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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Superfoods – The Stash Builds

Posted on March 29, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Food - Superfoods

I met with my doc yesterday and we both agree that veganism is just too hard!  That said, I am eating no red meat nor dairy, and very little animal products at all.  Some days are vegan for me, but I’m not killing myself to keep it up.  So all in all I have still reduced the inflammatory load on my system by making my diet very clean.  On top of that, I’ve boosted my intake of this new category of foods known as superfoods which are chock full of nutrients the body loves.

Here is my growing stash:  nutritional yeast (yummy, rich flavor component to put on salads), chia seeds (for smoothies and oatmeal – 1 T. keeps me full for hours!), hemp seeds (so delicious as is, but an easy addition to a salad and/or smoothie), goji berries (crunchy and good for a little snack – little because they are very expensive!), and golden berries (puckery tart and chewy, also pricey, so small quantities.)

It’s been fun to play with these new foods.  I’m still enjoying the Superfood Kitchen book and now I’m looking forward to Julie Morris’ new book on using superfoods in smoothies.  Today I made a rice milk, frozen strawberry/blueberry/kale, stevia, vanilla, chia/hemp smoothie.  I wondered if the kale would kill it with yucky greens taste, but no, I couldn’t even tell it was in there!

By the way, I had a cholesterol test done at the local Walmart clinic because I didn’t want any dubious results in my medical record since I pay for my own insurance and it could be disastrous if I got a bad result recorded in my record.  So, I was Mary Smith for the day and for 70 bucks I found out I have a perfect cholesterol panel and perfect glucose as well.  The nurse practitioner said, “I wish I had numbers like these.”  I replied, “That’s a lot of vegetables and exercise!”  She admitted, then, that she should give up junk food.  Well, at least there was an acknowledgement that my lifestyle has at least contributed to those numbers!

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