Homemade Paleo Bars

You never EVER want to be around me when I’m hungry. I start to panic and I quickly become go from super happy to crazy cranky. Not sure why this happens, but it does which means I usually always stash a snack in my bag/jacket if I’m going somewhere and I’m unsure when I’ll be back. Homemade bars to the rescue. The following bars are healthy, have very few ingredients, and are fabulous at keeping the hunger monster away. They’re also a great pre-workout snack, I always have one of these on my way home from work and pre-workout. Best part? They taste awesome!

Homemade Paleo Bars

My work partner brought some of these paleo energy bars to work for me to try and I fell in love. The only change I made to her recipe was adding some unsweetened coconut.

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup pitted dates (soak dates if they’re too hard to process)
  2. 1 cup almonds
  3. ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  4. ½ bar dark chocolate (I use 85%)
  5. ¼ cup unsweetened coconut (optional)

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Pulse almonds in food processor until you have a crumbly mixture and then place in a mixing bowl. Do the same with the chocolate and dates.

Mix all ingredients with your hands until everything holds together. You may have to add a bit of water or coconut oil if the mixture is too dry and won’t stick.

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Spread evenly at the bottom of a brownie pan that has been lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for approx. 15-20 minutes.

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Divide into squares and wrap each square in plastic wrap so they’re easy to grab & go. I suggest keeping them in the freezer since they crumble easily once they are kept at room temperature for too long.

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Happy snacking!

SB

The Return of Crisp Apples

Fall’s return has made me so excited and giddy. Although I will miss summer’s heat and ice cream dates, the beauty of Fall trumps it all. I love everything about autumn: the fashion  the colors, the weather, and, of course, the food. The trees in front of my house have already started to turn yellow, and the chilly mornings are giving me a good excuse to wear my many scarves. The best part is the return of heartwarming food. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the flavors of summer (watermelon anyone?) but I am more than ready for homemade soup, hot teas, pumpkin bread and London Fogs…all of which were made, and devoured this week.

I have a list of blogs I read every morning while I have breakfast. Most of them are healthy food blogs that have motivated me to try a slew of new recipes and ingredients. One of my faves Oh She Glows (please do yourself a favor and visit) provided the BEST Tomato Basil Cream Pasta recipe. My goal is to make one of this awesome lady’s recipes every week.

Although carb-loading is always appealing, my very favorite cold-weather calories come from homemade soup. Throwing every veggie in the fridge in a slow cooker and adding broth and spices is so easy and so yummy. End result:

What are your favorite fall recipes? I sense an apple pie will be baking in my kitchen soon…

Steph xox

When Toast Simply Won’t Do

Breakfast is my absolute favorite. I am always famished in the A.M and breakfast food is always so tasty…but can also be quite repetitive. I have never been a cereal person (unless its for a snack) and my self-diagnosed ADD means I get bored of eating the same thing for extended periods of time. So although I adore toast slathered with almond butter (I’m French, bread is a necessary part of life), some mornings require something a tad more exciting and flavorful…baked oatmeal.

Over the years, I have tried and tried to like oatmeal. Love the stuff in muffins and cookies (no one can say no to an oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie) but hate hate hate it in its traditional slimy breakfast form. I can get myself to eat alot of things that are “not so tasty” in the name of health but oatmeal is a definite no-no, so when I found a baked oatmeal recipe online that promised to taste like heaven and not be gooey I fell in love…hard!

I made this piece of heaven for the tenth time last night and decided I just had to share it…everyone should be able to have a baked oatmeal moment.

(Found multiple recipes online and incorporated bits and pieces of each to make my own).

FRUITY BAKED OATMEAL

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup and some of uncooked quick oats
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Chia Seeds
  • Hemp Hearts
  • 1.5/2 bananas thinly sliced
  • Approx. 6-10 thinly sliced strawberries (or any other fruit)
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • Agave nectar or maple syrup or honey
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped nuts (I usually use almonds)

1. Spray a baking baking dish with Pam or any other oil and preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Place sliced bananas and half of sliced strawberries in pan and then drizzle with some agave nectar (or preferred sweetener) and cinnamon (I never measure the sweetener or cinnamon, big fan of the “eyeball” method).

3. Bake, covered with aluminium foil, for 15 minutes

4. Combine oats, more cinnamon, chia seeds, hemp hearts, baking powder and your choice of nuts in one bowl. In another, whisk almond milk with the egg, vanilla extract and some more sweetener if you desire.

5. Once banana/strawberry dish is out, pour dry mixture over top (as evenly as possible) followed by the wet mixture (make sure all oats are covered, use more almond milk if necessary).Place the remaining strawberries on top with any other fruit you wish to add (I chose blueberries) and more chopped nuts. Bake, uncovered for 30-40mins.

6. Let cool, drizzle with maple syrup (extra points if its from Quebec) and enjoy!

I promise you will love me, and the smell of your house as its baking.

Steph