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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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!

 

Homemade Yogurt

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Probiotics are expensive! Did you know you can grow your own? Yogurt is a great source. Fermenting vegetables is another.

Making your own yogurt is easy, and cost effective.

Ingredients..

Your favorite milk, (I use organic whole milk), and yogurt with active cultures.

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Put the milk in a pan, in this batch I made almost a gallon. It keeps a long time.

Heat the milk to 180 degrees, stirring to keep it from scalding. This kills off the bad bacteria.

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Cool the milk to 110 degrees. 110 is the right temp for the healthy bacteria to grow (probiotics).

Add 1/4 cup of yogurt with active cultures per half gallon of milk. I have about a 1/2 cup here. Add some warm milk to the yogurt, and gently stir.

(After your first batch, just use some from the last batch.)

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Add the mix to the rest of the milk.

Put the yogurt in glass containers, and then into a cooler, with a bottle of hot tap water.

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Cover the whole thing with a blanket.

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Leave for 12 hours undisturbed. This makes a very thick yogurt like Greek. If you want it thinner, start checking it at around 8 hours.

I like mine as is. You could add sweetener, and/or vanilla. Cinnamon is also good.

Let me know how it goes!

 

From Garden to table, chive dip.

I love eating out of the garden, fresh chives are so tasty!

I’m all about looking to see what I have, and creating something yummy out of it,

Cream cheese, and chives, there are nut crackers, sounds good.

1/4 container of the cream cheese, chopped chives, black olives, fresh oregano, a little garlic, and I used the immersion blender.

I then added chopped artichoke hearts, and a few fresh basil leaves.

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It was SO GOOD!

 

 

Gluten Free Pear Upside Down Cake with Warm Butter Sauce

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In response to earlier post, I made a gluten free, lower carb, good for diabetic substitute for apple upside down cake, with warm butter sauce. It came out a cross between an apple pancake, and the apple cake. Since I have Asian Pears coming out of my garden, I used those instead of apples.
Core and slice the fruit in a pan like this. I added coconut oil, and Brown rice syrup, and cinnamon, then baked for 10 minutes at 400 F.

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While that’s cooking, warm 1/2 cup milk, and 2 eggs to room temp, by placing them in a warm water bath.

Mix 1/4 cup rive flour, 1/4 cup coconut flour, the milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, and sweetener of choice (Stevia for me). Beat eggs, then add to mixture. Don’t over beat, just enough to mix it. Pour over cooked pears. Bake 400 until browned, about 18 minutes.

While that is cooking…

Sauce

Blend over low heat, 1 stick butter 2 TbLs. Flour, when the butter is melted, SLOWLY add 1 cup of boiling water, cook until thick. Add sweetener of chioce, and a sprinkle of Nutmeg.

Note: If the heat is to high, or you add the water to fast, it will break.
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My Mom’s Recipe Apple Upside Down Cake with Warm Butter Sauce.

My brother asked for this, so I figured I’d share it here.

Cake

Peel and slice apples, and place them on the bottom of a greased, and floured pan, then just add a yellow cake mix batter. I don’t remember if she used cinnamon, I do.

Sauce

Blend over low heat, 1 stick butter 2 TbLs. Flour, when the butter is melted, SLOWLY add 1 cup of boiling water, cook until thick. Add 2 TbLs. sugar, and a sprinkle of Nutmeg.

Note: If the heat is to high, or you add the water to fast, it will break. Image

 

Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I have Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, and Rhubarb, in my yard. I bought the Strawberries at the farmers market. Jam is so easy to make! Just sweeten, and cook. I used Stevia, but not that much.Image
Next I made almond Flour in the Vitamix, dry container.
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On the right is a white flour, and sugar recipe. On the left is the one I made up for me. It is Gluten, and sugar free. Great for diabetics. Lots of protein, and low carb.
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Regular recipe
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/peanut-butter-and-jelly-bars-recipe/index.html
My recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease pan approx. 4X6 a small casserole dish would work.

Mix
4 Tbs. butter (Coconut oil would also be wonderful)
4 Tbs. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg

Add
2/3 cup Almond Flour
2/3 cup Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp. baking poweder
Stevia to sweetness desired (I used 4 drops)

Mix with fork or hands until it’s crumbly.

Spread 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan and spread over the bottom. Spread the jam evenly over the dough.

Drop small globs of the remaining dough evenly over the jam. Don’t worry if all the jam isn’t covered; it will spread in the oven. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts, and oats, and bake for 35 minutes, until golden brown.

For dessert, you could add no unsweetened, or Stevia sweetened whipped cream.
For breakfast you could add unsweetened Greek yogurt.