that!

These are so good that I really want to go out & buy more pumpkins just so I can roast more seeds.

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups raw whole pumpkin seeds, washed & patted dry

Melt butter & mix with other seasonings. Then toss with pumpkin seeds. Roast in the oven at 275 for approximately an hour & 15 minutes stirring occasionally. The end result:

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Steve’s Favorite Granola Bars

As of late, I’ve been lazy in the kitchen. This translates to Paxton getting graham crackers & kashi cereal bars when he wants a snack… which translates to me feeling like a crappy mom for feeding him, well, crap. Okay, it’s not all crap, but honestly, I don’t like feeding him stuff that has high fructose corn syrup or transfat.

Enter this granola recipe. I figured this would be a good treat for him when he’s asking for a snack.

I based the recipe off Ina Garten’s granola bar recipe and followed her steps carefully. They were wonderful!! Steve took a few bites and said something like “these are the best granola bars you’ve ever made” (which is saying a lot b/c I’ve made many a granola bar). He then went on to say, “can you be sure to save this recipe” ~ yes honey, yes, I can πŸ™‚ so here it is!!

Here’s the link to the original recipe.

My version:

  • 2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped pecans & walnuts (or whatever nuts you have on hand)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, loosely packed (I used sweetened)
  • 1/4 c. flax seed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • a little less than 2/3 cup honey (I ran out πŸ™‚ so I supplemented with a few Tbsp of Agave nector…which I just recently read is suppose to be terrible for you?!? I need to do more investigating on that one)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried craisins
  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (these were left over from some other recipe)
  • 1/4 c. sesame seeds
  • cinnamon to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9×13 pan THEN cover with Parchment paper. I thought this sounded weird in Ina’s instructions, but I did it anyway. It was awesome. The bars came out easily after baking/cooling.Reduce oven to 300.

On a dry baking sheet/jelly roll pan, combine the oatmeal, coconut, and nuts. Toast at 350 for approx 10 minutes till fragrant (stir occasionally). When toasted, put in a large bowl. Stir in Flax seed, dried fruit, cinnamon, and seeds.

Meanwhile, combine the honey, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat till boiling and then pour over oatmeal mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared 9×13, press down with wet fingers, and bake at 300 for 25-30 min. Let set to cool for at least 2 hrs. Reviewers complained that the bars crumbled if this step wasn’t done. I waited the 2 hrs and then pulled the parchment paper out. I cut these bars with a pizza cutter on the counter and they were just perfect!

*Note. I pulsed up the dried fruit and nuts pretty finely (in separate batches in the food processor) so that Pax wouldn’t spit them out πŸ™‚ Also, theΒ  reviewers of this recipe said that they freeze well!

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