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SlowMoneyFarm 8 Week Challenge – Homemade Snacks

August 13, 2012

Many talk of wanting to go to simplicity and cut out processed foods. There is an increased focus on making things from scratch, but what to do when it comes snack time?

Never fear – solutions are here! For an obvious easy snack – fruit. Oranges, apples, berries all benefit health, are in their own “grab and go container” and just a few choices.

Here are seven additional ideas – one for each day of the week!

Roasted Rosemary & Walnuts is easy and tasty. Both are items we’re striving to produce because of health benefits – did you know walnuts can help with adding positive oils to the diet? This is a great way to have walnuts as a snack.

Sweet Potato Chips offer another “healthy” alternative to a common snack. They’re easy to make in your own kitchen, and you know for sure what is in them!

Popcorn offers fiber and a low calorie treat. There are many bagged ready to eat varieties that may or may not be the best choice, but home popped popcorn can be done with dozens of variations! Just one – make 6 quarts popped popcorn. Combine 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 teaspoons garlic salt, 2 teaspoon paprika and 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning. Sprinkle over popped popcorn. Take a look at these and never get bored with popcorn again, whether spicy or sweet is your craving.

Blueberry Nut Drops

2 cups flower

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sift above together, stir in 3/4 cup blueberries. In separate mixing bowl cream 1/2 cup margarine and 1 cup sugar together, beat in one egg and add a teaspoon of vanilla. Add the flour-berry mixture alternately with a total of 1/4 cup milk until well blended. Fold in 1/4 cup chopped walnuts. Crop by heaping teaspoonsful onto greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart, and bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until light brown and firm.

Oatmeal cookies
1 cup each shortening and white sugar

1 1/2 cup flour

3 cups uncooked oatmeal

1 cup pecans

1 cup brown sugar

2 beaten eggs

1 teaspoon each baking soda and salt

Mix all together well, roll in rolls in waxed paper, chill until firm. Slice thin and bake 10 minutes at 350*. These were slice and bake cookies long before wrapped cookie dough was in the store!

Health Muffins

2 cups each quick oats, all bran, crushed shredded wheat

1 cup shortening’2 cups sugar

4 beaten eggs

1 quart buttermilk

1 teaspoons baking soda

5 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine 3 cereals, pour 2 cups boiling water over and toss lightly until all is wet. Mix all other ingredients and add to cereal mixture, stirring just until mixed. Bake 18-20 minutes in 400* oven. Makes up to 6 dozen muffins – wrap and freeze some for microwave reheat breakfast.

So Good Cookies

2/3 cup each shortening and honey

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 eggs

2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

3 cups oatmeal

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup chopped raisins, dates or chocolate chips

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut

Cream together honey, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Add flour, salt, baking powder, oats and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly. Add rest of ingredients. Bake 10 minutes at 350*. 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

True these take a little more effort than that box of premade things, but this is change that can work towards your goals.

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