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Poolside Dreams: Peach Daiquiris and Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars

With all the family visiting going on this summer, I’ve picked up a couple recipes that I’m loving and want to share. (For my own sake as well – it’s easier to keep up with recipes on my blog then all the scraps of paper in my recipe binders!)
Below are two recipes courtesy of Roberta, one of my mama’s friends.  Both are great any time of the year, but especially during these lazy summer days… who doesn’t need a snack and a fruity drink by the pool?
Pumpkin Seed Granola Bars (AKA Roberta’s Healthy Brittle)
The Amateur Librarian // Poolside Recipes
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups raw and unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 3/4 cups raw and unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 4-6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or other coarse salt
  • 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries
Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
In a large bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, and the syrup until evenly coated.  Spread the mixture in an even single layer on the lined baking sheet and season with salt to taste.  Bake, stirring several times with a spatula or wooden spoon, until just golden – about 20 minutes.
Cool the mixture completely on the pan, then add the dried fruit and toss to combine for a granola texture.  If you prefer brittle, don’t toss and let the mixture harden completely before breaking into bars.  The mixture will keep quite a while in an airtight container.
Perfect treat for breakfast or a road trip snack… Yum!
Fresh Peach Daiquiris 
The Amateur Librarian // Poolside Recipes
Ingredients:
  • approx. 12 peaches
  • approx. 13 limes (or 2 lb bag)
  • 2 cups simple syrup
  • 3 oz. rum
  • 3-4 cups ice
Directions:
Combine the simple syrup, sliced peaches, lime juice and rum in a blender.  Add some zest from the limes as well.  (Note on simple syrup: All you need is 2 cups water + 2 cups sugar heated in a pot until the sugar is dissolved. BUT. Every time I see simple syrup in a drink recipe, I never want to go the extra step… until Mom told me you can buy it pre-made at the grocery store. Sold!)
Blend until pureed, then add ice until you like the consistency.  We found that the peach bits tend to separate from the alcohol after a while, so we pureed it again every so often.  Or you can just drink it faster!
The Amateur Librarian // Poolside Recipes
My parents made a batch of peach daiquiris for the 4th of July and it’s the perfect summer drink – so fresh it’s tastes just like a (slightly alcoholic) smoothie!
Three cheers to my mama and her friend Roberta for sharing these fun summer treats!
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