Breakfast Cookies

Our kitchen window looks out on the street.  Some mornings I like to just sit by the window with a cup of coffee and breakfast, enjoying breakfast and the view of the street.

Early morning is always peaceful, yet active.  Runners zip along the sidewalk.  People sleepily stroll while walking their dogs.  Birds chirp and hop along the branches of the trees lining the street.  And I sti watching it all.

These cookies are just right to enjoy while watching the morning unfold.  Full of flavor, light and filling they are easy to enjoy while sitting at home or grab on the way out the door.



Maple Peanut Butter Granola Bars

It’s a beautiful spring day.  The kind that makes me want to go to the beach, but I know it’s still a little to cold for that.  Instead I’ve been domestic and have been continuing spring cleaning.  A few days ago I had picked up a box of Kashi cereal that was on sale with the intention of making snack bars, and today seemed like the perfect day to try it.

The recipe is a conglomeration of several I’ve found, a lot of the ingredients can be substituted for whatever you want in the bars.  The nut and seed mixture especially can be almost any combination of seeds and chopped nuts.

A small bar goes a long way.  The maple syrup adds natural sweetness and the peanut butter gives it some oomph.  Chewy, peanut buttery, and delicious.  This is finger-licking good, which is a good thing because it is a little sticky for a bar.  They keep their shape, but be gentle with them.  As soon as you pop one into your mouth it begins to melt.  All the flavors remind me of fall in Michigan with maple trees and camp fires.  Wrapped up in parchment paper these little bars are going to be great pick me ups at work and while I continue spring cleaning.

Maple Peanut Butter Granola Bars (no bake)

1 cup Maple Syrup
1 cup Peanut Butter (smooth)
1 cup Craisins
3 cups Puffed Cereal (I used Kashi 7 whole grain puffs)
2 cups mixture of Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, Cashews, Almonds, and Pumpkin Seeds (your choice on quantities of each)

Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper, allowing a few inches to use as “handles” to lift the bars out of the tray.

In a large sauce pan heat the syrup and peanut butter together until smooth.  Heat until bubbles form.  Remove from heat and quickly stir in craisins, cereal, and nut/seed mixture. (I found it easiest to mix the craisins, cereal and nut/seed mixture in a separate bowl while the syrup and peanut butter heated up and then dump the whole thing in at once)

Press the mixture into the prepare pan with a spoon or spatula.  Allow to cool completely.  Cut into bars.  Enjoy!