Grain facts and a nut-free energy bites recipe

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This past weekend, my mom and I took Princess Peach and Little Dude to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Our first stop was the Growing Connections trailer run by The Grain Farmers of Ontario. We have been to the trailer the past two years, and every year I have learned some new information that I didn’t know before. It’s a fun trailer and both Princess Peach and Little Dude loved the interactive activities that were available.

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Here are some new facts that I learned this year.

Did you know?

  • Ontario has 28,000 grain farmers
  • 82,000 crayons comes from 1 acre of Ontario Soybeans
  • In Canada, 10% of all gasoline comes from corn and 5% of all diesel comes from soy
  • Whole grains should make up at least half of your daily grain choices. Whole grains include whole wheat, oats, brown rice, chia, farro, spelt, wheat berries and barley
  • In Ontario, we produce six million acres of grains to fuel our vehicles, and feed people and animals to name a few.
  • Worcestershire sauce is made by malting barley into mash and allowing it to turn into vinegar.
  • The non-toxic adhesive used on postage stamps is made with wheat starch

One of my favourite things to get at the booth are new delicious recipes! Lisa, who is a registered dietitian and farmer (how cool that she’s both?), was at the booth and we chatted about grains for a bit. This amazing recipe for nut-free energy bites was featured at the booth. I love that it’s a recipe that can be played around with. Lots of substitutions can be made to personalize it. Don’t want to use soy butter you can substitute sunflower seed butter. I have a seed allergy so I would just omit the seeds and Lisa suggested to add more oats and/or dried fruit.

nut-free energy bites

Nut-Free Energy Bites
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Delicious nut-free energy bites that are perfect for kids to take to school or to eat on the go!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup oatmeal (large flake or quick cooking)
  2. 1/2 cup soybutter (such as Wow Butter)
  3. 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  4. 1/4 liquid honey
  5. 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped dried cranberries or 1/2 cup of raisins
  6. 1/4 cup coarsely chopping pumpkin seeds or 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
  7. 1 tsp of vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together soybutter, honey and vanilla
  2. Stir in all of the remaining ingredients. Stir well to combine.
  3. Shape into small bites (approximately 1" diameter)
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Store energy bites in a container in the fridge
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