Monthly Archives: August 2011

Chewy Crispy Chocolate Almond Butter Bars

So here is another easy bar recipe.  I got the original recipe ideas from Clean Eating magazine nutrition edition 2006.  I have made a few changes to the original recipe to suit my tastes and experiment with “raw”ingredients.  I decided to make these over the weekend and they were a big hit.  Pretty sweet due to the agave nectar which is sweeter than honey but you could always use the honey if you can’t find agave nectar.  Coconut nectar is another raw option which is really sweet!  These bars rival any candy bar and so much healthier for you!  Get creative add any dried fruit mixture or use peanut butter or cashew butter instead!  The beauty of cooking is getting to create and then play around with different ingredients!  So much fun and so yummy to eat!

Ingredients:Crispy Almond Butter Bars

•   3 cups crisped rice cereal
•   1 cup oats
•   1 cup chopped dried fruit (apricots, raisins, cherries)
•   1/3 cup sliced raw almonds
•   2 tbsp ground flaxseed
•   1/3 cup cacao nibs
•   1/4 cup brown sugar
•   1/3 raw agave nectar or raw coconut nectar
•   1/2 cup raw almond butter
•   1/2 cup raw cacao powder
•   cooking spray

Instructions:

Coat a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add first five  ingredients except brown sugar, agave nectar, and almond butter; stir to mix well.  Combine brown sugar, agave nectar, and almond butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until completely melted and smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in cacao powder.  Pour chocolate almond butter mixture over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly.  Press mixture into a 9x 13 pan than has been coated with cooking spray.  Place in refrigerator to cool completely.  Cut into bars.

Enjoy!

Agave Energy Bars

A little pick me up after your workout or for an afternoon sweet treat!  Healthy and so much better than a candy bar!  Even my 16 year old likes to snack on these bars.

Ingredients:Agave Energy Bars

•   1 cup crushed wheat flakes (or your favorite cereal)
•   1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
•   1/2 cup sesame seeds
•   1/3 cup sliced raw almonds
•   2 tbsp ground flaxseed
•   1 tsp lucama powder
•   1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
•   1/3 raw agave nectar or raw coconut nectar
•   cooking spray
Instructions:

Coat a medium mixing bowl with cooking spray and add all ingredients except agave nectar; stir to mix well.  Bring agave nectar to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to low and simmer about 6 minutes.  Pour over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly.  Press mixture into a 8×8 pan than has been coated with cooking spray.  Place in refrigerator to cool completely.  Cut into bars.

Enjoy!

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

So here is a really easy healthy dish for you to enjoy! Even though the recipe calls for cherry tomatoes, feel free to use fresh garden tomatoes too.  I used cherry tomatoes and yellow tomatoes from our garden to make this recipe today.  Quinoa is a great source of protein and a nice alternative to rice or pasta!

Ingredients:

•   1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
•   2 cups water
•   1/4 cup olive oil/flax seed oil mixture
•   juice of 2 fresh limes
•   1 tsp cumin
•   1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
•   15 oz. black beans rinsed
•   1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half
•   bunch green onions, finely chopped
•   1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
•   sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan bring water and quinoa to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer  and cook until all water is absorbed about 15 minutes.  Let quinoa cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together olive/flax oil, lime juice, cumin and red pepper flakes.

Combine quinoa, black beans, tomatoes and green onions in a large bowl.  Drizzle oil mixture over quinoa mixture and toss in cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

Golden Vegetable Flax Crackers

This is my version of the Mediterranean Flax cracker recipe from Preserve It Naturally which I ordered along with my Excalibur dehydrator.  The first time I made these crackers they were a big hit!  I did not have all the ingredients listed so I added my own spices and vegetables.  This latest version was a much tastier cracker.  We ate them right out of the dehydrator!  YUMMY!  A great crunchy snack that is RAW!~

Ingredients:

•   2 cups golden flax seeds (soaked 12-24 hours in 1 qt water)
•   1/2 cups raw black olives – sliced
•   2 green onions – thinly sliced
•   2 cloves garlic – minced
•   1 tbsp fresh basil – thinly sliced
•   1 cup baby spinach – thinly sliced
•   1/2 red bell pepper – finely chopped
•   1 tsp sea salt
•   1/2 tsp turmeric
•   1 tbsp lemon juice
•   2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients to soaked flax seeds and stir well.  Spread mixture about 1/4″ on dehydrator trays lined with a Paraflexx sheet.  At this point you may score the crackers into cracker shapes if so desired.

Dry at 105°F for approximately 4 hours or until no longer sticky.  Turn the tray over, remove the Paraflexx sheet transfer the crackers directly onto the dehydrator trays.  Let the crackers dry another 12 – 16 hours until completely dry.

Enjoy!

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