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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

Easy Chickpea Salad

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I have been squeezing lemons and limes on my salads lately for a quick and easy dressing on these warm summer days.  Lemons and limes not only bring out flavor, they provide some benefits to the body.  They are and excellent source of Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, are an antioxidant, and help aid in digestion.  All the more reason to squeeze freshness into your food.

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Blender Pancakes

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Since some mornings can be more hectic than others, who is a fan of anything quick to make and easy to clean up?

ME! ME! ME!…

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Tacos with Sweet Potato Wedges

Our family tends to eat our fair share of beans and legumes, rice, millet or quinoa and veggies all mixed together in some form.  I love that they offer versatility, are filling yet satisfying and full of yummy goodness our active bodies thrive on. These ingredients haven’t failed me and adding different mixes of spices to them gives them a variety in taste.  Sometimes potatoes are added as well. Whether we packed them in a tortilla, fill a taco or toss in a bowl, some of our favorite meals are created with these staples.

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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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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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Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

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Sweet potato??? really??? was my first thought when I came across this ice cream recipe. I was very intrigued by it because of the ingredients… ONLY 4 INGREDIENTS!!! Now who wouldn’t want to make this??

I have had great success with Brandi at The Vegan 8 recipes which was another reason to test this one. Well we have been blessed with another heat wave :( and we want something cool and sweet. I typically do not use coconut milk, but with this being ice cream, I felt it would be necessary for the full creaminess effect.

After I had blended everything (which BTW, you just put it all in a blender, so easy!) I had to taste test. Um, well I could have kept taste testing, this stuff is seriously delish! so I can only imagine how it will be when it is ready to come out of the freezer… DEVINE!!

Yup, that is sweet potato and dark chocolate!

Yup, that is sweet potato and dark chocolate!

 

Even though the coconut milk adds fat, it isn’t very much compared to the cream in packaged ice cream.  The processed fat and dairy which comes with a price to your health.

Our bodies can digest this easier as it is plant based. The sweet potato is loaded with Fiber, Vitamin A (Beta-Carotene), Vitamin C, Vitamin B-6, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and also has protein and carbs, all of which come from the natural source. All the more reason to splurge once in a while with a cold treat!

 

Waiting for the chocolate to melt.

Waiting for the chocolate to melt.

 

Ingredients you will need: Serves about 4 cups

Canned coconut milk (you can use light coconut milk) be sure to shake before opening
Dairy free chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels
Cooked mashed and packed sweet potato (not yams)
Pure vanilla extract
Sea salt

 

Recipe here: The Vegan 8 – click here for recipe

 

Directions:

Cook the sweet potato however you prefer. I used a microwave because I want to make this quick and I was excited to get it in the freezer :) If you choose to bake it, bake at 400 degree F with skin on until soft. Do not steam or boil it.

Once the potato has cooled, peel and mash it really well. No lumps or skin. Pack it into 3/4 cup and add it to the blender.

Continue with adding the vanilla, coconut milk and salt. But do not blend yet.

Melt your chocolate chips your preferred method. Be sure to not get the chips too hot as they will burn easy and will be useless. Also try not to eat all the chocolate ;) I used my setting on my microwave, heat for about 15 seconds then stir and heat again until about 90% is melted then remove and continue to stir until all chips are melted.

Add the melted chocolate to the blender, scraping every bit of chocolate you can from the bowl into the blender.

Adding the melted chocolate to the blender

Adding the melted chocolate to the blender

 

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Taste test, and adjust if needed. I didn’t add anything extra to it, it tasted amazing just as is and I could have kept tasting it!

I poured mine into an ice cream storage container as I do not have an ice cream maker. If you have an ice cream maker, use it! Using the storage container, be sure to return every 30 minutes to stir to get your desired consistency. Best to set a timer for 30 minutes as a reminder and it may take at least 2-3 hours to get it to set.

Now it may not last long enough to be in the freezer overnight, but if you do have some just take it out to thaw for about 20-30 minutes to soften. Also, remember every time the ice cream is removed, thawed, and then put back in the freezer, ice crystals form. My guess is that there won’t be much to worry about that. You could always pour it in individual containers for single servings.

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Creamy Fudgesicles

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It is hot and anything cold is being shoved in our mouths. The kids wanted to make popsicle’s. That typically means they make a smoothie and pour it in the popsicle molds.  Well I had chocolate on the mind, so I talked them into making fudgesicles and my sales pitch worked :)  These were super easy to make, like less than 10 minutes if you have all the ingredients handy.  Freezing time took longer than I expected so I advise making them early in the day for that evening or the night before. They were worth the wait, creamy rich chocolatey coolness.

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