Quinoa and Date Energy Bars


When we are in relationships having trust should be really important. Trust is the foundation of any good relationship. But how do we learn to trust? Especially trust our teenagers? When they are learning to walk, ride a bike, or make decisions they trusted us to teach them, to support them, and to encourage them.

Fast forward to 2am and your child isn’t home even though they had a midnight curfew, or when they are home on time but sneak out later, or when they are innocently sleeping over at a friend’s house but are actually out on a date.  So how do you as a parent recover when your child has lied and then asks to go out with friends to a party?  “Um…hellooooo, you want to do what”?  Yep, that’s how our teenagers tend to work.

Don’t worry!  There is hope.  My Thursday ladies group is reading a new book called Like Dew Your Youth by Eugene H. Peterson http://www.amazon.com/Like-Dew-Your-Youth-Teenager/dp/B00F6G1W64.  Peterson writes “Young people learn to be trusted (and to trust) much the same way they learn to walk, not by first demonstrating it as an achievement, but by being encouraged, supported, and assured by those who have been through it themselves”.  So the next time your teenager isn’t completely honest with you remember:

1.  That teenagers learn to trust by being trusted.  So take that leap of faith and give your teen the opportunity to be trusted.

2.  You didn’t learn to trust God because He argued with you and convinced you to trust Him.  You learned to trust God because he treated you with love and acceptance at the beginning when you weren’t lovable, acceptable or trustworthy.

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him-Nahum 1:7 God Bless, Karen

Quinoa and Date Energy Bars

These are delicious!  Great for breakfast but can also satisfy an after dinner sweet tooth.

1 1/3 cups Gluten Free rolled oats
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup Gluten Free flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup pitted dates, chopped finely
1 1/3 cup cashews, chopped finely
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon water

1/3 cup almond or peanut butter (I used peanut butter)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1.  Line a 9×9 brownie pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with either butter or baking spray

2.  In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, quinoa, sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, dates and cashews.

3.  In a smaller bowl, combine vanilla extract, melted butter, maple syrup, water and almond butter.

4.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and combine evenly. Pour ingredients into the greased pan. Use plastic wrap to firmly press the mixture down evenly.

5.  Bake for 30-35 minutes. The edges will be brown when its done.

6.  Completely cool before cutting or the bars will be a crumbly mess.

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