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Easy Homemade Granola Bars

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

I was looking for something quick and easy to take to church for our Sunday school class over the weekend, and decided to try homemade granola bars, after seeing some easy recipes floating around Pinterest.  I adapted this one for our tastes and to give it more of a protein punch.  The boys were happy that I had a few leftovers to bring home for them to devour! I’m looking forward to making another batch for quick breakfast snacks and to send in lunches!

I didn’t expect them to be so simple and delicious to make homemade! 


What You’ll Need for Homemade Granola Bars:

  • 3 cups of Quick Oats
  • A 14oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 T of Melted Butter
  • 1/3 cup of Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup of Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup of Peanut Butter Chips

(The last four ingredients you can switch up/omit/add what you’d like!)

How to Make Homemade Granola Bars:

1. Preheat the Oven to 350 Degrees.

2. Grease Baking Sheet with Butter or Cooking Spray.

3. Mix Together Oats, Milk, Butter, Flax, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips.

4. Spread Evenly in the Baking Sheet with Wet Hands.

5. Bake 15-20 Minutes.

6. Remove from Oven and Cut Into Granola Bars With a Plastic Knife While Still Warm.

7. Eat Immediately or Store to Enjoy for Breakfast or Snacks!

What’s your favorite on-the-go breakfast recipe? 


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Essential Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin is my favorite taste of fall.  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin butter, my mom’s pumpkin pie (or Costco’s if I’m in a rush – it’s amazing and HUGE), pumpkin rolls, even those gummy pumpkins! =)

Pumpkin Bread is one of my absolute favorites, and I like making a big batch so we can enjoy it most of the week and have some to share.

This is my go-to recipe for Pumpkin Bread.  It has turned out great every time I’m made it.  This time I changed it up a little bit to use some of my essential oils that I had on hand instead of a couple of my spices.  The result was even better – as it seemed to blend better through the batch and had more of that pure seasonal yummy flavor!

As my fellow-oiler pharmasist friend says, “If you can cook/bake with oils, why wouldn’t you?”  You get a pure undiluted form of the plant and the power of antioxidants and other potential benefits!

Search cinnamon essential oil on and you will be AMAZED at the studies and research you’ll find.  {200+ articles from the US National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health} I told you essential oils are the real deal!  

So anyway, you can make this recipe with or without essential oils, but I’ll be using mine in this recipe from here out!  

{This recipe makes 3 loaves, so feel free to reduce it for a smaller batch.}

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How about you?  What’s your FAVORITE way to cook with pumpkin?  What’s your FAVORITE way to bake with essential oils?  



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Healthy Homemade Lemon Hummus


Welcome to the second stop on the second day of the Essentially Summer Recipe Tour! If you are coming over from The Pennington Point, welcome! Lisa is sharing a delicious recipe for guacamole using Lime essential oil. You should definitely check it out! I hadn’t really considered making homemade hummus. Little did I know what I was missing in flavor and freshness!  And you can control your ingredients by taste preference, know what your eating, and make the portion size to your liking.  Well worth the trade for the convenience of the grocery store container hummus! Plus this recipe is simple enough to pull off in 15 minutes or less!  hummus-recipe-ingredients One bit of advice that I followed that I think made a difference in texture and flavor of this recipe was to peel the skin from the garbonzo beans before blending it in the food processor or blender.  It comes off easily with a little pinch. My boys would have had a blast with this part if they would have been home. It was a tad tedious, but part of me enjoyed freeing these little beans from their skin. Kind of like taking off your jean shorts that are 1 size too small from last summer at the end of the day.  {Just a random illustration, not from experience or anything. Ahem.}  easy-hummus-recipe-lemon-homemade See how happy they are?  Freedom! So we all know hummus is super nutritious, but you want to know what takes this recipe to another healthy level?  It’s made with Lemon Essential Oil from Young Living. {Stop.  Don’t even think about ingesting that oil you got at the health food store.  You don’t know what’s in there.  Don’t. Just don’t. – Young Living Essential Oils are the only oils that are safe and approved to ingest.} So while you are dipping your yummy fresh veggies and pita chips in this yummy hummus dip, you can also benefit from the amazing properties of the Lemon Oil.  (This oil is 1 of the 11 oils that come in the Premium Starter Kit.)


Here’s all you need to know about making this easy homemade hummus dip! 

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Next up on the tour is Jennifer from Sweet Makes Three who’s sharing her recipe for Easy Blender Salsa using more awesome Young Living citrus oils!

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