Saturday, February 16, 2008

Breakfast Bar v2

Went to the Farmer's Market this morning. Bought some cauliflower, leeks, garlic, pink lady apples, Austrian Fruit Bread for my Mum and some of these gorgeous strawberries.


Came home and made an apple version of yesterday's Banana Nut Breakfast Bars. They are yummy. I snuck 1/2 for snack. I think I like the Banana the best but you be the judge. What I'm really excited about is the yummy Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting I came up with for the top. OMG!?! So good. It would be great on the Banana version too.


Shelly's Apple Nut Breakfast Bar with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

1/3 cup Raw Almonds, ground
1/3 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1/4 cup Soy Flour (7 g. of protein per 1/4 cup)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Tablespoon Cold Butter
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 cup Pecans, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup No Sugar Added Apple Butter
1/4 cup Dried Apple, diced small
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used Caramel)

Mix apple butter, diced dried apple and beaten egg and set aside. In a mini food processor whiz almonds, oats, soy flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder till fine. Add almond butter and butter and whiz again till incorporated. Add to egg and apple mixture. Add SF Torani syrup and chopped pecans. Mix well. Pat with a fork into 5 x 7" baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Cut into 6-8 squares. Smear with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting when cool.

Shelly's Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon Butter, softened
2 Tablespoon Vanilla Soy Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani (I used French Vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Mix all together till smooth and spread on cooled bars.

This frosting was soooo good. What else I can smear some on? Celery, a cottage cheese pancake, a fruit kabob, one of those gorgeous strawberries, my finger ;)


The rest of the day I spent chatting with my sis and some pals (aka avoiding housework) and working on the garden. I need a few huge bags of that Miracle Grow soil I used last year and another horse trough for more herbs. I drilled holes in the bottom and it worked out great and looked super cool too.

Highlights of the day:

* The warm sun (they say just 15 min of sun 3x a week is needed to produce the body's requirement of Vitamin D)

* Flirting with the cute apple guy at the FM (way too young for me)

* Making a big pot of soup for dinner (I'll snap some porn for ya)

Listening to: Just listened to "Love Song" Sara Bareilles and my dealio is on shuffle and no joke "This Ain't a Love Song" Bon Jovi came up next. If The Cure "Lovesong" comes up next I'll shit. Nope Eve 6 "Promise" whew... I thought my Ipod was possessed.

3 comments:

BTC said...

This recipe sounds awesome! I picked up some almond meal at Trader Joe's this weekend. Could that be used in place of ground raw almonds in this recipe? I have regular apple butter because I can't seem to find sf.

Betsy

Michelle said...

Hi Betsy, I haven't read the back of the TJ's almond meal but I'm gathering it's just ground almonds and that would work great. I just bought their raw almonds and whizzed them fine. So that stuff eliminates a step!

Stephanie said...

Can you use fresh apples instead of dried apples in the recipe??