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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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Coconut Cashew Hangry Bars

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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.  I decided that it was time to make them as it was getting challenging to find them on sale and it was just getting a bit expensive to purchase them regularly.  But I had to be sure I could make them for less than I was purchasing them.  Dates are pricey and I managed to find some at an acceptable price but I am still searching for a bulk source. (if you know any, please LMK :)   Also, I wanted to add other ingredients that provide more vitamins and minerals.  Proportions are not my expertise, but if I didn’t try I would never figure it out.  After a couple batches, I finally got the desired texture/substance ratio.  Then it was getting the add ins to the right measurements so it wouldn’t change the texture too much.  Let’s just say we had a lot of samples in the kitchen.

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Raw Cookies

There are so many variations to making raw cookies and I play around with ingredients often to see what we like.  This recipe is lightening fast and super easy to make. It does have nuts in it and since we are a family who eats nuts, I have not experimented with other ingredients. This took me less than 10 minutes to whip up and scoop out and put in the fridge. They are filled with wholesome ingredients to provide balanced nutrition as a treat, after school snack, 3:00 work lull, workout fuel, these are ready to consume for any occasion. Best of all, there is no oil, no dairy, no eggs, no salt, no butter, no refined processed sugars… AWESOMENESS!!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cream Bars

We have been hit with another heat wave so the oven is not something I want to use at the moment. Which is a bummer because I have some muffin and granola recipes I wanted to test to get ready for back to school, those will have to be put on hold for a cool evening. I have been busy with extra kids during the week at our house and haven’t had much time in the kitchen so it was nice to have a little break to put some recipes to the test. I had picked up some zucchini at the local farmers market for some dinners as well as the muffins but  those were put on hold. I began looking for something else to use them in. We all wanted a treat, but a cool treat. Thanks to Brandi of The Vegan 8, we found something that would hit the spot.

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Blueberry Oat Muffins

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The girls have been asking for muffins and I just haven’t had it in me lately to use the oven when it is 98 degrees outside.  Because of the heat, it leaves me with baking at 6 AM or 9 PM when it cools down and I have put other things ahead of baking the muffins. So this morning I was up quite early and did my morning routine of Headspace, posture stretches and a cardio workout as today was a day off from running. I threw in some laundry and headed to the kitchen. I had gathered a couple recipes that I was contemplating on making and I had some ingredients for one, but not all and the same for the other recipes. I decided to compile them and use what I had and came up with a recipe I felt would work. Best part is there is not oil or refined sugar! Away I went mixing and baking. I managed to only do one batch of 12 because it was starting to warm up and I didn’t want the oven on much longer.  The rest will be made tonight or early tomorrow so they can be fresh and ready to eat for breakfast or for a snack.

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Taco Salad

What I enjoy about this recipe is that it will go with greens, taco shells, tortillas or nachos depending on what you are in the mood for. Our family prefers eating it with greens. Ingredients: Taco Meat: 1/2 cup walnuts, soaked in water for about 4 hours 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/2 tsp cumin