Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Resolution bars and shop update

 I am trying to get my family to eat cleaner these days.  It's always a good goal anyway but to be honest, four people in this house have a sweet tooth sometimes and I love being able to offer a little fudge-like treat after dinner or school that I know contains nothing but good ingredients.  Enter these Resolution bars.  (Basically, if you made any clean eating resolutions for new years, eating these bars won't break them. How's that for yummy?)
 I found a similar recipe but did further tweaking, changing a few of the original ingredients to give this a bit of a Sasha-twist.  Plus they are pretty much a one bowl (or pot) affair so you can't get much quicker and easier than that. Also. I hate raisins.  Yet I love them in this.  My children aren't big fans either but they haven't figured out that there are raisins in these, and eat them all the time.  I feel sneaky. 
Don't break your resolutions bars:
Dump the following into a medium saucepan: 
1 cup peanut butter (I use the chunky natural kind that contains no sugar.)
2/3 cup honey
1/2 to 3/4 cup cocoa.  (I have used both a 1/2 cup and accidentally dumped in 3/4 cup and both versions turned out fine so I suppose it comes down to preference.)
1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutions)
 * melt the above ingredients together until smooth and then stir in the following two ingredients until combined;
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats
*Spray a 9x13 pan lightly with nonstick spray and spread chocolatey mixture into it.  Allow to firm in the refrigerator before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.  Store in refrigerator.  Enjoy!


And in shameless plug/shop news... my goal is to open at Friday by about noon.  (I say the time because every now and then I get asked... but I can't promise that 100%... it's just the working goal. Ha!) Working to finish up many things today, and then to photograph and list before Friday!!  I can't wait.  Crossing my fingers that you love them!! Sadly, I was working on a darling dipped necklace design in sweet pinky coral and cream beads... and that listing is going to have to wait due to circumstances beyond my control.  Dangit.  They would have been so darling for Valentine's gifts too.  Double dangit. 

Happy Tuesday friends...what are you up to?



23 comments:

  1. Regardless of my eating goals (last year they were focused on Clean Eating, right now it's on Weight Watchers)... I have GOT to have something sweet on hand. Definitely anxious to try these bars!

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  2. Sasha, I've been trying to eat clean too and have been craving something sweet. This sounds like the answer. Yum. I hope that string of pennants in the background is a sneak peek at your shop goodies. They are fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Mary! Yes I will have a few of those oil cloth pennant banners listed soon! :)

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  3. The bars sound great. Quick question, if I don't have coconut oil, what other oil would work or does it work best with coconut oil?

    Thanks!

    Molly

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    1. I don't think any other oil would work to be honest. It's an extremely healthy oil that sets up firmly when away from heat, but retains a smooth creamy, non oily taste and texture. Sorry girl... (It's great to use for other things though... cracked lips, dry skin, sauteeing meats... stir frying veggies.. it's like a miracle oil and I have a friend who even removes her makeup with it!)

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  4. Hmmmm that necklace sounds interesting! Can't wait to see what's in the shop.

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  5. Funny I don't care for raisins either unless they are dipped in chocolaty goodness. From what I've seen on IG your new line will be a smash!
    Happy Tuesday!

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  6. Quick question- is that a 1/2 cup of coconut oil? I bet it is, I just wanted to be sure

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  7. Oh, these sound amazing! Do you think regular oats would work or do they have to be gluten free?

    Thank you for sharing. The sneak peak at your shop makes me excited to see what is coming. I bought your ranaculus (spelling??) pictures for my bedroom and they are lovely!

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    1. So happy to hear you love the prints! :)

      No it wouldn't have to be GF oats- we are just allergic so we have to use them b/c they are processed in wheat plans unless otherwise specified. Hope that helps!

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  8. YUM! I am most definitely trying these :) I cant stand raisins in ANY of my baked goods. Butt...I will do it for you :)
    If you dont hear from me in a while, its because I gagged on raisins when eating the bars.....lol
    Ok, I need clarification on the shoppe time. Is it 12pm YOUR time?! Remember I am a Cali girl, so I dont wanna be late to the party and miss out (which has happened :(.
    Cant wait to see all your new creations!! XOX

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  9. My resolution ended while in Costco today. Choc. macadamia nut clusters and dried coconut. Shoot!

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  10. I love the pennant banner...so cute! Such good taste you have. I've loved everything I have bought from your store. Good stuff!

    Regarding the bars, which look amazing, is it 1/2 c. coconut oil? The recipe just says 1/2 coconut oil. Thanks, Sasha!

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    1. yes so sorry!! It's a half cup! Sheesh I'm losing it. LOL

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  11. They look amazing except I hate don't like chocolate and raisins together. Maybe, I could just omit that ingredient or replace that with dried cherries.

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  12. I can see that some of the banner pieces are made from oilcloth. If I am correct, how did you glue the pieces together (if you even did so), so that the banner is reversible? I don't want to have to sew my oilcloth banner, but would rather adhere them together. Please let me know what would work for gluing oilcloth together. I live in Phoenix, where the banner will be out in extreme heat at times.
    Thanks Sasha!

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  13. I love the subtle changes you've made to your blog!! Very cute! But then again, everything you do is very cute <3 Those bars look delish, I'm not a fan of raisins either but I may trust ya on this one :)

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  14. I can't wait to try your bars. And check out your shop! :)
    Happy day to you!

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  15. i didn't even read this post...couldn't. trying not to scroll back up...moving on! work hard girl...work hard!

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  16. i hate raisin's too...except for oatmeal raisin cookies..i will eat one of those
    i love your blog work you have been doing--all your sweet little shop stuff..can't wait to see it open. i shared it in my post today too.
    just wanna give you a hug...happy middle of the week..xo

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  17. They look wonderful! Looking forward to shop pic's!
    Have a wonderful!

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  18. love all the work you've done in your shop and on your blog...
    you're always mixing things up a bit and the changes are always awesome. :)

    work hard, girl!!!

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