Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sundays in the Kitchen

I love Sundays in the kitchen.  It is my day to create magick.  I made the commitment to myself 3 weeks ago that Sundays would be devoted to cooking, baking, fermenting, soaking, and prepping along with the usual household chores like cleaning and laundry.  It is my day to re-connect to my home and my inner witch, releasing myself from the busyness of the week, letting go of technology for a day, and planning my upcoming week.

Today's magickal creations include a loaf of Pamela's wheat-free gluten-free bread mix that I poured into the bread machine early this morning.  It wasn't long before the smell of freshly baked bread began wafting through the house.  Such a delicious smell.  I have found that I feel much better when I don't eat gluten containing products.  So I've been experimenting with different grains and flour mixes.  Pamela's is getting top ratings right now in my kitchen!

To add to that delicious bread smell, I also baked some Pamela's wheat-free gluten-free brownies!  OMG!  They are certainly heavenly!  To kick the brownies up a notch, I added a little espresso powder.  Oh yeah, baby!

And since I love to create something that my girls can take for their lunches during the week, I made some Chewy Snack Bars.  I'm including the recipe because they are so yummy and so versatile.  The ingredients can be changed to make many variations, which is great!

Nutty Snack Bars by Jen Allbritton

1 cup of nut butter (almond, peanut butter, cashew, etc.)
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup almonds chopped into large or small pieces
1 cup dried shredded coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup chocolate chips and/or dried fruit

Mix everything together and press into a baking dish.  You can leave this recipe raw and place it into the refrigerator as is or allow the flavors to meld and the chips to melt by baking it for approximately 20 minutes at 350*F.

Here is the one I made today!  Yummo!

What is awesome about this recipe is that you can use any kinds of nuts and dried fruits imaginable! My girls like a combo of cranberries, pomegranate seeds, bluberries and cherries. 

So who knows what I'll come up with for next Sunday, but I look forward to it all week!  In the meantime, find that inner kitchen witch inside you and cook up something delicious!


  1. loving that you're doing this. i smell success. on many levels, in many flavors!
    way to rock it witch!

  2. Ooooo....those bars look fabulous!

    And I love your blog background! The stuff on the right is a little hard to read, but those fresh veggies make me excited for supper! :)

  3. Love your blog honey! I can't wait to make these snack bars. They sound delicious. Thank you for sharing :)