Category Archives: Snacks or Sides

Apricot Delights

Between school, sports and family activities, energy bites and bars are the ideal grab and go nutritious snack.

Most of the treats or sweet snacks that are stocked in the refrigerator are made with dates.

Dates are my most favorite ingredient to use for treats or sweeter plant based goodies. I am always trying some new way of changing them up and this time I chose apricots to add to the mix. The apricots gave these bars a bit more of a fresh pep in each bite.

If you haven’t tried dates, or use them to add some sweetness to your taste buds, I highly recommend using them.

These little powerhouses are rich in fiber, potassium and have many phytonutrients. Also, they are high in sugar, however it is sugar your body can easily digest and breakdown.  Dates do not have any adverse on blood sugar or weight.  They provide beneficial improvements in triglycerides and antioxidant stress levels.  Not mention the kind of carbs you should eat.

Just like dates, apricots are packed with potassium and fiber, but are also a great source of Vitamin A. They too have a higher sugar content, but again due to its whole food natural state, the body can easily digest and keep the blood sugar from soaring like many processed snacks will do.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup raw or roasted almonds (no salt)
1/2 cup raw cashews
12 medjool or halawi dates
10 dried unsulphured apricots
1 tablespoon unsweetened dried coconut
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.

Using a food processor, add nuts and apricots.  Process until mixture is a coarse meal.

Next, add the remaining ingredients: vanilla, dates, coconut and almond butter.  Continue to process until mixture begins to stick together.  You can grab a small amount and if it sticks together, then it is ready.

Firmly press the mixture in the lined baking dish.  Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.  Cut into squares, circles, bars and enjoy.  They can be stored in the fridge for about 5 days in a sealed container wrapped in parchment paper.

 

 

 

 

 

*Cited nutritional information: Nutrition Facts.Org

Apple Salsa

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This is a recipe from way back, 2014, and it is such a great salsa for summer, for anytime really.

As you scoop this salsa into your mouth, savor the tantalizing sweet and spicy flavors that envelope the taste buds in every bite.  This delicious salsa has become my go to when attending get togethers with friends and family.

Ingredients:

1 sweet onion, chopped
2-3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, chopped (I use 3)
1 large tomato, chopped
about 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice – not stuff in container
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and chopped
2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste

apple salsa prep

Chop chop till ya drop!

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and serve with chips or crackers (I personally prefer tortilla chips)

apple salsa

How do you like them apples?

Coconut Cashew Hangry Bars

Not sure how many Lara Bars we have purchased over the years, but more than enough to have given one to everyone at a soccer tournament!  Peanut Butter Cookie and Coconut Cream Pie are the top favorites in this house.

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Fluffy Mashed Potatoes (from The Vegan8)

Oh MY! These mashers are not just for the Holidays! But the holidays are upon us, so add this to your menu!

There was never much mash potato making in our kitchen, until I tried these. We are not a family who eats a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving meal but there is a  love for mashed potatoes. Since these were so simple and flavorful, I have decided that this is definitely a recipe to be made whenever mashed potatoes are requested!

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Breakfast Muffins

These are a great back to school snack or sports snack.  Stock your freezer!

One of the first “treat” recipes I came across that the kids asked me to make after the first test was called Muffin Tops from Oh She Glows May have had something to with them liking to say the name ;)

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Nut Butter Bombs

Clearly you know by now I like treats.  Dark chocolate and dates go hand in hand. That is why these naughty by nature treats are topping my favorite list!

Sinful, maybe.  Decedent, maybe.  Heavenly, maybe.  Down right freakin amazing, heck YAASS!

Most of all, these nut butter bombs are healthy and nutritious.  They are rich, gooey, sweet and salty (if you use it for a topping) and the ideal treat to keep stocked in your freezer for banishing those sweet tooth cravings. Not to mention, one of the easiest treats to make.

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PB & Yay!

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For the longest time I have been making Kinda Like Muffins for the kids. They are the ultimate grab-n-go snack and always stocked in the freezer.  Over time they have evolved into other creations by changing up the ingredients, but always using the dates, bananas and oats as the base.

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Nature’s Candy Apples

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Alrighty, by now you have figured out that I like treats and I do my best to avoid using granulated industrial sugars of any kind.  I do use pure maple syrup and honey in some recipes and I am doing my best to reduce and eliminate those ingredients.  It is still sugar no matter how you perceive it, but a better alternative to industrial sugars. Dates are what I focus on using for added sugar.  These bites of heaven do more than satisfy a sweet tooth (and one does the trick!) they are packed with fiber, potassium, carbohydrates and magnesium that the body can digest easily.  They are great for sports, biking or running for a long duration.

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