SEE BARS – Super Easy Energy Bars: This is my new fruit and nut bars with a bit of chocolate. Cut them in bars for a trail snack to keep your energy up, or cut bite size pieces for a small snack. However you roll, these bars are a perfect punch! SEE the difference in taste by using the best ingredients and making the bar yourself; SEE the savings in not buying prepackaged goods!
*Use natural cocoa, as it is higher in fat, tastes better, and will provide more energy. *Use a high quality 85% chocolate and no less than 70% *Look for juice sweetened dried fruit. Not absolutely necessary, but I think they taste better and you avoid processed sugar.
Since I don’t eat many sweets these days, usually just a square of 85% chocolate a day, I get a craving for a proper dessert now and then. I came up with this idea through experimenting with an uncooked chocolate oat ball that didn’t hold together as planned, and well, it evolved into a little frozen banana “ice cream” pie that is quite nice and fixed my sweet tooth right up!
(In the picture, the small bowl is the crumbs before baking, then the crust and the final dessert.)
I actually ate this for breakfast this morning, as I had to be sure my experiment was a success before I posted the recipe. Some one has to make these kinds of sacrifices! Bananas, oats, cocoa….pretty nutritious!
I started with 3/4 cup of old fashioned oats, 2 Tbs natural cocoa, 2 Tbs real maple syrup (I think raw honey would work too) and 1/4 cup of raw almond butter. Mix this together with a fork. It should be sticky enough to hold together in a ball, but crumble easily.
Divide among four ramekins. Press into layer that covers the bottom. Bake at 375 for ten minutes. Remove and cool.
While crust is baking, peel three bananas and place in food processor. Add 3 Tbs chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond, soy, hemp or coconut milk. If you don’t have the vanilla milk, add 1/2 tsp of real vanilla flavor to the mix. Process until smooth.
Place banana mixture in freezer for thirty minutes while crust cools. Remove from freezer, stir and divide banana among the four ramekins with crust. Freeze until firm. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving. I froze mine overnight and had to let it set for 30 minutes before eating. If you make ahead, just pull out of the freezer when you sit down to dinner and they should be perfect by the end of the meal.
I love granola, but store bought varieties are full of fat and sugar. Recently, I had a real crave though, and decided to give a go at making my own. I decided to try just a small batch and the skillet seemed like the easiest way to throw this together. I pulled a few nuts and sunflower seeds from my freezer, added some oats, spices, coconut oil and honey and made a delicious toasty granola. If you want to make this in larger quantities, you might want to throw it on a cookie sheet instead and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for maybe ten to fifteen minutes, stirring at least once and checking to be sure it doesn’t get too brown. Once finished and cool, add 2 Tbs of unsweetened coconut flakes. Serve 2 Tbs on a bowl of fresh fruit or oatmeal.
Also great as a small snack. So here’s the recipe: