OK OK, yes I know it’s actually Monday. I am writing this in response to Reduce Footprints Change the Word Wednesday (CTWW) challenge from last week. Here is the challenge:
This week, make your coffee or tea at home. Getting coffee/tea out every day not only costs a lot but also generates a lot of waste. Make it at home instead. And don’t forget … both coffee grounds and tea leaves are great in the compost bin.
If you don’t drink these beverages or always drink them at home, choose one other food or beverage, which you typically buy at either a restaurant or grocery store, and make it yourself at home. And, of course, we’d like to hear all about it!
I almost always make my coffee/tea at home, so does my husband. We compost the grounds and tea leaves. We use one of those “gold” reusable filters. I even buy loose tea and fill reusable tea bags. However, we get coffee out every Sunday morning. We don’t use reusable mugs. Bad, I know. I will work on this one.
It does somehow taste so much better when they make it. It must be their machines. If you do get coffee/tea out a lot, try to reduce the impact on the environment and your wallet. Instead of committing to making your own at home ALL the time, reduce slowly over time. Start with once a week. Or bring your own mug. Many places, like Starbucks, will give you a discount for bringing your mug.
I have actually already been working on the second part of this challenge. Granola bars are our downfall! We buy these by the case. It kills me. I know they are not good for you, even though I try to buy the healthiest ones I can. And the packaging waste! Again, we upcycle the wrappers, but still. Reduce is the best option.
HOMEMADE GRANOLA BARS
I started playing with recipes last week. I have a couple that are very promising.
Chewy Granola Bars – I found this one on allrecipes.com. Here is my version:
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cup brown rice crips (these can be difficult to find, regular rice krispies could be used as well)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup chopped raisins
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×13 inch pan.
- In a large mixing bowl combine oats, flours, baking soda,vanilla, butter, applesauce, and honey. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
- Lightly press the mixture into the pan. Bake at 325 for 18 to 22 mins. or until golden brown.
- Let cool for 10 mins, then cut into bars. Let them cool completely before removing from pan.
These are pretty good. They are a little more cookie-like in texture. But I like that they didn’t have as much sugar (the recipe actually called for honey) or butter as other recipes I saw. They are crumbly though. Need to work on that. You can add any mixture of dried fruits, nuts, or chocolate for the last 3 ingredients.
There is another recipe for granola bars that have peanut butter. They are promising, but need to be tweaked as is. They were way too sweet even though I didn’t even add the chocolate chips. I love the peanut butter and the texture.
This post has been submitted as part of Frugal Days,Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable.com and Snacktime Saturdays.
Have any recipes to share?