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Raw Date Squares!

Date Bars

OMGoodness, I simply must give these away to the neighbors before they are devoured.

Yep, they’re that good.

For the crust & topping…

1c of unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2c (plus 1/4c for after processing) of GF oats
1/2c of pecans or walnuts
1/4c of soaked, pitted dates
1/4c of coconut oil

Process all of the above in your food processor, except for the extra quarter cup of oats…once everything is well combined, transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the remaining oats.

Take half of that mixture and press it into a parchment lined loaf pan.

For the date filling…

1c of soaked dates
1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil

Strain the soaked dates to remove all of the excess liquid…no need to squeeze them though.

Place them into your food processor with the coconut oil and process until smooth.

Spread over the top of your crust and then cover with the remaining coconut/oat mixture.

Press firmly so that it all comes together and place in the fridge for at least four hours.

Absolutely delish!

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Vanilla Oat Bars

October 14th, 2013 008

Raw and simple.

I’m guessing that we’ve all had a famous oat bar or two? I saw one the other day and then craved it for a few days after that. It was time to experiment. I think that I’ve captured the flavor, but the ingredient list is small and super clean so they don’t stand up all that well at room temperature…they were a little mushy after they ‘thawed’ out. So they’ll need to be kept in the freezer, which is perfectly fine…they’ll last longer!ย ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll eventually come up with a baked version of this that will travel in a lunchbox.

Soak one and a half cups of oats overnight…gluten free oats work just fine. Drain the liquid through a sieve, pressing the excess out. Toss the oats into a bowl and add in half a cup of coconut sugar, half a cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, two tablespoons of coconut oil and one generous teaspoon of vanilla bean powder. Give it all a really good mix. Press the mixture into a parchment lined loaf pan and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Remove and slice.

Store in the freezer and enjoy!

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Earthy Cookies

June 5th, 2013 027

What you’ll need…

  • 1c of oats
  • 1c of spelt flour
  • 1/4c of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3tbsp of flax seeds
  • 1tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1/4c of coconut sugar
  • 1/4c of oil (today we used grapeseed)
  • 6tbsp of ‘So Delicious’ coconut milk
  • 2tbsp of molasses
  • 1tsp of cinnamon
  • about 40g of chopped chocolate (today we used half of a ‘Theo’ dark chocolate orange bar – but you could use more!)

Mix all of the ingredients together until it forms into what looks just like cookie dough.

Next time we make these we’re going to add in a yam!

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We made larger cookies today and got about ten of them with this recipe.

We first rolled the mixture into balls, placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and then using the bottom of a mason jar, gave the a little squish so they were flat and round… kind of resembling a cookie.

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Bake them in a moderate (350) oven for eighteen minutes if they’re on the larger side and fifteen minutes if they’re on the smaller side.

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Cool and enjoy!

Happy, healthy eating y’all!

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Quinoa Oat Bars

May 18th, 2013 023

I think we finally did it!

Experimenting pays off.

This is probably the fourth granola bar we’ve tried and the first one I’m happy to post.

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What you’ll need…

  • 1.5c of oats (GF or not)
  • 1c of cooked quinoa
  • 2tbsps of chia seeds
  • 2tbsp of flax seeds
  • 2tbsp of ground/milled flax
  • a generous pinch of salt
  • 1/2c of chopped dark ‘Theo’ chocolate (our new favorite) or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2c of peanut butter
  • 1/4c of coconut oil (we use Maison Orphee)
  • 1/4c of brown rice syrup (we use Lundberg’s)

Toss everything into a bowl except the last three ingredients.

Place the peanut butter, coconut oil and syrup into a small pot and melt it all on low heat.

When it’s all melted and creamy pour it into your bowl and mix all ingredients together.

Note that if you pour your ‘sauce’ in while it is still warm the chocolate with melt and you with have bars that look more chocolatey… just like those in the photo above… if you have patience and can wait until the ‘sauce’ has completely cooled the chocolate will likely remain intact.ย ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Bake in a moderate (350) oven for approximately twenty minutes… just until the corners have started to brown.

Now trust me on this part…

Cool the bars completely and place them in the freezer for about thirty minutes before you slice them.

Such a great afternoon, afterschool snack!

Happy, healthy eating y’all!

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Rooibos Oats

April 2nd, 2013 030

Steel cut oats with red rooibos tea….

YUM!

We make oats/oatmeal at least once a week and this is the first time my small person asked for seconds!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Super simple.

Rinse and drain one cup of steel cut oats (we used Bob’s Red Mill).

Put them in a pot with one cup of water and two cups of (steeped) red rooibos tea.

Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat to a low-medium temperature.

Cook for about twenty minutes or until the oats are tender.

Serve with a generous amount of ‘So Delicious’ coconut milk and a drizzle of ย coconut nectar … or maple syrup.

Great way to start your day!

Happy, healthy eating y’all!

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