Pooh’s Healthy Hunny Smackerals

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
-Winnie the Pooh

It’s been a happy little week here in

Smidge’s Hundred Acre Wood


I won a draw!
a subscription to Bon Appetit
so I’m sending my ♥-felt thanks to
Sarah
I can’t wait to start browsing magazines for new techniques and recipes!
If you haven’t met
Sarah at Sarah’s Place
you should!
A self-taught chef, she loves to create gourmet dishes,
she knits, is an interior decorator and loves to travel..
Amazing… so much talent in one sweet person!!

Another food blogger gave me a “shout-out” this week..
affectionately known by many of us as
c…
Cecelia runs an organic micro farm filled with farm animals
Queenie, Hairy McLairy, TonTon and Daisy are but a few…
many an escapade takes place there and
her talented posts are filled with gorgeous photos of a quiet life many of us long for.
You can find her at
thekitchensgarden
If you go visit her, make sure you come back for these… 


Have you met Bobbie?
She’s an awesome food writer with a kitchenful of teenagers!
She’s ended up in Asia…
and sends us all on imaginary travels
with her internationally flavored exotic dishes
Her website is
Bam’s Kitchen
(love that name!)
Be sure to stop in and say hi!

But don’t forget to come back here for these…

I’ve been on a mad search for “the perfect granola bar” and I can’t tell you how elated I was to find this lovely recipe called Totally Nuts for My Honey on Bam’s website.. and her cute little healthy snacks were shaped like ♥s!

I couldn’t wait to pick up a few ingredients and get back into my kitchen so I could begin experimenting. You see, a great recipe is one that has “good bones” (just like a house) it tastes great as it is, but you can also change it up… and it still turns out!!

Bam’s years of work in cardiology meant she knew that February is Heart Month. Her recipe is full of protein and fiber and many of my favorite ingredients… all I had to do was throw open the door to my pantry and toss in a few extra handfuls from my stash of
good-for-you stuff.

I had my heart-shaped silpat baking cups from Valentine’s Day and I have to say, they worked out so much better than my regular baking pan. The granola bars popped out easily and stayed together in one piece. This recipe made 24 cups plus an additional 9×9 baking pan. I really wish that I had waited and baked everything in the cups because (no matter how I tried) I never seem to be able to cut the squares out of the pan without crumbling them all.

No problem, they’ll just get used up with my morning’s yogurt.

And.. I finally discovered the secret ingredient that helps granola bars to “stick together”:  
a little smackeral of honey is all you need!

“Smidge,” said Bam kindly, “you haven’t any brain.”
“I know,” said “Smidge humbly.”

I was fairly detailed in the description of ingredients here, because they are my  favorites. Please know that you can substitute all of these for your own brands that you have on hand… I guarantee they will taste fabulous!

Pooh’s Healthy Hunny Smackerals
(adapted from “Totally Nuts for Honey” in Bam’s Kitchen)

Pooh’s Healthy Hunny Smackerals
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
  • 4 cups wild oats (or organic)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 hemp hearts, Skinny B or Chia Seeds
  • 3 tsp cinnamon (Vietnamese Saigon Cassia)
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup organic Antioxident Fusion Mix (Made in Nature) (or any combination of dried blueberries, cherries & cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Wet Ingredients
  • 1 cup organic, almond butter (smooth)
  • 1/4 cup Virgin organic coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup organic raw blue agave nectar (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup all natural honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 9×9 baking dish and 24 individual silpat baking cups or muffin tins, lightly spray or buttered
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, coconut, hemp hearts (chia), cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Using your hands, mix to blend everything together.
  3. Add the dried fruit, blend together with your hands.
  4. Add the chopped nuts and seeds, blend together by hand.
  5. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend all of the wet ingredients together.
  6. Pour wet ingredients over the dry, using a non-stick spatula, stir to blend thoroughly.
  7. Scoop the mixture into your prepared pans or cups/tins. *Test bake one cup to see if the granola bars stick together. If they don’t warm and stir in a little more melted honey. Wet your hands slightly then press the mixture down firmly.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly browned and set.
  9. Let cool, then slice into squares or remove from cups/tins to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  10. Store in a sealed plastic container, separated with parchment paper.

“When having a smackerel of something with a friend, don’t eat so much that you get stuck in the doorway trying to get out.”

 

  • In many ways fascinated me, this is so beautiful post… But always so beautiful and how I love to visit and to watch them… These hearts seem so lovely… Especially the decoration is amazing. But of course your eye of camera talks too. Thank you dear Barbara, and congratulations for all these beautiful happenings… With my love, niaReplyCancel

    • Good morning, nia… Or is it later in the day for you? I love your photography as well, it’s fun to go to each other’s blogs and see the experimentation in photography, isn’t it? Have a wonderful day!! Xo Smidge

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      • Good Morning to you dear Barbara, it is afternoon in here… I love you and your beautiful blog… Blessing and Happiness, with my love, niaReplyCancel

  • What a lovely post! Congratulations on winning a subscription! I look forward to your creations.
    :-) MandyReplyCancel

  • I have to try these, they look amazing. I just need to get a few more ingredients. This is the second recipe I’ve read to day with coconut oil as an ingredient!! Rhoda :O)ReplyCancel

    • Food trends are like that, aren’t they? One minute they’re brand new ideas and the next they pop up everywhere:)ReplyCancel

  • Well done on winning such a fab prize! I used to subscribe to BBC Good Food but eventually my house became a library of miscellaneous magazines so I gave up the subscription. Now I just buy it when there are recipes that look unusual and interesting.ReplyCancel

    • Isn’t it fab?? I think I will collect these ones because recipes never get too dated. I have a House and Home one (interior decorating) and I finally recycled a huge stack… it’s tough to get rid of them!ReplyCancel

  • Loved the “smackeral” – now, would you believe that I read this post early in the morning at first, and thought they were some type of nut bars made with “mackerel” – my heart missed several bits, but NOT for good reasons ;-)

    wonderful post, I’ve never made granola type bars, but it’s one of the projects I have in mind. Will save your recipe for sure…ReplyCancel

    • Hilarious, Sally, I never though of that, but of course “smackeral” to “mackerel” is not too big a leap!!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats on the subscription- what a lovely prize! And loved these “smackerals” . Pooh was indeed a wise little bear!ReplyCancel

  • Oh, how can these not be fantastic? I LOVE Pooh, I HAVE those silicone hearts (plus more shapes, too), I LOVE granola, and I MUST make these. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Wow – what a gorgeous blog! Your photos are sublime.ReplyCancel

  • Love the title :D. These look really good Smidge – oats photograph SO well.ReplyCancel

    • Some foods are so easy to photograph, eh? Others.. not so much. Like tortilla chips?! What’s with those?? It didn’t matter what angle or level of light I used, changed up the dishes… still bleh!!ReplyCancel

  • These definitely do look lip-smackerally good…love the heart shapes!ReplyCancel

  • I will try this one! I love granola bars….ReplyCancel

    • They’ve become somewhat “addictive” so I’ve frozen a bunch:) That’s my other form of “self control”!ReplyCancel

  • You create such beautiful posts, Smidge, and, as if that’s not enough, the recipes you share are always top notch! It really is a delight to drop in and see what you’ve prepared for us and today’s blog entry is certainly no exception. These granola hearts look delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks so much, John… it’s always a treat to have you come by because you do always say the nicest of things:)ReplyCancel

  • I’ve thought about trying silicone cupcake liners–maybe I’d better put them on my actual shopping list, eh! Another pretty, charming, inviting, engaging, beautiful, delicious, Smidge-ful post. :DReplyCancel

    • I’ve begun thinking I bet there are all kinds of shapes out there? Might have to find a few new ones:)ReplyCancel

  • I love your posts… beautiful photography… so many wonderful recipes and you share with your heart the beauty of all (I have seen so many lovely blogs through your eyes!) Thank you….RaeDiReplyCancel

  • These look so delicious, healthy and wholesome! What a wonderful snack for kids and adults alike. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Don’t you just love Winnie the Pooh! I still love to read those books. And the illustrations were just completely perfect. I love your little heart patty cases. I haven’t seen those in Sydney. That’s a great way to bake your granola bars. I’ll just go and check out those blogs you mentioned. xxReplyCancel

    • You are so right!! I was thinking as I wrote this, that I would love to have an antique set of his books… It would be such a keep-sake and so calming to read again:) xo smidgeReplyCancel

  • What a great post – Smidge!
    I especially like how you mentioned all these wonderful bloggers…when I have more time I will be sure to visit them.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVED this recipe on BAM’s kitchen blog. I think you did a great job with it.. and I love those cute heart shaped baking dishes. Love those. And congrats on winning your subscription :)ReplyCancel

    • It’s fun… we’ve got quite a group here with so many friends in common.. I was sure many would remember Bam’s great recipe:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Oh Smidge! Thank you so much for sharing this. They look incredible. I just love the silpat hearts you made them in. This recipe reads like a list of my favorite ingredients (especially that cinnamon, I just love it). I literally can’t wait to make these, I just need to get some more coconut oil….

    I will definitely go check out Bam’s Kitchen too. Thank you for the tips on the blogs to visit!

    And thank you for the mention too, that’s so nice of you! It’ll be fun to see what you make from Bon Appetit….no pressure though ;) I just hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    Have a wonderful evening dear!
    xoxoReplyCancel

    • Haha, no pressure… you’re a tough Bon Appetit act to follow, Sarah, but it will be so much fun trying!! And I know I will enjoy it!! xoxo SmidgeReplyCancel

  • Oh hunny, those smack of sheer heart-warming deliciousness! My goodness, you’re good!!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Miss A would absolutely love these! And I’m on a serious granola kick lately too. :) Perfect timing. Congrats on the awards and recognition. It’s well-deserved.ReplyCancel

    • It’s so easy to switch around ingredients to suit what’s in your pantry too. I love granola.. have it almost every morning:)ReplyCancel

  • These look like a great healty treat! (And I love the Pooh quotes, too!) Congrats on your win and awards. :)ReplyCancel

  • Dear Smidge, thanks for the mention. Very sweet of you. I just love these granola treats as you could make them literally hundreds of different ways just using different yummy “Pooh Friendly” ingredients. Hope your day is grand. Take Care, BAMReplyCancel

    • I know we already have so many friends in common, but I think “c” had the best idea to do shout outs for our favorites now and then.. it’s great to introduce new people to our friends:) I love your blog! xo SmidgeReplyCancel

  • Congratulations on the draw win! These look like delicious Hunny hearts! :)ReplyCancel

  • Delicious honey treats, and congrats on the shoutouts!ReplyCancel

    • Thanks so much:) I will be doing this more often.. I think it’s fun to share friend’s blogs with new people joining us all the time!ReplyCancel

  • yum. These look and sound absolutely amazing! You are quite the food and photography genius!ReplyCancel

  • Oooh this is definitely one of those “need to go out and buy these ingredients immediately to make.” So good and love that they’re vegan!ReplyCancel

  • I think you could many anything dreamy and delicious!! I know I’ve told you before, I so enjoy coming here, your posts are so sweet and comforting!! These little granola hearts are adorable! Love all your pics and poems!! I’ll be making these very soon!!ReplyCancel

  • You and Bam are my go-to girls for yummy smackerels, and fab foodography! Now I will finally open a never used silicone pan that makes heart, rose, daisy, and butterfly shapes and make gorgeous granola. This will be a perfect maiden voyage in baking with them! Thank you both!ReplyCancel

  • cool, so much goodness in a Smackerals, what a treat! thanks for sharing. =)ReplyCancel

  • I have seen these lovelies on both of your blogs and if these beautiful hearts don’t talk me into making them soon, I don’t know what will. They look delish and so good for you!ReplyCancel

  • I love these heart-shaped baking cups and what a wonderful creation again, Smidgen!ReplyCancel

  • Since these are poóh’s I am even more drawn to them :D
    What wonderful treats you have on this beautiful blog – just signed up and would do it again and again!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip UruReplyCancel

  • I don’t eat granola bars, but I have been experimenting with homemade granola — might borrow some ideas from you and BAM. The pink heart molds are too-too.ReplyCancel

  • What a deliciously healthy and gorgeous-looking treat ! I am looking for good things to snack on and I will definitely be trying this recipe out.ReplyCancel

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