Sustainable Options

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Apple blackberry breakfast bars.

These look like dessert but they are supposed to be breakfast bars! Here is the recipe I modeled mine after.

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shelled sun flour seeds (could substitute walnuts, almonds, etc.)
1 stick butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup apple sauce

Fruit Layer
2 cups frozen blackberries
3 cups peeled, chopped apples
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients and spread evenly on first layer.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
Mix with hands (it will be crumbly) and spread on top of fruit layer.

Heat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a 9" x 13" pan. Mix Crust and press into 9 x13 or 9x9 & 9 x3. Spread Fruit Layer on top then crumble the topping over the fruit layer. Bake for 15 minutes at 425, reduce heat to 350 and bake for 20 more minutes (more for 9 x 13 pan). Cut or scoop and enjoy with yogurt for breakfast or Ice cream for dessert! Refrigerate leftovers or freeze in individual servings.

Okay after making and of course eating these I decided they are dessert not a breakfast bar. Even after reducing the butter and sugar they are too sweet for dessert. Yummy I am going to continue searching for a breakfast bar.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Okay, have you ever found a vitamin that your kids beg for that isn’t full of junk! Smartypants is the answer. They are the best. I love them too by the way.

image Breakdown of some of the good stuff….

  • Taste Great!
  • Low in sugar, no high fructose corn syrup
  • They contain Omega Oils with no fishy taste or after taste!
  • Made in California
  • They donate to Vitamin Angels


  • You have to take 4 a day but they taimageste so good it's not a big deal!

The cost…

If you are already buying vitamins at the health food store, co-op, etc. The price will not shock you. It costs more to get good quality products from sustainable resources. Also if you consider the cost of a Multivitamin, Vitamin D and DHA it is actually less. I currently spend about $15 a month on a high quality children's DHA supplement alone. Save 15% on your first order at with the code SBBL562 (through Oct. 31).

The Conclusion…

These are great vitamins and my family will keep taking them because they are a cost effective, yummy way to stay healthy.

The Giveaway…

Comment here that you liked Smartypants on FB or follow on Twitter and I will add you to my Ecomom $15 gift certificate giveaway.

For more entries see this post:

The fine print…I was given a one month supply of Smartypants to review on this post. However, I was not compensated in anyway for writing this review. I just enjoy the product!

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Ecomom is a great online store for affordable, sustainable, healthy products for your baby, kids and family. Some of my favorite products are cloth diapers, lunch boxes, cleaning products, toys and art supplies.

A gift to you from!

Use the code SBBL562 for 15% off through October 31st!

Try the new EcoPass. Purchase a $99 annual membership and receive 15% off every order as well as free shipping (no minimum)! The Ecopass can pay for its self in as few as 4 orders for just $8.25 per month!

Oh and that giveaway you were waiting for! Ecomom is giving away a $15.00 gift certificate!

Here’s the rules:

Post one comment for each entry.

Entry 1: Follow Sustainable Family and comment on one post.

Other ways to enter (must complete Entry 1 first).

  • Like Ecomom and Sustainable Family on Facebook
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or twitter.
  • Join ecomom newsletter
  • Follow EcoMomCEO on twitter

Winners will be chosen at Don’t forget to comment on this post for each entry! Winner will be announced on October 11th please be sure I have an email address to notify you. Read my post on Smartypants vitamins for more ways to enter!

Giveaway extended to Oct. 11th!