Nutty bars

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This recipe is adapted from Elana’s Pantry, one of my absolute favorite food blogs for gluten-free goodies. I added hemp seeds for extra protein and omegas and used date paste to make them  lower-glycemic. They’re like extra nutty Larabars. They’re perfect for a quick snack or dessert. The healthy fats, protein, and fiber will keep you going and the nutrient-rich dates will satisfy your sweet tooth without making you crash. For a little extra sweetness, just add chocolate!

  • 2 cups almonds (raw)
  • ½ cup golden flaxmeal
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon date paste, agave nectar, or honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks (optional)
Put almonds, flax meal, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, almond butter and salt in a food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds. Melt coconut oil over very low heat in a saucepan. Once melted, add to the mixture with the date paste and vanilla. Pulse until you have a thick paste.  Press mixture into an 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Refrigerate for 1 hour, until mixture hardens.
To make them chocolate covered, melt chocolate over very low heat in a saucepan, stirring continuously. Spread melted chocolate over bars; return to refrigerator for 30 minutes, until chocolate hardens.
Remove from refrigerator, cut into bars and serve.
Makes about 20 bars, depending on how big you cut them. Enjoy!

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Nut Milk.. easier than you’d think

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Homemade nut milk always sounded like an unattainable thing to me until I stumbled onto a recipe in Sweet Gratitude: A New World of Raw Desserts. It is really so easy as long as you have the necessary equipment! And the taste is unbelievably better than the store-bought kind.

Side note: I highly recommend this cookbook and/or getting dessert at Cafe Gratitude if you’re in LA. Their desserts will open your eyes to the amazing taste and texture possible using nutritious raw ingredients!

What you need:

  • Blender – it’s especially easy if you use a Vitamix but any will do
  • Nut milk bag – Basically just a fine mesh bag. You can buy one on Amazon for about $8
  • Pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds or hazelnuts 
  • 2 cups room temp water

Get to it:

  1. Soak almonds for 24-48 hours (if using hazelnuts, you can skip this step)
  2. Put in blender and blend until smooth (in a Vitamix just flip it to the smoothie setting)
  3. Let sit for 5-10minutes for a richer flavor
  4. Pour into nut milk bag secured in a pitcher or other container
  5. Squeeze out all the milky goodness (this is a messy process but should stay contained in the pitcher.. just be careful)

You end up with about 2 cups of delicious milk and 1 cup of nut pulp that you can use for crackers, cookies, etc in place of flour (see some of my other recipes for ideas). Add vanilla, cocao, or agave to your liking but it’s really yummy plain.

Happy milking!

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