Honey, Banana and Choc Chip Muesli Bars

Museli bars are great for a number of reasons.  They’re the perfect snack you don’t have to think about, they’re pretty good at dealing with a rumbling tummy in the middle of the day, and are great for kids’ lunch boxes. However there are a few problems too.  More often than not the ones you’ll find in the supermarket are packed with sugar, often with barely any actual fruit lying within, and they can be pretty expensive for the six relatively small bars you get.

With the new year upon us we thought we’d start by looking at ways we can save money while still eating healthily and not missing out on yummy snacks.  Muesli bars are one of those things that are easy to chuck in the trolley without thinking about.  But it’s often the many little things that make for a lengthy receipt at the checkout, so by starting small and making your own little snacks at home, you can help keep the budget at bay. So here’s our recipe for some yummy muesli bars that will keep you and yours going.

Ingredients:
Directions:

On an ungreased baking sheet, spread your oats out evenly and bake at 180 degrees for about 10 minutes, stirring them up once in the middle of that time.
Remove oats from oven, leaving oven ON, and let cool completely.
While your oats are cooling, you can begin to mix together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  After the oats are cooled, add them to the bowl and mix all ingredients together.
Lightly spray a smallish (no smaller than 8″x8″) baking dish with cooking spray or a light coating of olive oil, and place mixture evenly into the dish, using your fingers or a rubber spatula to help push it down flat into the dish and corners.
Bake at 180 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.
After cooking, allow dish to cool completely.
After bars have cooled and chocolate has hardened, you can slice however you prefer.
I managed to make about 20 bars by cutting the block in half and slicing relatively thinly.

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The unusual structure with a hexagonal shape surrounding Saturn’s north pole was spotted on the planet for the first time thirty years ago. Nothing similar with such a regular geometry had ever been seen on any planet in the Solar System. Womens Air Jordan 5 The Planetary Sciences Group has now been able to study and measure the phenomenon and, among other achievements, establish its rotation period. What is more, this period could be the same as that of the planet itself. Saturn is the only planet in the Solar System whose rotation time remains unknown. The research illustrates the front cover of the journal Geophysical Research Letters and has been highlighted by the publication’s editor.

In 1980 and 1981 NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 space probes passed for the first time over the planet Saturn, located 1,500 million km from the Sun. Among their numerous discoveries they observed a strange, hexagon-shaped structure in the planet’s uppermost clouds surrounding its north pole. Air Jordan 2 Retro The hexagon remained virtually static, without moving, vis-à-vis the planet’s overall rotation that was not accurately known. Dennis Pitta Ravens Jerseys What is more, the images captured by the Voyager probes found that the clouds were moving rapidly inside the hexagon in an enclosed jet stream and were being dragged by winds travelling at over 400 km/h.

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    Due to the tilt of approximately 27º of the planet Saturn, its polar atmosphere undergoes intense seasonable variations with long polar nights lasting over seven years, followed by a long period of 23 years of variable illumination. However, the seasonal variations do not affect the hexagon and its jet stream at all, so both are part of an extensive wave, deeply rooted in Saturn’s atmosphere. Fjallraven Kanken Kids UK The UPV/EHU researchers suggest that the hexagon and its stream are the manifestation of a “Rossby wave” similar to those that form in the mid-latitudes of the earth. On our planet the jet stream meanders from west to east and brings, associated with it, the system of areas of low pressure and anticyclones which we have been seeing regularly on weather maps.

    On Saturn, a hydrogen gas planet, ten times the size of the Earth, cold in its upper clouds, without a solid surface, and with an atmosphere as deep as that of an ocean, “the hexagonal wavy motion of the jet stream is expected to be propagated vertically and reveal to us aspects of the planet’s hidden atmosphere,” pointed out Agustín Sánchez-Lavega, Head of the Planetary Sciences research group. cheap jordans uk “The movement of the hexagon could therefore be linked to the depths of Saturn, and the rotation period of this structure, which, as we have been able to ascertain, is 10 hours, 39 minutes and 23 seconds, could be that of the planet itself,” he added.

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    Note: This article was first published in io9 on 3/6/14.

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    And indeed, as Zayed’s team found, the DNA regions that are evolving the most rapidly in honeybees are responsible for worker behavior.

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    As a result of Zayed and his colleagues’ work, published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we have solid genetic evidence that even when animals don’t reproduce, they still contribute to the evolution of their species and their family lineage. Put another way, altruism pays off.

    Though humans are very different from social insects, there is still something poignant in the life cycles of honeybees for us city-dwelling Homo sapiens. It’s hard not to ponder the implications of those queens with their static, unchanging behavior inside the hive. Their evolution is entirely dependent on adaptable sisters and daughters, working in the dangerous world outside. And yet the workers can’t pass along the behaviors they’ve evolved without their queen. It sounds harmonious.