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Carl Minding loves to cook and loves to create photo tutorials in his super cool home kitchen. His instructions are clear and easy to follow for a novice while more experienced home chefs can take the recipe up a notch by customizing it with their own personal twist!
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Welcome to my Flirty Guide food column. My name is Carl Mindling and I am enthusiastic about food. And I love every facet of food from recipe writing to cookbooks to shopping to prep to photography and watching my dishes come to life. When I entertain it is always about food first. I also love to dine out and often bring my favorite restaurant foods home for a makeover. And speaking of feeding, I crave feedback so be sure to send me your comments. I am always intrigued by culinary adventures and love to share them with like minded fantastic foodies.

Unless otherwise noted, all Cooking with Carl photos are by Carl Mindling.

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Carl Cooks: Breakfast Bars - High In Protein & Deliciousness

The recipe comes from Chef Jenny Brewer from whom I took the Natural Foods Chef Training at New Leaf Market.

I posted about the entire healthy breakfast class she taught when we originally made this recipe. I had a great time. If you love to cook and live in the South Bay you should take one of her classes too.

Here's a breakfast idea of champions and a great way to start your day. If you crave a sweet treat in the a.m. try making it one of these healthy alternatives instead of a doughnut or pastry. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids and fatty acids to maintain healthy human life. Flax seeds are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and add a earthy nutty flavor. All you need to make your own batch is a bunch of dry and wet ingredients.


The Dry Stuff:
Rolled Oats or Kamut Flakes - 3 cups
Dried Cherries, Cranberries, Raisins or other fruit - 1 cup
Ground Flax Seeds - 1/2 cup
Slivered Almonds - 1 cup
Hemp Seeds - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon

The Wet Stuff:
Brown Rice Syrup, Honey or Agave Nectar - 1 cup
Almond Butter - 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract - 2 teaspoons
Zest from one Orange



1. Pour all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl then mix well.

Dry Ingredients

2. Heat all of the wet ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat while stirring them to melt the almond butter and combine well.

3. Very gradually combine the warmed wet ingredients and fold them as evenly as possible into the dry.

Mixed Ingredients

Here's a handy kitchen item you should have to make baking easier and clean up always a snap. It's a silicon baking mat and comes in many sizes to fit a variety of pans. Absolutely nothing will stick to the mat so it can even eliminate the need for cooking sprays.



4. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees and transfer mixture onto mat covered pan. Note another cool tool on the right side of the photo. It is a scraper which I reach for almost every time I cook. For this recipe it makes forming the one inch thick mold quite easy.

Forming the Bars

5. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes then let it cool down. Use the scraper for cutting into bar sizes. This stack will disappear quickly. Store in a cool dry place and use wax or parchment paper to keep the stored layers from sticking together.

Finished Bars

A close up of the bar reveals all of it's sweet and chewy goodness.

Oh No! There's only one bar left!

Last Breakfast Bar

Quick! I better grab it for myself!

And off the record you don't have to wait for breakfast to enjoy these bars as they make a fantastic healthy snack just about anytime.

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