Friday, July 8, 2011

BBQ in a Bowl, Uncle Sam Granola Bars & Giveaway

A short week means Friday is here faster than usual- love that! Any weekend plans? We’re going to a minor league baseball game and having brunch with my parents. Otherwise?

Last night, I had lots of random leftovers including baked chicken, corn on the cob, brown rice and pineapple. I decided to throw them in a stir fry of sorts with additional frozen vegetables and barbeque sauce. The mixture was topped with shredded cheddar:


This was really yummy!

Recently, the people at Attune Foods sent me three boxes of Uncle Sam cereal to taste test (disclaimer: I received this cereal for free): Original, Honey Almond & Strawberry.



According to the Attune website, Uncle Sam cereal is “An American Original since 1908, Uncle Sam has nourished families for over 100 years! Red winter wheat berries with flaxseeds make this a wholesome high fiber & heart-healthy cereal. “ Josh and I tried all of the cereals on their own with either milk or almond milk:



We really enjoyed the original, but thought it was a little on the plain side and definitely needs some fruit or something else to pick it up a bit.

The strawberry was sweet and tasty!! It reminded me a bit of Special K Red Berries cereal.

We used the honey almond in a yogurt parfait- it was a great switch up for granola:




I also used the plain in my usual snack/granola bar recipe:


  • 1 ½ cups oats
  • ½ cup Uncle Sam cereal
  • 1/4 wheat germ (if you don’t have wheat germ on hand, feel free to add in more oats or flour instead)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds  (you can sub in any kind of seed or nut for the sunflower/pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup oil (you could also use applesauce)
  • 2 eggs or ½ cup egg substitute (or 2 tablespoons ground flax mixed with 6 tablespoons of water)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together first 9 ingredients.  Add in eggs and oil. Mix well (mixture will be just wet enough, if you feel like you need a little additional wetness, add in a tablespoon or two of applesauce).

Spray a baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Press mixture into the bottom.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

The outcome:


A fun switch up! Thank you Attune!!

Want to try Attune cereal?? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Monday, July 11, telling me how you enjoy your cereal. You DO NOT need to have a blog to enter. Open to US residents only. Winner will be randomly selected.

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