Healthy Energy Bites Made Simple

Posted on March 7, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Food - Energy Bites

I broke down and went to the doctor yesterday.  I know about iatrogenic death and disease (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/iatrogenic?s=t) so I don’t run to the doctor easily.  I go reluctantly and with great skepticism, but I will go minimally to the best person I can find who supports my health goal of zero medical intervention in my health!!  Well, I actually found a medical doctor in my area who gets it.  What a breath of fresh air in a quagmire of landmines, but I don’t want to get off track here, maybe another day we’ll go there.

My new doc is going to help me weather perimenopause smoothly!  Along the way we are going to avoid the big 3:  heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  She was telling me I need to quit all red meat for now as a minimum to reduce the inflammation in my body which will ease the demands of this new change and then she said these startling words, “No one who eats a plant-based diet (shunning all animal products) gets cancer.”   Wow, that’s an amazing thing for a medical doctor to say!  See, The China Study, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_China_Study_(book)

So, I agreed to give it 3 months of as close to meatless and dairyless as I can get.  She says I will feel so amazing I won’t care that much.  Hmmm… we’ll see, but no degenerative diseases might be worth it anyway.  I asked her, “What do you eat that’s fun, though?”  I do not believe in eating for entertainment, where bagsful of potato chips get inhaled, etc. but a homemade chocolate chip cookie to top off a dinner?  She said, “I like energy bites.”  And then she ran to her office and produced them for me to try!  This is like no other doctor I have ever encountered!  Drug samples, yes!  Healthy food samples, never!

So, being me, I came right home and tried to make a version.  They are really, really good.  I must say and I’m looking forward to tinkering with this whole idea to make lots of variations so that boredom stays away.  Here is my first attempt:

INGREDIENTS:

Carob powder (I happen to love carob, but many people don’t.  I don’t see any problem with cocoa powder instead or in addition)

Local, raw honey (yep, not completely vegan because this whole experiment is not about animal rights for me, but health, maple syrup is another sweetener I am going to try and that would be very vegan, you get the idea, this is very loose!)

Nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)

Raw, unsweetened grated coconut (again, leave out if you are not a fan)

Cinnamon and vanilla (1 teaspoon each)

Coconut oil

Dried sour cherries (or blueberries, or raisins, whatever you like)

Hot water

DIRECTIONS:

Put some of everything except the hot water and the cherries in the food processor, spin it around to puree and mix and see how it looks. Dry? Add a little hot water. Too wet?  Maybe some oats or more nuts or flax meal, you get the idea.  Then right before you’re done throw the cherries in and give it a quick whirl just to mix them in, not to chop them up.

Spread the whole thing into a little 8×8 or 9×9 brownie pan (stainless steel or glass NOT aluminum).  I put mine in the freezer to firm up and I dusted it with coconut flour just for looks.   I just got off my bicycle and the two in that photo above are gone.  Yum and healthy.  Pretty cool.

By the way, last night I toasted some coconut chips in a dry cast iron pan for a few minutes and they are also really good and good for you!

Food - Coconut Chips

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