Organic Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars with Chia Seeds

Organic Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars with Chia Seeds20130923-170445.jpg

Do these look delicious or what?!? Chocolatey, Moist & At Least A Little Bit Healthy.  Umm…….Yes, Please!


They key to these Bars are:


1. Chop your own GOOD QUALITY Bittersweet Chocolate








3. Let Bars COOL COMPLETELY before cutting (Yes, this is gonna be difficult!!!)

Here's How to Make These Bad Boys

Here’s How to Make These Bad Boys


Organic Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars with Chia Seeds

3/4 cup Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup Organic Sugar
3/4 cup Organic Dark Brown Sugar
1 cup Organic Whole Wheat Flour
2 1/2 cups Organic Rolled Oats
2 Eggs
1/2  tsp Organic Cinnamon (Saigon or Ceylon)
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Baking Powder
Pinch of Salt
2 tspMadagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste(to DIE FOR!!!) OR Substitute 2 T Good Quality Vanilla Extract
2 T Organic Chia Seeds
1 cup Bittersweet Chocolate Chunks..maybe a tad over 1 cup!

Preheat Oven to 325.  (between 300 and 350 depending on your oven and pan size).

Line Pan with Parchment Paper (8×8, 9×9, 9×13 depending how thick you want your bars)

Cream Butter and Sugars until LIGHT AND FLUFFY.

Add in Eggs ONE AT A TIME.  Mix In Completely Each Time!

In Separate Bowl Combine Dry Ingredients: Flour, Oats, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Salt.

Mix Dry Ingredients into Wet Ingredients bit by bit.  Lightly Mix to combine.

Now, Switch to a Spatula!

Fold In Chocolate Chunks, Vanilla Bean Paste & Chia Seeds


Fold In LIghtly

Lightly Stir

Mix to Combine and Press into Prepared Pan.

Bake 15-25 Minutes until the top and edges are turning a golden brown.

COOL COMPLETELY before slicing into squares.  I know, this is hard to resist….it smells so good….Oh, what the heck!??!?!  Slice off a little teeny corner for a taste.  Just don’t fear, it will crumble something awful….LET IT COOL and the texture is perfect!  But that itty bitty taste sure was good, eh?!?!?!



And, of course, as always, try and use all the highest quality ORGANIC ingredients… it will show in your end results!



Smoky Brussel Sprouts

Sweet, Smoky & SpicyA Gorgeous Trio of Deliciousness

Smoky, Sweet & Spicy
A Gorgeous Trio of Deliciousness

I did these in the oven last night, very similarly to my Bangin Broccoli recipe.  They turned out freakin awesome!  The hubby and I couldn’t get enough!!!  Even if you don’t like Brussels, I bet you will like them like this.  My Mom is not a fan of BS (or Brussel Sprouts…ahhahaha!!!!).  I am going to let her try these later today and see what she thinks!!!  The key is the SMOKED APPLEWOOD BACON.  I got mine from the Fresh Market.  It really penetrates that cabbage flavor and takes the Brussel Sprouts to a whole new level.  Depending on the heat factor you are wanting, you can adapt the amount of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes used. There are just a few ingredients and this is supereasy to do.  I highly recommend trying these!

Toss EVOO, Brown Sugar & Crushed Red Pepper Flakes with Brussel Sprouts and Thinly Sliced Onion

Toss EVOO, Brown Sugar & Crushed Red Pepper Flakes with Brussel Sprouts and Thinly Sliced Onion

Clean & Slice your Brussels in half.  Thinly Slice half an onion (like a rainbow).

Put Brussels and Onions in a bowl. Toss with EVOO, Brown Sugar & Red Pepper Flakes


Preheat your Oven to 500 and put the oven rack on the bottom rung.

Place your pan in the oven to get nice & hot!

Now, Slice your Applewood Smoked Bacon into lardons.

Lardon (cut bacon into thin strips)

Lardon (cut bacon into thin strips)

Great!  Now your work station should look something like this:

(minus the PorkChop that has been Karinading overnight!!!)

Get have to be able to move fast!!!

Get Ready….you have to be able to move fast!!!

Now, get the pan out of the oven CAREFULLY….remember its HOT!!!

Lay the Brussel Sprouts FACEDOWN first.  You should hear a sizzle if your pan in hot enough.

Next, its BACON TIME!  Try and get the bacon spread out over the pan so the greasy goodness love can spread.

Last, top with the Onions and pour any leftover EVOO on top.

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon, Onions

Brussel Sprouts, Bacon & Onion LOVE

Pop into the oven and wait 7 – 10 minutes….

Done & Delicious!

Done & Delicious!

My hubby likes his bacon super crispy.  If this looks too done for you, just pull it out at your desired doneness!

Smoky, Sweet & Spicy

Smoky, Sweet & Spicy


Smoky Brussel Sprouts 

1/2 Bag of Fresh Brussel Sprouts, cleaned and halved

1/2 Onion thinly sliced (i used white, any color will do…red would be delish!)


1 heaping T Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

2 slices Applewood Smoked Bacon, cut into lardons

s&p to taste!

When I first made this I was intending to drizzle a Balsamic Reduction overtop before serving.  After tasting it and the intense burst of flavors, I decided it didn’t need anything else!  Wow!  Flavor to the MAX!  Hope you enjoy as much as we did!