Almond & Oat Granola Bars

“RESPECT YOUR BODY.  EAT WELL.  DANCE FOREVER.”  Eliza Gaynor Minden

Almond & Oat Granola Bars | From My Sweet Heart

Let’s talk granola bars.

Crunchy or chewy?

I love all kinds, but for me, I prefer chewy. Granola bars are such a perfect, quick, compact, portable snack .  And I eat them pretty regularly.  There may be some decent store bought brands out there, but there is nothing like home made.  These are hands down, THE BEST, soft, chewy granola bars I have ever tasted!

So good, they were featured as a Delicious Link on theKitchn!

In fact, they are so easy to make, I’m inspired to develop other flavor combinations and make them on a weekly basis!

The problem is, once I’ve created something I love, it’s hard for me to change it up!  These are made with a flavorful combination of oats, almond meal, cranberries, apricots, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, dark chocolate chips, and wild berry honey.  But there is one more very special ingredient. [Read more...]

Chocolate, Oatmeal & Pecan Scones

IF YOU’RE AFRAID OF BUTTER, USE CREAM.”  Julia Child

Chocolate, Oatmeal & Pecan Scones | From My Sweet Heart

I’m not afraid of butter or cream!  Which is a good thing since both ingredients are found in these light, chocolatey scones!

I belong to a group of bloggers who love to celebrate chocolate.  Roxana, of Roxana’s Home Baking is the founder of The Chocolate Party.  Once a month, Roxana gives us an ingredient to pair with chocolate and we get to do our thing with it.  This month’s ingredient was pecans!

I am a huge fan of scones.  I love them in all sizes, shapes and flavors.  They are such a sweet, crumbly treat.  These are made with chocolate, oatmeal and pecans.  And yes…..butter and cream!   Indulge yourself.  After all, you deserve it! [Read more...]

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies

Time for Baked Sunday Mornings!  Only today, it’s a No Bake Sunday Morning!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

Do you have any quirky things about food, what kind of food you like, or how you will eat it?  For instance, I LOVE peanut butter!  And I like peanuts!  But I hate chunky peanut butter!  What?!?  Weird, I know!  But that’s me!  I am really not a huge fan of ‘no-bake’ sweets, unless we are talking about ice cream.  So I can’t even say I am familiar with the classic form of a peanut butter no bake cookie.  But the ingredients for this one intrigued me.  Crunchy peanut butter and cocoa and oatmeal all mixed up with milk and sugar and butter!  How did I work around that pesky crunchy peanut butter? . . . . . [Read more...]

Pluot & Bacon Crumble

“A PERFECT SUMMER DAY IS WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING, THE BREEZE IS BLOWING, THE BIRDS ARE SINGING, AND THE LAWNMOWER IS BROKEN.”  James Dent

Pluot & Bacon Crumble | From My Sweet Heart

Ok now.  Please don’t start throwing tomatoes at the screen but. . . . .I’m ready for fall!  Maybe if I could catch a breeze in this heat or my lawn mower WERE broken, I would feel otherwise.  And I am just craving something sweet and chocolately, but I feel guilty if I don’t continue to work with summer fruits!  Fortunately, I found a new summer obsession.  PLUOTS!  As if crumbles, crisps, and cobblers were not confusing enough, right?  Now we’ve got plums, pluots and plumcots!  Well don’t despair.  If you like plums but sometimes find them hard and lacking in sweetness; then you will LOVE . . . . . [Read more...]

Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

“SHARE OUR SIMILARITIES; CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES.”  M. Scott Peck

Cherry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies | From My Sweet Heart

I was so thrilled to participate in THE GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP 2011!  First of all, I have to give a huge thank you to Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay at Love And Olive Oil for all of their efforts and hard work in making this happen.  I can’t imagine what it took to pull off something of this magnitude.  But I only hope it was as much fun for them as it was for us!  I’m so happy to have been introduced to some fabulous new blogs and some really great people!  I can’t wait till next year!  If you are interested in participating next year, you can sign up here.

It was equally exciting to visit the blogs of those I would be sending cookies to; and then again those that I received cookies from!  Everyone writes with a different voice and style, but we are all brought together by our love for cookies!  And now I have 6 more sources of inspiration!

I chose to make a chewy, cherry and white chocolate chunk oatmeal cookie.  It is one of my favorites (it’s hard for me to resist any recipe that calls for a tablespoon of vanilla in it!).  And my lighting wasn’t ideal so my cherries look more like raisins (which I love…but not in cookies!).  So I took a close up. . . . . [Read more...]

Wild Blueberry Oatmeal in Warm Maple Cream

“YOU HAVE TO EAT OATMEAL OR YOU’LL DRY UP.  ANYBODY KNOWS THAT.”  Kay Thompson, author of ‘Eloise’.

Wild Blueberry Oatmeal in Warm Maple Cream | From My Sweet Heart

Growing up in New England, and especially in the winters, my dad would very often make me oatmeal for breakfast.  To some, this may have seemed like the dreaded, dreary breakfast.  I think oatmeal has a bad rap of being a sticky, clumpy, heavy gruel.  But I have always loved it! Dad always served it with milk and maple syrup.  And I remember secretly wishing that he would be distracted while making it, because I was sure to find a lump or two in my bowl.  And I loved finding the sweet, unexpected texture of those lumps!

I still love oatmeal and eat it all year round.  And who says oatmeal can’t be sophisticated?!  So I’ve tried to elevate it a little bit from it’s rustic form; while still giving a wink and a nod to my dad, who I miss with all my heart.  A friend gave me this recipe some time ago telling me how she tweaked it from when it was given to her.  And I did my own tweaking to get it to my personal liking.  Here are the basics, but I hope you will feel free to tweak away……. [Read more...]

A Legendary Chocolate Chip Cookie

“A BALANCED DIET IS A COOKIE IN EACH HAND.”  Author Unknown

A Legendary Chocolate Chip Cookie | From My Sweet Heart

This Neiman Marcus cookie never really existed.  But this is how the legend goes.  A woman and her daughter had lunch at the cafe in a Neiman Marcus in Dallas.  After enjoying this cookie for dessert, she asked the waitress for the recipe.  The waitress informed her that the recipe could be sold to her for ‘two fifty’.  The woman agreed to purchase it.  When she got her bill later that month, she realized the the recipe she believed she was purchasing for $2.50, actually cost her $250.00!  She was so enraged when the store would not refund her money, that she decided to email the recipe to all her friends, encouraging them to pass it along also.  Apparently, Neiman Marcus did not feature a cafe in any of their Dallas stores, nor did they sell chocolate chip cookies at the time.  But since, [Read more...]