Simply Healthy Family: Coconut Almond Oat Crunchies: Teacher Appreciation Week ideas and downloads.

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Coconut Almond Oat Crunchies: Teacher Appreciation Week ideas and downloads.

























This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Yay for all of our wonderful teachers! My son Jack is in Kindergarten and his school is having a different theme each day to celebrate the teachers. Today is 'Fruit of Knowledge Day'.  We made these wonderful cookies that I got from Anja's Food for Thought and just added  fresh berries to the cut out flowers and butterflies. We packaged them up cute and sent them to Jack's wonderful {very patient} Kindergarten teacher Ms. G.






Teachers just don't get paid enough!  I can't imagine trying to keep all those little kids quiet and focused all day long. I have a hard time doing it with just 4! Other nice ideas to give to your favorite teacher would be school supplies or a gift card to an office store. Or a gift card to a restaurant or coffee shop.


What are you doing for your favorite teacher? OR If you are a teacher what are your favorite gifts?


Tomorrow is 'Plant or Flowers Day' I came across this cute idea on Barefoot by the Sea's blog for personalizing a little plant for your teachers. It comes from Skip to my Lou. She has kindly offered a free PDF download so you can personalize these cute flower tags with your child's name and print them out.






I used shredded coconut instead of grated to make them chewier and for the
 coconut to stand out more.




Coconut Almond Oat Crunchies

recipe from Anja's Food for Thought

Ingredients:

2/3 cup whole wheat flour


2/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup fresh grated coconut (plus more for sprinkling)

1/2 cup almonds, finely chopped

1/3 cup palm sugar (Raw sugar)

1/3 cup melted butter

2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey  {*I used brown rice syrup}

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons boiling water



Yields 15-20

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Preheat oven to 165C/325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, coconut, almonds and palm sugar. Set aside.

Melt the butter. Take off the heat and stir in maple syrup. Set aside.

In a small bowl or cup combine baking soda with boiling water, then add to the butter mixture. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients until well combined.

Press the batter into the baking sheet, about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle with grated coconut. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly brown. Remove from the oven and cut into squares. Return crunchies into the switched-off oven, and let them dry out for another 10 minutes.

Remove from the pan, once they are cooled completely.




 
 
What is brown rice syrup?


Brown rice syrup is a vegan and gluten-free liquid sugar substitute that can be used in baking and cooking to sweeten foods with less calories and to avoid the use of refined sugar. Vegans may prefer brown rice syrup to refined sugar, which is sometimes refined using bone char from animals. With a sticky, gooey consistency similar to honey, brown rice syrup tastes very sweet, but has a flavor much different from other sweeteners, such as honey and agave nectar. It is low on the glycemic index and it is all-natural, nearly always organic, and probably one of the healthiest sugar substitutes available, with the exception of stevia.


 
 
 
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11 comments:

  1. These cookies look delicious! I'm sure the teachers were super appreciative! The shapes and berries were such a cute touch!

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  2. Those cookies look fantastic! The teachers must be very impressed by the taste! great job

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  3. These look great, for teachers and for the kids! I'm going to make them for snacks
    Have a great day
    Mary

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  4. These look so good! I'm always looking for things for my hubby to snack on (he's a triathlete) and I think he would love these! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. Cheers!

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  6. What yummy fun! I just had to stumble these. :)

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  7. These look healthy & delicious! Love the shapes :)
    We are in our final week of Get Grillin' - Dessert is the theme and we would love if you submitted up to any 3 recipes (they don't have to be grilled) to our link up. This one would be perfect! This week we have a Rouxbe Cooking School giveaway. http://su.pr/2YaIiV

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  8. Anonymous7/12/2011

    i like the aesthetic design of the food.

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  9. a very nice presentation of the food and i also love almonds. i think this is a very tasty food. :) thanks for the recipe.

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  10. These look so good! I'm always looking for things for my hubby to snack on (he's a triathlete) and I think he would love these! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. Cheers!

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