I’ve been told that people can hear my voice when they read the blog. Which is funny because when I look for it, I have no idea where it is. Or what it is, for that matter. I’ve been trying to find it for years in the hopes that one day, my voice will just magically appear and every time I sit down to write, words- beautiful, funny, charming ones- will pour out of my fingertips. But that is not how real life works.
I look to others- friends, bloggers, publications- for inspiration. It’s a bit unfair, really, because I seem to have a roster of incredibly clever and witty friends. My friends Rachel and Margaret– both so clever and eloquent- each started blogs a while back and even though they haven’t updated in ages, I still like to visit their sites. My boyfriend’s mom, Sheena, is by profession a writer and is so good at what she does. As for other bloggers, Laura from The First Mess, Ashlae from Oh, Ladycakes, Sarah from My New Roots, and Joanna from A Cup Of Jo (and SO many others!) come to mind. They’re so fun to read.
At the end of the day, I know that “my voice” can only come from one place: me. I just need to be patient and take the time to listen to what needs, or wants, to be said. No forcing it.
This week in food and sustainability:
- Eric Schlosser on the People Behind Our Food via Civil Eats
- In ‘Just Eat It’, Filmmakers Feast For 6 Months On Discarded Food via NPR’s The Salt
- A Better Way for Our Food System via the Union of Concerned Scientists
- Dawn of the Frankenfish via The Economist
- How The Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution via Nautilus
Today I have for you some vegan no bake granola bars and a GIVEAWAY! Sonali from The Foodie Physician just published the Natural Pregnancy Cookbook and very kindly sent me a copy so I could try some recipes and host this fun giveaway for you. Sonali is a mom, physician, and graduate of culinary school and blogs over at The Foodie Physician. Talk about superwoman, right?
Now, I’m not pregnant nor do I plan on having a bunch of little babes running around here any time soon, but the cookbook is filled with sound nutritional advice and recipes that are, mostly, quick and easy to make. There are several vegetarian recipes that are adaptable for a vegan diet, but a lot of the mains are meat and seafood dishes. Totally fine if you are an omnivore, but thought I would include that for my vegetarian and vegan friends out there :)
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post with your favourite granola bar flavour combination!
When it came time to pick a recipe to share on the blog, I went for something snack-y because a.) I’m a snack monster who is always looking for a mid-day treat and b.) these are wonderfully easy and took me just five minutes of prep (!!!) before they went into the fridge to set. These vegan no bake granola bars were originally cherry and chocolate bars, but I decided to go the more festive route with dried cranberries. I also swapped out puffed rice for puffed millet and brown sugar for coconut sugar, since those are the ingredients I had in my pantry. They were super yummy and I’ve made myself put them away so I don’t eat the entire tray!
VEGAN NO BAKE GRANOLA BARS
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup puffed millet
- 1/4 cup sliced/chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- Line a 8×8 inch pan.
- In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (except the salt) together. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla together. Add the salt, whisk, and pour the liquid into the bowl to cover the granola mixture evenly.
- Transfer the granola mixture into the lined pan and press to firmly pack in the mixture. Place in the fridge and refrigerate for two hours. When the bars are ready, remove them from the pan and slice with a sharp knife. Store them in the fridge.
Your edible plant enthusiast,
PS. Enter to win a copy of the Natural Pregnancy Cookbook simply by leaving a comment on this post with your favourite granola bar flavour combination!