Superfood Granola Bars Made Simple

Posted on April 16, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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We ran out of the first batch of these so fast I had to whip up another so they were on hand for this busy work week.  They are really nice to grab and go and know you have something satisfying and healthy.  They are just a little sweet, enough to feel like a treat without producing a blood sugar storm.  They whip up in a flash, too!

Ingredients

10 large pitted medjool dates

1/4 C. + 1 t. melted coconut oil

1/4 C. nutmilk (or I was lazy here and used a heaping T. of tahini and some water)

2 T. chia seeds

1 T. vanilla extract

Process above in food processor to make a paste. Add the next group if you have a large processor, otherwise transfer to stand mixer.

1 1/2 C. rolled oats

1/2 C. healthy flours (I used a mixture of buckwheat and millet)

1/4 C. shelled hemp seeds

3/4 t. baking soda

½ t. salt

Mix well with the first group. Then add right at the end:

1/4 C. cacao nibs

1/3 C. mini dark chocolate chips or pieces hand-chopped to be small

Spread into a bar pan.  Batter will be very stiff.  Use a piece of waxed paper to press the mass into place.  Cut with knife or pastry cutter into the size you want.  I like them small so I can eat 2.  It’s a mental thing with me!  Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes.  A little shorter time for softer bars, a little on the long side for crunchy bars.  You decide!

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Healthy AND Tasty Fudge Made Simple

Posted on April 11, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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These are so yummy it’s astounding to realize while they melt in your mouth that they are feeding your cells with superfood nutrition.  What joy!  Just assemble these ingredients, which, admittedly are not easy to find in stores.  Just place an order at nuts.com and you will be all set.  Then when you’re wondering what to do with all those great ingredients, knock yourself out with this super easy recipe!

Ingredients

1 C. cacao powder

4 T. mesquite powder

4 T. goji berry powder

4 T.  maca powder

3/4 C. shelled hempseeds

1/4 C. lightly toasted sesame seeds (pour into dry pan and heat on medium-low for about 10 minutes – cool)

4 T. flaxseed meal

1/2 C. coconut sugar

3/4 C. melted coconut oil (Heat by placing container into a bowl of very hot water to gently melt.  If you keep it in a metal container you can put it on the stove on the lowest setting just for a few minutes until it is about half melted.)

1/2 C. maple syrup

Start by toasting the sesame seeds and melting the coconut oil.  While those are warming, dump all the other ingredients into a heavy stand mixer fitted with a paddle, if possible.  Add oil and sesame seeds.  Mix until stiff dough forms.  Stop to scrape down sides of bowl if necessary.  Scrape out onto a board lined with wax paper or plastic wrap.  Form square or rectangle through the paper or put into a square baking pan to help form the shape.  Put into refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Take out and put fudge on a cutting board still wrapped.  Unwrap and cut into small cubes.  Store in the refrigerator (if there are any left – ha!)

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Perfect Popcorn Made Simple

Posted on March 23, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , |

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Here is how I make the perfect popcorn:  Get out the big stockpot and put a schlock of coconut oil and a schlock of lard in it.  (Schlock = maybe 2 t.)  Heat up on medium-high and throw in about 3 handfuls of popcorn kernels (until the bottom of the pot is covered).  While that gets going, put about 2 T. butter in a little stainless steel pitcher and heat to melt.  Lift and shake the popcorn pot a few times to make sure the kernels aren’t sticking to the bottom and burning.  As the pot begins to fill, take a big spoon and scoop into the corn to the bottom to check on the number of unpopped kernels.  If they are mostly popped, shut off, it’s done!  Drizzle the butter on it and sprinkle with good sea salt.  Enjoy!

Just a note about lard.  Please do not buy the yucky stuff that you find in typical American supermarkets.  It’s filled with hydrogenated oil!  I really don’t understand that.  My dad speaks of growing up on the farm where they kept a huge barrel of lard under the sink at room temperature in the kitchen and it kept just fine without any additives.  Well, anyway, seek out a good source of pure lard from a farmer or else forget it.  You can use coconut and olive oil or butter if you have to.

Also, try this even if you have one of those ridiculous air poppers from years ago.  You will be amazed at the pleasant soft sound of popcorn kernels popping on the stove.  It shouldn’t require protective ear covering to cook!  And get over your fear of fat.  It’s not the 1980s anymore.  We now know that small amounts of good fats are essential for health.

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