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Bird Seed Bars

on September 10, 2013

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I love the light in my kitchen in the morning!   Sunshine for the Birdseed Bars!

I love the light in my kitchen in the morning!
Sunshine for the Bird Seed Bars!

This morning was “Grand-Pal’s Breakfast” at Ozzy’s school and Baby Danny went back to sleep after I fed him at 6, so I decided to make some of these on my own.  I love having my kid cook help out, but sometimes it’s nice to go it alone, too.  Especially because this is how it turned out the last time we made Bird Seed Bars…

Crabby Kid Cook

Crabby Kid Cook

Yikes! 😦  He was upset because he was having trouble mixing the gooey peanut butter and honey with the dry ingredients.  It’s true, sometimes cooking with kids can be stressful for all involved.  However, the fun times and bonding are absolutely worth a few tears every now and then.  There were no tears this morning.  Actually, it was really quiet. It was nice. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 c oats
  • 1/4 c peanuts
  • 1/4 c walnuts
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c flaxseed
  • 1/4 c toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/3 c honey
  • 1/3 c creamy peanut butter

Instructions:

  1. Line 2 loaf pans with parchment paper (or double the recipe for a 9×13).  Lightly spray the paper with cooking spray.
  2. Process oats until finely ground and pour them into a bowl.
  3. Pulse nuts until roughly chopped and add to oats.
  4. Mix sunflower, flax, and sesame seeds in with the oats and nuts.
  5. Heat peanut butter and honey in microwave until runny, 20 seconds or so.  Then, stir to combine.
  6. Add it into oat mixture and mix until coated evenly.
  7. Press into pan and let set in the fridge.
  8. Cut into bars and store in the fridge in an air-tight container with parchment between layers.

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • Have her push the button while food processing oats and nuts.
  • She can combine the dry ingredients.
  • Have her mix the peanut butter and honey, then she can lick the spatula!

Notes:

  • You can replace 1/3 c of the oats with 1/3 c coconut.
  • You can use any nuts you have on hand rather than peanuts and walnuts.
  • You can sub maple syrup for honey.  I would recommend this if kids under 2 are going to try them!
  • You don’t have to store in fridge, but it keeps them more firm.

This recipe was modified from one I found here: Jo and Sue

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