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Jennifer Garner’s Pretend Cooking Show is a Slice of Happiness on the Internet

posted: 04/27/18
by: Amanda Mushro

#PretendCookingShow, Episode 4 brings us one of my favorite "pass-it-back" snacks-- you know, those easy snacks you can pass back to hungry kids in a car on the way to wherever your afternoons bring you. Here's a way to make them at home with ingredients you know and can pronounce. The full episode with results is on my Facebook! Link in bio. #passitbacksnack #sofarsogood #notaprettybaker o Ingredients: 2 cups oats 1 cup unsweetened coconut 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup flaxseed 2 tbls butter 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla o Recipe: 1.) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 2.) Combine dry ingredients. 3.) In saucepan melt the butter, honey, brown sugar, salt and vanilla. 4.) Mix all ingredients together. 5.) Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper and pack it all in there. 6.) Put in oven for ten minutes. 7.) Take it out. Pack it down again and bake another 10 minutes. 8.) Yum. Let them cool. 9.) If you like chocolate (????) melt some chocolate with a spoonful of coconut oil/Crisco over a double boiler and drizzle over the bars. 10.) Cut. Enjoy! o ?: "Scrapping and Yelling" by Mark Mothersbaugh

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If you are looking for a little extra joy in your life, may I recommend hoping over to Instagram and just scrolling through Jennifer Garner's Instagram feed? From Tutu Tuesdays where she narrates videos of incredible dancer performances to little snippets into her life as a mom and celebrity, her entire Instagram feed reminds me that the internet can be a place of happiness. But of all the posts you will find on Garner's Instagram, you will love the latest internet sensation--Garner's #PretendCookingShow.

Garner, who is a mom of three, often says in the short videos that she is not a pretty baker, but likes whipping up meals and snacks for her kids that contain "ingredients you know and can pronounce." While you can watch cooking videos anywhere or find these recipes on Pinterest, there is just something about the fun and ease when Garner films these short clips.

And the internet agrees, because each video receives thousands of likes and comments. While we are used to seeing her on the big screen, fans are really loving seeing this side of the actress through her social media.

According to Garner, the inspiration for the videos comes from her love and admiration for Food Network star Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. Often Garner makes some of her favorite recipes that are inspired by the Barefoot Contessa or she explains how she's adapted the recipes from food Garner's mother made for her when she was a child.

In one episode Garner gushes "I'm not an expert but if you want to make your family happy over and over again this is one recipe that if you get it down, you can do anything with it. And it's by Ina. Love you Ina!" says Garner before kissing her copy of the Bare foot Contessa's cookbook.

The most recent episode is a recipe for granola bars drizzled in chocolate that Garner says is prefect to pass back to your kids while in the car. While most store bought granola bars are worth skipping, these looks yummy and I might even be inspired to try to whip up a batch thanks to the #PretendCookingShow.