I used to be a neat freak. A bit of an obsessive compulsive, reorganize the pantry daily, the yogurt goes on the refrigerator door – not the top shelf type of neat freak. Cookbooks were in size order, pots were fitted with their lids and methodically placed in a cabinet. I’m not saying that being neat is a bad thing; it’s not. Leaving the house unhygienic is dangerous for many reasons; a build-up of bacteria, more of a likelihood of slipping over something dropped and left on the floor, and having to call out pest control services like https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/local/utah/ due to a pest infestation. I had just taken it to another level.
If you dropped by for a surprise visit, I’d show you around and offer you a drink. But then this blog happened and neat went right out the window. I’ve been creating and re-creating. I’ve been tasting and testing. I’ve been reading and writing and re-writing and re-tasting. And neat just doesn’t fit in with any of that. So I’m begging you, or maybe I’m warning you, no surprise drop-ins. Please.
It’s not that I wouldn’t love your company, it’s that if you come over unannounced you’ll have to excuse the tissue paper “curtains” I have taped up to the windows to filter the sunlight for photos. You’ll have to promise not to sue when you trip over cookbooks and magazines strewn across the floor. And you’ll have to pretend not to notice the sink full of dishes or the peanut butter in my hair.
Or maybe, if you come over unannounced, I’ll give you
one of these granola bars and you won’t care about anything else. You’ll understand that the stacks of dirty dishes were a necessary part of the monkey bar test kitchen. You’ll understand that the peanut butter in my hair is actually a peanut butter, honey, banana mixture and you’ll contemplate licking my ponytail.
These granola bars are wonderfully adaptable. My version includes flax meal and oat bran for some healthy bonus points. They’re chewy with a bit of crunch from the roasted peanuts. Peanut
butter, honey and banana are melted and mixed to hold these bars together. I dare you not to eat a spoonful. The bars are hearty, healthy and dense. Perfect for a quick out-the-door snack or on-the-road breakfast. And while you’re out and about, come on over. I have a sink full of dishes that needs your attention.
Monkey Bars (makes 8-12, depending on desired size) Ingredients: 2 cups oats 1/2 cup roasted peanuts 1/4 cup flax meal 1/4 cup oat bran 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used unsweetened natural) 1/4 cup honey 1 large banana, very ripe and mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chocolate chips Directions:
Posted on March 24, 2011