High Protein Granola Bars

These are like candy, but oh so good for you! I’ve been tweaking the recipes for a year, and this batch is by far the best! I’ll add more variations as I make them.

First, about the ingredients. These are not cheap to make, but trust me, it’s worth the cost! Some of the ingredients are not easy to find, but I found them all in one place                  Lucky Vitamin.

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You can also get the cocoa nibs from Lucky Vitamin.

This is for 2 batches. I usually make 2 batches at the same time with variations. These 2 are Almond Joy, and Turtle, although I put coconut in both.

Bottom Layer

2 Cups Chopped Nuts

2 Cups Oatmeal

7oz. Cocoa Butter

6 Tbs. Coconut Butter

6 Tbs. Ground Cocoa Nibs (you could also use cocoa powder)

2 tsp. Vanilla

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You don’t need a fancy double boiler! Just use glass, not plastic.

Melt Cocoa Butter, Coconut Butter, in double boiler. Since I was making 2 kinds, I used 2 measuring cups, one for each.

Add cocoa, and vanilla.

Chop the nuts, and put them in parchment lined pans.

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Add oatmeal right on top of the nuts, don’t mix.

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Pour melted mix over as evenly as possible.

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Put that in the freezer while you work on the top half.

Top Layer

3/4 cup brown rice syrup

1 cup nut butter (I used 1/2 cup each of peanut, and almond)

1 cup coconut ( or and dried fruit)

2 Tbs. ground flax seeds

4 cups puffed rice (like rice crispies)

Sweet drop flavor to taste. I used 1/2 tsp or less in each, I think they were perfect, my son said not sweet enough. I used caramel with pecans and peanut butter, and coconut with almonds, and almond butter.

Melt nut butter, and brown rice syrup in double boiler. after you take it off the heat, add sweet drops.

Put all the rest of the ingredients in bowls, 1 for each batch.

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Pour melted brown rice mixture over dry ingredients.

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Mix well.

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Pour over frozen first layer. Place wax paper, of parchment paper over top, and press evenly.

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Freeze again. It doesn’t take long, 20-30 minutes.

They pop of pan easy.

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Leave out for 10 minutes to soften the bottom a bit.

I find easiest to score the bottom, and cut from the top.

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Put in zip lock bags, and keep in the freezer. I love them frozen!

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Are you throwing these away?

If you are buying organic Romaine lettuce, celery, or scallions, you have plants!

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I just put them in water on the counter until I’m ready to get them in the greenhouse.

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I read these will grow with just water, but I add half dirt, then fill with water.

They will go to the garden at some point, but for now, they are happy here in the greenhouse.

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I use canning jars, since I won’t be looking for them until the fall anyway.

Sprouted Raisin Bread Pudding Recipe

Ingredients :

2 pieces sprouted raisin bread (great way to use the crusts)

4 eggs

1 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla

coconut crystals, or maple syrup (I used 2 tsp. coconut crystals, but I don’t like to sweet, you might want more)

sprinkle of Cinnamon, and or nutmeg

2-3 servings

Start with your eggs right in your casserole dish, beat then add all ingredients except cinnamon and nutmeg. The bread can be either cubed or ripped. I toasted mine because it came right out of the freezer.

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Stir, and add cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Place casserole into a lager pan, filled with water. This will keep the temp consistent throughout.

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I put whipped cream, and chia seeds on top.

Dessert, breakfast, or brunch. Hot or cold.

I’m diabetic, so I’m always trying to mix a good amount of protein, to slow the carb intake down, and decrease sugar spikes. Cinnamon is also good for blood glucose control.

 

Banana Oatmeal ‘Pancakes’

I’ve been talking about this with my massage clients, so I figured I’d post it.

I originally made these at a camping event. We were in charge of breakfast for about 40, and had a huge pot of leftover oatmeal. I was skimming the crusty bits off the top, and my friend Nancy said, “Why don’t we fry that, like polenta?”.

We had bananas, and cinnamon! It was so good, I keep making it.

Fry bananas in coconut oil.

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Add oatmeal. (This is great with leftovers)

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Sprinkle with cinnamon.

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The banana, and cinnamon are the sweetener you need.

Recipe ~ Raspberry, Chocolate, Cheesecake Granola Bars

 

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I’ll make these again, and update with more pics, and measurements. For now, I can give you estimates.

The bottom layer, or crust, is crushed pecan (about 1/2 cup) with edible chocolate body butter. I melted the body butter, and added the pecans in a parchment lined 6 X 9 pan.

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Next layer, the cheesecake, 8oz cream cheese, 1 egg, tsp. vanilla, and Tbs. Coconut crystals. Spoon on crust, and spread gently.

Next layer, Raspberry jam. (From my garden, canned last season.) Any jam would work, but mine is sweetened with just a little honey, not sugar.

Top layer, about a 1/2 cup almond butter, about 1/3 cup coconut oil/palm oil melted, about 1 cup oatmeal, about 2 Tbs. coconut crystals, about 3 Tbs. coconut flour, about 1/2 cup raspberry jam. Mix until smooth, and spoon unevenly over top.

Bake 350 for 30 minutes.

I freeze my granola bars. This recipe is good to eat, hot, frozen, and room temp!

 

What to with Kambucha that tastes like Vinegar.

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Use it recipes in that call for vinegar.

My Kambucha got away from me!

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Add Green tomatoes…

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I used this Green Tomato Pickle Recipe.

And substituted Kambucha for Vinegar. I did not cook the tomatoes, I like them crunchy.

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Zesty Sprouts.

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And oven roasted red Cherry Tomatoes.

Dressing:

1/2 Kambucha vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 honey, tsp. Mustard seeds, crushed.

I Love Growing Sprouts!

I’m amazed at how easy it is to sprout, once you get over the initial,’ I don’t know anything about it’. I failed at my first 2 attempted, but a friend encouraged me to keep trying, and I’m so glad I did!

Sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables, allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat.

Both the quality of the protein and the fiber content of beans, nuts, seeds and grains improves when sprouted.

The content of vitamins and essential fatty acids also increase dramatically during the sprouting process. Depending on the sprout, the nutrient content can increase as much as 30 times the original value within just a few days of sprouting.

I miss gardening in the winter. It’s an easy way to grow food in a jar, on your counter.

Most people think bean sprouts, but beans are just one type of seed that can be sprouted. I’m selling 5 kinds at the moment, so I’ll show you those.

French Garden Mix- Clover, Arugula, Cress, Radish, Fenugreek, and Dill.

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Easy, delicious, and fast. It’s a small sprout mixture great on chips and hummus. I also love it on a wrap in place of lettuce.

Zesty Mix- Clover, Fenugreek, and radish.

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Mung Bean- These are the bean sprouts you buy in the store. I like these for Chinese dishes, salads, and stir fry.

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Carnival Sprout Mix- Green, Speckled, Marrowfat, Tiny Mottled Bill Jump & Yellow Peas.

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Peasant – Green, French blue, Crimson, Black, Eston, Pardina, White, and Red Chief Lentils.

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These mixes are all done all in a jar.

Soak for 8-12 hours in water, then rinse every 8-12 hours for 4 days.

Buckwheat Lettuce

My new favorite! I love them in place of lettuce.

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Soak in water for 8-12 hours
Rinse and drain well every 8-12 hours 2-3 Days
Plant in shallow dirt. Ready in 8-12 days.

Diabetes and Candida (yeast infections)

This is meant to be simple, from a diabetic, not a doctor.

Diabetics do not make (type 1), or do make enough (type 2) insulin. Insulin is a hormone that takes the sugar, starches, and other food, and converts it to energy. Without insulin, a type one diabetic would starve, even if eating. The sugar is trapped in the blood, and unusable.

Because it takes time for the insulin we take as diabetics to work, sugar stays in the blood longer. Sugar feeds yeast.

In my opinion as a diabetic, eliminating as much sugar, and starch as possible, and adding Probiotics (friendly bacteria) are the best defense.

Probiotics pills are expensive. I’ve stopped buying the expensive pills, and started making my own yogurt, fermenting vegetables, and extracting oils from herbs.

Pondering Independence.

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freedomI woke up this morning pondering Independence Day, and what that means to me.

Pondering what my life would feel like Independent.

I’m remembering getting divorced, the second time, wondering what it would be like to be completely independent, and creating how I want to feel completely.

Where do I see it most, today? 12 years later.

It all about how it feels for me.

I move in the direction of feels good.

I do what I want, when I want.

I know I can.

I don’t have to disappoint myself. I CAN focus on me.

I create my experience.

Others are interested in things I’m interested in. I like talking about it with them. I like feeling it with them.

I love feeling sexy.

I love growing food I eat. I love cooking for myself, as if I’m royalty. I love gardening. I love that my shamanic work continues in my garden. I love alone time. I love my imagination. I love creating art. I love the internet, and how connected I feel. I love how easy it is to share ideas. I love being in a good mood. I love loving.

Your Subconscious mind will now go there for you.

In the direction of your ideal Independent Self, 12 years later.

Just allow the pondering.

Just allow the future you, to project the images in your imagination.

Let it be easy.

Let it be fun.

Let it be an Independence Day Gift from your Future Self.

Let your inner child play with images.

Relax, and Receive the feelings.

When images start to appear, let it be interesting.

Ponder with me.

 

Garden to table, just a few berries.

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Can I excite you with just a few berries from the garden? First of the red, and black raspberries. The black berries will be another week or so. What do you do with just a few?

I didn’t grow the Cantaloupe, or Mango. I bought them from the fruit guy at the Hadley Flea Market.

Berry sauce I made with last year (lasted through the year!).

Topped with homemade yogurt, and granola.

Flowers picked for this photo!