Monday, May 28, 2012

playing catch up...

once again, i've neglected the blog for weeks. today will be a 'catch up' post... i'll cram it with a recipe, a dude and a dog, and we'll see what else :)

k, first the recipe!
i got this recipe from one of my fave recipe blogs! the girl who writes this blog is a holistic nutritionist. not only does she give you cool recipes, she'll explain why some of the ingredients are beneficial to our health. i love it. i love her. i love the recipes.
this recipe is delish! it doesn't taste like hippy-hemp-tree hugger-granola bars. the bars aren't crunchy like you'd expect, they're soft and chewy. it totally tastes like banana nut bread. they're amazing.
pic from 'my new roots' blog

Hemp Protein Granola Bars
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (or any other nut)
1 cup dates, chopped (or any other dried fruit)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup hemp protein powder
1/4 cup sesame seeds (i didn't have sesame, so i used flax seeds- just cause i had them ;)
2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt 
3 ripe bananas
1/4 cup sunflower oil (or coconut, olive, walnut…)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
6 Tbsp. water

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a small bowl, mix the chia seeds and water together. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients.
4. In a food processor or blender, mix bananas, oil, vanilla, and maple syrup (you can also just mash everything together with a fork). Add chia gel and pulse to mix. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. 
5. Spread the batter evenly into a baking pan (mine was 9" x 13"), and smooth out the top with the back of a spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Let cool completely, store in airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for longer shelf life. You can also freeze these – take one out half an hour before you want a perfect snack!

k, now onto the next thing:
it's been ages since i've done a dudes and dogs post. AGES! i need to jump back on that.
for now, enjoy these few of pics of hugh jackman with his adorable frenchie pup...

he should live somewhere warmer so he doesn't have to wear all these layers. just sayin'... hugh, we know you've got an amazing bod under there, and it's cruel to the universe to cover it up! ;)

and what blog post of mine is complete without mentioning my fave guy on the planet?!
here's jared leto hanging in new york with his friend darren aronofsky (i wish that was my name. darren aronofsky. it rolls right off the tongue. it almost sounds like 1 long, cool word. anyway, darren is a writer, director, producer for films like 'requiem for a dream', 'the wrestler' and most recently 'black swan')
ugh! seriously. this pic does things to me. when jared dresses "normal" (which everyone knows is VERY rare) it drives me crazy, not in a bad way. he's just a normal looking dude in a baseball hat, and his beauty kills me.

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