superfood trail mix.

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I’m finding a hard time finding a trail mix I can eat that doesnt have any refined sugars added. It seems the chocolate or the dried fruit always have added sugar. Here’s a great trail mix you can make on your own – feel free to customized it with your own favorite ingredients, but this is what I came up with on hand!

1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup coconut chips
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup cocao nibs

Store in a mason jar.

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banana trail mix muffins.

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Wow. These muffins are some of the best I have ever made.

They are super easy to customize to your liking – you and mix and match all kinds of ways. And without any added refined sugar, they are pretty healthy too!

I found the recipe here.

Here’s what I used:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup or agave if you don’t eat honey)
  • 1 egg replacer
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Stir in 1/2 cup shredded coconut, then add your mixins (pecans, chocolate chips, etc)
  3. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, mashed banana, honey, egg replacer and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour the batter into your prepared muffin tin and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup coconut. To
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes.

Other mixins:

  • 1/3 cup chopped candied ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried cherries or cranberries

Sky is the limit!

no bake granola bars.

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I’m always looking for something healthy and satisfying to eat as my mid morning snack. This recipe for these granola bars looked healthy and fairly easy, so I gave them a try. They came together in no time and were delicious! Just what I needed!

  • 1 cup packed dates, pitted (deglet nour or medjool)
  • ¼ cup honey (or sub maple syrup or agave)
  • ¼ cup creamy salted natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1½ cups rolled oats
  • optional additions: chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, banana chips, vanilla, etc.
Instructions
  1. Process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a “dough” like consistency.
  2. Optional step: Toast your oats in a 350 degree oven for 15-ish minutes or until slightly golden brown. Otherwise, leave them raw – I just prefer the toasted flavor.
  3. Place oats, almonds and dates in a bowl – set aside.
  4. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, breaking up the dates to disperse throughout.
  5. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to an 8×8 dish or other small pan lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper so they lift out easily.
  6. Press down until uniformly flattened. Cover with parchment or plastic wrap, and let set in fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  7. Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. I kept mine in the freezer to keep them extra fresh, but it isn’t necessary.

 

136. no bake energy bites.

Since we are pretty much packed up, there isn’t much I can make these days. But these no bake bites were pretty easy to throw together and help us have something to snack on in between all the packing and moving!

This recipe is extremely versatile, so change it up! Here’s where i found it originally.

No-Bake Energy Bites
 1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.