Desserts

Raw Pistachio Orange Bites

Another quick, easy alternative to store-bought energy bars. These Raw Pistachio Orange Bites are made in minutes and with minimal ingredients. They are a great lunch box or on-the-go snack.

That is if your child’s school hasn’t banned nuts like my daughter’s school did this year. I have mixed feelings about this. In a way I am thankful that schools are acknowledging and addressing food sensitivities but I am amazed that they are not addressing gluten and dairy intolerances as well. It’s true that nut allergies are potentially more life threatening than other food intolerances, but gluten and dairy sensitivities are far more prevalent.

According to this article, only 1.1 percent of children and 0.5 percent of adults have a tree nut allergy versus 2.5 percent of children have a cow’s milk allergy, but if between 6% and 7% of the population is affected with gluten sensitivity, why aren’t schools addressing that? And what about banning foods that cause other health concerns like food dyes and HFCS? What if they banned processed foods all together and forced parents to buy and prepare real food? I will dream on!

For other energy bar ideas try my apple cinnamon or apricot chia bar

Paleo Energy Bar

Ingredients:

1/2 cup or raw shelled pistachio nuts
1/2 cup of raw almonds
1/4 cup of fruit sweetened dried cranberries
2-3 tsp of orange zest
10 – 12 pitted dates (about 1/2 cup)
1-2 tbsp of orange juice
Finely chopped pistachios to garnish

Preparation:

  • In a food processor blend the pistachios, dates, almonds, orange zest and orange juice until a paste is formed. Start by adding only 1 tsp of orange juice and increase the amount only if the paste isn’t sticking together or is too dry.
  • Pulse in the cranberries for a few seconds until they are mixed in and coarsely chopped.
  • Make small balls with this paste and roll them over the chopped pistachios.
  • Store in the refrigerator
Raw Pistachio Orange Bites
Recipe Type: Snacks
Cuisine: Paleo Raw
Author: Edible Harmony
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup or raw shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup of fruit sweetened dried cranberries
  • 2-3 tsp of orange zest
  • 10 – 12 pitted dates (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 tbsp of orange juice
  • Finely chopped pistachios to garnish
Instructions
  1. In a food processor blend the pistachios, almonds, orange zest and orange juice until a paste is formed. Start by adding only 1 tsp of orange juice and increase the amount only if the paste isn’t sticking together or is too dry.
  2. Pulse in the cranberries for a few seconds until they are mixed in and coarsely chopped.
  3. Make small balls with this paste and roll them over the chopped pistachios.
  4. Store in the refrigerator

 

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Desserts · Vegetarian

Apple Pie Energy Bar

One of my daughter’s favorite snacks just got a lot cheaper!!

A friend of ours visited us from Australia and fell in love with Apple Larabars; she couldn’t find them back home and asked me to try to come up with a recipe for a similar bar. This one is pretty darn close.

Kat, I hope you like these.

Ingredients:

3/4 cups of dried apples
3/4 cups of pitted dates (about 18)
1/2 cup of raisins (sultanas)
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 1/2 – 2 tsp of ground cinnamon

Preparation:

  • In a food processor combine the apples, dates, raisins and cinnamon and blend for a couple of minutes¬†¬†until a ball is formed.
  • Add the walnuts and blend until the walnuts are chopped to desired sized.
  • Press firmly onto a piece of parchment paper forming a large rectangle about 1/2 inch wide.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  • Cut into desired shape.

Makes about 6-7 bars.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator

 

Breakfast · Desserts · Vegetarian

Apricot Chia Bars

Don’t be discouraged by the long list of ingredients in this recipe, if buy them and you follow my blog, you will find plenty of recipes to use the remaining nuts and seeds. I have them in my cupboard so I will find a use for them later

Easy to make, raw, all natural, rich in protein, calcium, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, sweet and tasty … here is how an energy bar should be made

Ingredients:

1/3 cup of raw sesame seeds
2/3 cup of raw cashews
1/3 cup of  chia seeds
2/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
12 dates (about 1/2 cup)
25 dried apricots (about 1 cup)
1 tbsp of  cacao butter or coconut oil
2 tsp of vanilla extract
4 tsp of orange zest ( grated orange peel)
1-2 tsp of orange juice
1/4 tsp of salt

Instructions:

  • In a food processor  start by blending the chia seeds for 20 seconds or  until they get somewhat powdery.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients except the coconut and blend until creamy (this will take several minutes)
  • Add the coconut and hit the pulse button a few  times to mix.
  • Spread and flatten the dough on parchment paper to 1 inch thick.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Cut into bars or squares.

 

Store in the fridge in an airtight container