I’ve had the cookbook “Deceptively Delicious” (by Jessica Seinfeld) since last Christmas, and as of yet, have never used it (pitiful).  So…here goes a first attempt at putting weird veggie purees into normally-delicious treats! 😉

Actually, none of the recipes seem bad, and the pictures look like regular ol’ food- except for the fact that these oatmeal bars, for instance, have a 1/2 cup of spinach puree in them!  How can you not taste the spinach, I wonder?  We shall see…(and, will also hope that you can’t taste the spinach, bc how gross- blueberries, oatmeal, and spinach?!)

So, you start out by making the crust- a mix of oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and margarine.  I don’t use margarine, and the idea of adding in 3/4 cups of butter seemed pretty gross (and totally the opposite of the healthy mission!), I used applesauce instead- unsweetened.  Then, you press half the mix into a loaf pan, and bake the crust for about 15 minutes:

While that’s baking, I started in on the blueberry/spinach mix.  I have to admit- this seemed really gross as I was going along!  I made my spinach puree by steaming a 5 oz. box of spinach for about 1-2 minutes, until it had just started to wilt, then tossed it into the blender until it gets all good and smooth, not chunky anymore (ew):

Wow...

(Can you believe that 5 0z. of spinach only makes 1/2 cup of puree?)

Anyway, then I whisked the two together!

Yikes...

After that, I poured the mix onto the crust, and added the remaining bits of crust from the bowl on top, sprinkling it on.  I also added a handful of almonds, just to fill in the holes on the top where I ran out of crust!

Looks good!

Now it bakes for another 20-25 minutes.  The recipe did say to leave it cool completely, so the spinach taste disappears completely.  So weird…it had better disappear!  I like spinach- as spinach, and not as a blueberry’s buddy in an oatmeal bar! Here’s hoping! 😉

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I didn’t take a picture of the finished product (camera-issues!), but nothing really changed- just looked…cooked.  Anyway, despite my skepticism, I honestly did not taste the spinach!  I’m telling you, I waited until it was fully at room temperature, like the recipe said, just to be on the safe side.  And, yep- after serving a big spoonful right into E’s mouth (poor man, just trying to watch some baseball!), even he had no idea about the spinach.  Until after I spilled the beans, and he said he was never eating another thing I made again! 😉  Fun times.

However, even though I was happy w/the hiding-of-veggies-in-jam, I don’t think my recipe really worked out.  The oatmeal crust was too hard, so when I was eating it, I felt like there was a definite distinction between the crust and the filling, in a bad way- does that make sense?  It just didn’t seem to go together very well.

Oh well- I’m not deterring at all from using this book (or it’s sneakiness) in future meals.  It’s just a great idea, and a good way to get more “good stuff” into our diet!

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