Mini Raw Energy Bars (Raw, Vegan)

I have been meaning to make these for a while now and I am SO happy that I did!

These are honestly TOO good…I have to restrain myself from creeping into the fridge and digging into the delicious stash.  If you have ever had a Larabar, these are pretty much a DIY version.

Oh, and they take almost no time at all to whip up!  Be warned… 😉

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 c medjool dates, pitted (about 12 large)

1 c raw cashews

1/2 c raw almonds

1/2 raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/2 c almond butter

2 tbsp water

Juice of one Lime

You will need parchment paper for storing separating the bars so that they don’t stick together.

Nutrition Facts (Calculated based on the recipe divided into 20 bars):

Serving size: 1 bar

10.35 g Total Fat (Healthy fat!)

162.7 calories

10.5 g sugar (natural sugar!)

4.8 g protein

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Combine all ingredients in your food processor.  (Nuts and seeds first, followed by dates, almond butter, water, and lime juice)

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Pulse until mixture starts to stick and lump together.

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Remove mixture from the food processor and form into a large mound on a nonstick 1-inch deep baking sheet.  (You can use any glass or nonstick tray that you have on hand)

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Pack and form the mixture into a rectangle.  Be sure that you pack it nice and tight so that it sticks together.

Place tray in freezer for 10 minutes to allow mixture to set.

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Remove from freezer and score with a knife into 20 bars.  Pop tray into the fridge to cool and set for 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes, separate the individual bars and wrap with parchment paper to prevent them from sticking together.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

I wouldn’t worry about spoiling because I assure you they won’t last long enough haha

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These bars are great for after a workout, as a quick grab and go breakfast, or for a 3pm crash snack and energy booster.

You can also use this same recipe to make energy balls.  Simply form into bite size balls and store in the freezer.

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Someone needs to stop me from eating the whole batch now….please?

I hope you enjoy this raw, vegan deliciousness!!!

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Strawberry Banana Bliss Smoothie

This is an old fave that I used to make when I first tested the waters of the smoothie world before I was brave enough to experiment…

It is super simple, creamy and yummy!

Of course I had to throw a little kale into old faithful to give it a little green power!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 c fresh strawberries

1 frozen banana

1/2 c kale

1/2 unsweetened coconut milk (beverage)

Optional:  1 tsp honey, 1 additional banana to make it extra creamy

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until thick and creamy.

Pour into a glass and enjoy this sweet delicious treat 🙂

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Mmmm…

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Vegan Lunch Bowl

This is the ultimate in easy to put together.  So long as you have the right ingredients on hand.  Things like pre chopped kale, beans, guacamole, shredded carrot and beet.

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With minimal prep time, this bowl takes minutes to throw together and will leave you full and satisfied.

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Ingredients:

Guacamole

Organic black beans

Chopped kale

Grape Tomatoes

Shredded carrot

Shredded beet

Sprouts

Top with:  Drizzle of avocado oil, fresh lemon or lime juice sea salt, pepper, red pepper flakes

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I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious vegan bowl of goodness!

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Get Your Green On Smoothie

As per usual, I am always trying to cram more greens into my diet.  The easiest way to do it?  Hide them in a green smoothie!

Sure, it isn’t the prettiest hue of the rainbow, but I assure you it tastes mighty delicious.

This particular smoothie contains a combination of greens:  Kale, Baby Spinach and Romaine Lettuce, all in one place 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 c almond milk

3/4 c kale, stems removed (chopped)

Handful spinach

1 leaf romaine lettuce

1 pear, cored and chopped

1/4 avocado

4 large strawberries

1-2 medjool dates, pitted

3-4 Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into cup or mug of choice and serve immediately if possible.

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I hope you enjoy this nutrient packed green smoothie and have a wonderful day! 🙂

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Road’s End Organics Gluten-Free Dairy-Free “Mac & Chreese”

I am a little embarrassed to say that this was our dinner last night. lol  It is lacking in the veggie department, but sometimes you just gotta have it!

I really do love Mac and Cheese..I won’t lie.  But I really cannot bring myself to ingest  a regular delicious bowl of the stuff filled with nonsense that my body doesn’t need.

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I found this boxed mix from Road’s End Organics which is free from Dairy, Gluten, Soy, Lactose, and Cholesterol.  I decided to try out the Penne & Chreese version.

It is made with rice pasta and the Dairy Free “Chreese” is made from mainly Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Tapioca Starch, Enriched Nutritional Yeast (nutritional yeast), and Organic Green Lentil Flour.  Interesting!

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We weren’t sure about how mac & cheeselike this would taste, but once we added the “sauce” it started to smell pretty good.

VERDICT:  I wouldn’t say this is comparable to the flavour of traditional mac & cheese but it definitely hit the spot and it was actually very delicious!

Although tasty, it is not cheap at $5.99  a box!  But it did yield quite a bit of product, so in the scheme of things, I suppose it isn’t bad for a decently healthy dinner from a box in minutes.  I would purchase it again to have in the pantry for a day where I am craving and lazy!

STEP BY STEP:

First, we cooked the rice pasta for about 6 minutes and rinsed it with cool water.

Next, add the “chreese” dry mix packet to the pot along with about 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk and a little bit o Ghee.  Whisk until smooth.

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Add the pasta back in and coat well with the “Chreese”.  You’re pretty much done and ready to serve.

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I threw in some grilled chicken breast, fresh cracked black pepper, and pumpkin seeds for a bit of a crunch.  

I was seriously tempted to add a huge handful of baby spinach and mix it in, BUT I was all out!  Darn!!  Next time for sure…

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I am always glad to share my opinion and hopefully this will help others to discover a new and interesting healthier version of  a cult fave!

Let me know if you try it out and what you think!

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