Keeping things simple in a not so simple world

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a bit of busyness

Two years, almost, since I began working again.  Only recently have I felt that I am not overwhelmed with managing a household, children, garden and work.  I’m sure there are moments when I will feel overwhelmed again, but for now, I am taking a moment to breathe.  I am also willing to begin blogging again and hope to have some fun recipes to share with you.

I have to say that if I didn’t care so much about what my family ate, I’d probably have a bit more time on my hands.  But being intentional about food is time consuming – though, fun and rewarding at the same time.

Today, I’d like to share a simple healthy bar that we’ve been eating around here.  It freezes well and is filling for active kids on the go.  It is nut free (though you could add some nuts), gluten-free and vegan and so very yummy!

Banana Oat Bars

4 rip bananas, mashed
1 cup paw paw puree or applesauce
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 cup sweet white rice flour
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix the wet ingredients together and then add in dry, mixing well. Add in the oatmeal, coconut flakes, chocolate chips (and/or nuts). Mix.
Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
Spread mixture into pan evenly.
Bake until an inserted knife comes out clean.

Let cool and serve.