Foodie Friday: Banana Bread Granola & a Giveaway!

Best part of being home during the day?

Jilly Bean

Skyping with Jilly bean when Bubby is babysitting 🙂 Love her little giggles!

Anywho, the other day catastrophe struck and I found myself without granola [it’s a good thing I’m not dramatic or anything]. Having recently received a package from Bob’s Red Mill, I knew I could remedy the situation.

Bobs Red Mill

I also happened to have a couple bananas that were pretty much banana bread-perfect. I reached for the oats and pecans and went to work.

Banana Bread Granola

Makes 5 cups
Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

Banana Bread Granola

Ingredients
– 3 cups rolled oats
– 1 1/4 cups raw pecans; chopped
– 1 tbsp ground flax seed
– 1 tsp sea salt
– 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
– 1/4 cup coconut oil; melted
– 1/4 cup honey [Substitute agave or maple syrup if vegan]
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 medium bananas; mashed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, pecans, flax seed, sea salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas. When the wet ingredients have come together, mix them into the dry ingredients until everything is evenly coated.

Spread the mixture onto two parchment- or silpat-lined baking sheets. Bake for 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. I didn’t toss my granola until the very end and was able to get nice big clusters. If you’d like smaller pieces, feel free to toss throughout the baking process.

Nutritional Information
Per 1/3 cup serving

212 Calories  /  14g Fat  /  20g Carbs  /  3g Fiber  /  6g Sugar  /  4g Protein

Giveaway Time!

Bob’s Red Mill has graciously offered one reader a package of the same 4 ingredients I received above. Click here to enter!

Looking for other recipes to make using these ingredients?
Here are a few I have on my list:

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

What would you make with these ingredients?
What is your favorite kind of granola?

Foodie Friday: Superbowl Recipe Roundup & a Winner!

Are you ready for Superbowl Sunday?! You may not be as psyched as I am, but I guess that’s because my Ravens are playing!

Even before I knew they would be playing, I already started planning what I could make for the big game. Shocking, right? I knew I wanted to have some healthy options available and because the game is at 6:30pm, I also knew I didn’t just want snacky foods. So I started making a list..

Superbowl Baltimore Maryland MD Ravens San Francisco California CA 49ers Appetizers Dips Hummus Football Food Purple Barr & Table

Dips/Snacks

Beet / Walnut Dip [Healthy. Happy. Life.]
Clearly this one is happening. I mean, it’s pretty close to purple so that was a given. Not to mention, it sounds fantastic!

Spicy Sriracha White Bean Dip [White on Rice Couple]
I love this dip; it’s like a spicy hummus! I made it for a New Years Eve party and it was devoured.

Lemony Baked Feta Artichoke Dip [A Bubbly Life]
This looks like a fun twist on a regular spinach artichoke dip.

Cauliflower Bread Sticks [Mama Grubbs Grub]
At this point, many of you have seen the cauliflower pizza crust recipes going around. This is essentially the same idea, but just cut up into dippers. Perfect for a healthier option than a typical cheesy bread.

Proteins

Buffalo Chicken Rolls [Can You Stay for Dinner?]
A great option if you’re looking to do something outside of the normal wings n things.

Reuben Rolls
One of my must-makes from my Pinterest obsession. This might just be the weekend for them!

Butternut Squash & Chipotle Chili [Cookie + kate]
This is another definite. I’ve made this chili a few times before and absolutely love it. And you can’t go wrong with football and chili!

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Debbie, the lucky winner of the Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway!

Debbie says :
oh gosh. i have a serious peanut butter addiction and i actually haven’t tried this brand!
the dark chocolate dreams sounds AMAZING!!

Please email me at Brittany@BarrAndTable.com with your shipping address by Sunday, February 3rd at 11:59 PM EST to claim your prize!

Food for Thought

Are you making any special recipes this weekend for the big game?

National Cookie Day!

Have you entered my giveaway for Hail Merry Macaroons yet? You don’t want to miss it!

Today is a wonderful day; it’s National Cookie Day! I’ve been planning on testing a holiday cookie recipe and had I realized sooner, I would have had it ready for today. But since I don’t, I wanted to share a list of some of my favorite cookie recipes. And maybe a few that I’ve been eyeing but haven’t gotten around to testing yet 😉 Those are noted with a *

National Cookie Day Chocolate Chip White Macadamia Ginger Coconut Pumpkin Oatmeal

Healthy Treats

Indulgences

I think I gave you enough to work with for a little while. Now get to baking! 🙂

Food for Thought

What are some of your favorite cookie recipes? Do you make holiday cookies every year?

Barr Bites: A New Venture

Holy moly, it’s been too long since my last post! Between crazy projects at work and the Orioles games (so sad!), last week was insane and I missed my blog so much. In the meantime, I’ve taken on a new business venture. It was kind of an accident, but there are no complaints here!

There are only so many times I could hear “If I pay you, will you make my lunches?” until I respond, “No. Really. I will!”

And that’s how Barr Bites was born.

Last week, I made one of my coworkers 3 lunches for the week:

Barr Bites Eating Bird Food Holiday Kale Salad Butternut Squash Red Pepper Salmon Pasta

I adjusted the recipes to her likes and dislikes and was pleased to have gotten rave reviews and a request for more meals this week! This is huge coming from a picky pregnant lady 😉

Barr & Table Bites Amber Valero

Barr & Table Bites Amber Valero

And even more exciting, not only did she request meals for this week, but word spread and I ended up with 3 additional coworkers asking for meals! Nathan loves it too.. he is definitely enjoying reaping all of the benefits of having 1 or 2 extra servings of each dish in the house!

Barr & Table Bites Nathan Lehnhoff

But I’d have to say my favorite part of the entire process, besides making everyone so happy, is getting to test out new recipes. I recently posted a Weekender Top 5; my list of recipes that I wanted to test out over the weekend, but it doesn’t always work out since Nathan and I can only eat so much! By making food for other people, I get to try out even more recipes that I’ve been oogling.

This week’s menu is another fun mix:

So far, so good! Though there are a few small kinks to work out of the system (like my fridge situation..), I look forward to continuing to grow.

Barr & Table Bites Lunch to Go Refrigerator

Uh oh.. looks like I need more room!

Food for Thought

What is your most recent exciting venture, business or otherwise?

Top 5 in Review

You may have thought I was crazy for shooting for my Weekender Top 5. And I have to admit, my eyes were bigger than my stomach! I did, however, make it through 3 of my 5 recipes and I’m pleased to say I would absolutely make them again!

First up was the Pumpkin Power Roll. I made this Saturday night for dessert, but ended up having 1 little slice for dessert and then devouring the rest for breakfast Sunday morning. I would definitely recommend this recipe, though, I’m not sure I’ll be able to wait to let it cool and roll up. I might have to eat it flat 😉

Powercakes Power Pumpkin Spice Roll Greek Yogurt

Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of PowerCakes

Next up were the Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate any vegan white chocolate chips, so they ended up just being macadamia nut cookies. They have a bit more of a banana flavor then I expected, but they’re quite tasty nonetheless. Today just happens to be Homemade Cookie Day which is perfect since I made these cookies for a family dinner tonight! Even though I may have snuck a taste of one last night. Quality control, people! Someone has to do it!

Healthy Happy Life Vegan White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Vegan White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Finally, I made the Coconut Bundt Cake and she’s a beaut! I may have taken a little nibble from the bottom of this one too.. like I said, quality control! It came out so well and I can’t wait to dig in tonight!

Healthy Happy Life Coconut Bundt Cake

Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

The last 2 recipes, Cauliflower Pizza Crust and Autumn Vegetable Soup, may not have made it to the table this past weekend, but they’re definitely on the menu in the near future!

And don’t forget to enter my Tortilla Popchips giveaway!

Food for Thought

What recipes did you try for the first time over the weekend?

Weekender Top 5

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll know I am a recipe pinning machine! I’ve gotten around to making a few of the recipes, but definitely not as many as I would like. This weekend, I’m going to attempt to tackle 5 of my pinned recipes.

1. Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of Powercakes.

Powercakes Power Pumpkin Roll Chia Vanilla Frosting

Power Pumpkin Roll from Kasey of Powercakes

I’ve seen this recipe before but not given it any though. Now that pumpkin season is among us, I’ve seen so many people raving about it on twitter that I just have to try it! Not to mention, Nathan loves his pumpkin rolls, so if I can give him a healthy version of it, he’ll be in seventh heaven!

2. Cauliflower Crust Pizza; another tasty recipe from Kasey!

Powercakes Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza from Kasey of Powercakes

Cauliflower crust pizza is another recipe that I’ve heard rave reviews about but haven’t gotten around to trying it. I may even have to copy the egg on top. Looks amazing!

3. Autumn Vegetable Soup from Lori of Recipe Girl

Recipe Girl Autumn Vegetable Soup

Autumn Vegetable Soup from Lori of Recipe Girl

One of my favorite cool-weather soups is my Butternut Squash Soup and I imagine this will be just as tasty!

4. Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Coconut Bundt Cake Kathy Healthy Happy Life

Coconut Bundt Cake from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

I just can’t even. Look how delicious this looks! I was asked to bring dessert to a holiday family dinner on Monday and when I saw this recipe (and the following!) I knew I found some winners. Can’t wait to taste!

5. Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Kathy Healthy Happy Life

Vegan White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies from Kathy of Healthy Happy Life

Once again, these look absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into these tasty morsels!

I’m looking forward to checking in on Monday with my recipe successes!

And don’t forget to enter my popchips giveaway!

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Don’t forget to enter my popchips giveaway!

Food for Thought

What are your favorite recipes that you’ve pinned?