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Coconut Lemon “Lara” bars

I just discovered larabars. Like last week. Where on earth have I been? They are great! The ones I liked the most were the cashew date and the apple pie. So this recipe is more along the lines of the cashew one, but just add dried apples and they would would be your apple/date bars. I’ll try that next batch.

Ingredients are simple. I got this off a site called ‘bites for babies’. Go figure. I’m making baby food. I just added and took away a few things from hers like honey. I don’t know why you would want to add a sweetener to these, the dates make them plenty sweet enough!

Joe loved them and he is usually my seal of approval. Said they tasted like lemon meringue.

Ingredients:

* 1 cup packed dates (make sure to take the seeds out. I forgot and food processors really don’t like them)
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1/2 cup cashews (either roasted or plain. Not salted)
* 3 TB almond butter
* 1 TB coconut oil (not melted)
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/8 tsp sea salt
* zest of one lemon
* 1 TB squeezed lemon juice

1. Add all ingredients to your food processor and blend away!

2. One you have your desired consistency transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Smooth the ingredients so they are about 1/2 inch high. You can make it nice and even by pressing it down with an extra piece of parchment paper, also rolling the sides up.

3. Refrigerate about 2-3 hours until they are hard enough to cut into pieces. Wrap each one up in Saran Wrap and keep in the fridge until you have a sweet tooth or need a little burst of an energy bar!

(The picture is actually 2 batches. I bought a pound of dates and that ended up being about 2 cups so figured just make another batch- made about 14 bars)

I realize these shouldn’t be eaten everyday and in case of emergencies… But I like to have something on hand in my house in case this is something I NEED! Even half a bar is pretty satisfying.

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Posted by on July 13, 2014 in Breakfast, Lunch, Sides

 

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Paleo Triple Chocolate Truffles- Nut free!

pepitaStill on the hunt for some desserts to make over the holiday’s so I don’t end up eating tons of pie, brownies, or other delicious desserts that may come my way. These are a good treat, defintely only need 1 or 2 though, they seem pretty rich! Found this recipe on yet again… paleOMG. Why look anywhere else? She has the best recipes if you want to get creative with ingredients and stray away from just meat, veggie, nuts, and fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pepita seeds (the inside of pumpkin seeds)
  • 14 medjool dates
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • a bar or two of 85% cacao dark chocolate
  • Enjoy life chocolate chips

Start off with melting your coconut oil in a frying pan. When that is nice and hot, toss in your pumpkin seeds and roast about 4-5 minutes until they are toasty and fragrant. Dont burn them!

When those are done, throw them in your food processor and blend away till they are totally broken down into a seed meal.

Add your dates and blend until they are completely mixed together.

Add your cocoa powder, cinnamon (I forgot this in mine), honey, and a dash of salt. Blend together until it becomes a big dough looking ball.

Take your dark chocolate and melt in the micro and pour the chocolate chips in a seperate bowl.

Take the dough and form into little balls in your hands and dip them half way into the melted chocolate, then dip the bottom into the chocolate chips. Place on parchment paper and then place them on a plate (I forgot the parchment paper and now they are pretty well stuck to my plate!)

Put them in the refrigerator for a while until the chocolate becomes hard again. Then pop one in your mouth and ENJOY!

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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Desserts

 

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‘Carmel’ pecan squares

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Heaven…..I’m in heaven…..and my heart beats so that I can hardly speeeak………… Okay, that’s the tune that went through my head upon first bite.

These are fun to make and even more fun to eat. Again, this will be the last warning label I write, but everything in moderation people! One square did me just fine. Then share the rest.

Two parts to this treat, the crust and the topping.

Crust ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of crushed pecans
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup melted organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbls raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt

Put your pecans in a food processor and blend until fine. Add the oil, honey, vanilla, baking soda, and powder. Mix until creamy smooth. Transfer to a larger bowl and add the almond meal and egg. Whisk together until all ingredients are combined. Put this in a bread pan and evenly smooth around the pan and cook for about 25 mins at 375.

Carmel ingredients:

  • 14-16 pitted medjool dates (soak in water for about an hour)
  • 5-6 tablespoons of coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt

Put your dates in the food processor and mix until smooth. Add the coconut milk and water a few tablespoons at a time along with vanilla extract. When light and fluffy, you are ready to stick your finger…I mean spoon in to taste.

Take your crust out and let cool for about 15 minutes. Add the layer of whipped dates to the top evenly and refrigerate for about 30 minutes and then cut into squares.

Now eat, then sing out loud or in your head as you enjoy this lovely treat.

(courtesy of paleOMG yet again. Love her)

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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in Desserts

 

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