The arctic blast has reached us all the way down here in Texas. So I have been baking comfort food for the kiddos. They absolutely love the peanut butter granola I prepare.
But lately I’ve been on a superseed kick, so I have been adding them in where ever I can.
I typically bake a triple batch of my peanut butter granola recipe, and lately I have been adding 2 tablespoons each of chia seeds, hemp hearts, and ground flax seed to the oats before adding the liquid ingredients. They give the granola that extra kick of goodness.
I was inspired after browsing recipes on Evernote’s Food app and discovered a recipe for these peanut butter granola muffins
. After preparing granola today, I took some and prepared these muffins for the kids.
Peanut Butter Granola Muffins
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup granola (use a spatula to break apart clumps)
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1 banana, mashed
2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 2 1/2 Tbsp water)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix together maple syrup, milk, peanut butter, mashed banana, coconut oil, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl combine flours, granola, and baking powder.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix together.
Add flax egg and chia seeds and mix to combine.
Pour batter into cupcake cups in a muffin tin – cups should be almost completely full.
Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick or knife comes out clean after inserting.
Okay, maybe snails, pill bugs, worms, and lots and lots of dirt.
We spent the afternoon in our backyard Saturday, enjoying the warm weather and each other’s company. After some family work, tidying up the yard and cutting grass, the kids had a blast exploring under rocks and collecting their favorite pill bugs.
While the kids enjoyed the bugs and the sunshine, I put in some much needed time in the garden. I didn’t use my garden boxes last year on account of my pregnancy, and honestly hadn’treally considered doing one this year since we will be moving once the house sells. But we ultimately decided it was worth the effort to have some some garden produce while we were still here.
So I mixed compost into two of my raised beds, and planted lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and peppers. I will need to cover the beds if we have any really cold nights, but it felt great getting things planted. I’m looking forward to many wonderful salads soon!
I wanted to pass along a simple but decadent recipe I prepared this week. This dessert is soooo rich.
This recipe is from Food Republic. I doubled the recipe since I only had regular muffin tins, not mini muffin tins. I also substituted agave syrup for the honey (maple syrup would work as well).
Superseed Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
12 oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 Tbsp agave syrup
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
I combined the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a glass bowl, and heated in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
I then placed a tablespoon of chocolate mixture in bottom of each muffin cup. The muffin tin was placed in the freezer for a couple of minutes until chocolate was solid.
In another bowl, peanut butter, agave, and seeds were combined and mixed thoroughly. A dollop was placed into each muffin cup on top of hardened chocolate, and then spread out flat, using the back of a spoon.
Finally, remaining chocolate was spread on top of each, one teaspoon per muffin cup. The muffin tin was placed in freezer for several minutes to set the chocolate. These were stored in the refrigerator to keep chocolate from melting.
I think one of my most important jobs as a parent is educating my children about their inherent rights and liberties that exist regardless of politics or government. I believe that growing up with a firm understanding of their rights will allow them to function more confidently in the world.
This past Spring we discovered a wonderful resource for learning about some of these topics. Connor Boyack’s new series, The Tuttle Twins
, presents some of these ideas in a colorful, fun format that is easy to understand by a younger audience but not over-simplified.
The first book in the series, The Tuttle Twins Learn about the Law
, introduces children to some of the ideas that Frederic Bastiat
covered in his well-known collection of essays, The Law
. Through colorful illustrations and fun conversations with the main characters, Ethan and Emily, concepts such as legal plunder, which might be a little heavy for younger audiences, are readily understandable.
Kyri loved The Tuttle Twins Learn About The Law, and carried around Bastiat’s The Law for weeks afterward, reading the essays.
We were SO excited when this first book in the series was released! Kyri walked around the house reading this book, as well as her own copy of Bastiat’s The Law, for weeks. We had wonderful conversations about the topics the book introduced.
I was excited to learn about the much-anticipated follow-up book that was published just before the holidays – we preordered and Kyri received it as a Christmas gift! In the second book in the series, The Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil
, Ethan and Emily learn about what is really required to produce something simple that we probably take for granted every day – the wooden pencil. Boyack has presented the ideas from Leonard Read’s classic essay, “I, Pencil”
in a fun way for children to really comprehend how the free market works.
Kyri was amazed to learn about the complicated family tree of the simple wooden pencil.
This series is wonderful and I can’t recommend it enough. Check out the links above and see for yourself – the illustrations are amazing and the stories are powerful. You can also click on my affiliate link to the left of the page to read more about The Tuttle Twins series.