February 24, 2012

RAW Power Bites

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One of the best things about switching to a REAL FOOD / WHOLE FOOD eating lifestyle is that I have learned to make so many of the ‘healthy’ foods that you can find on the shelves of the health foods stores!  Organic ranch dressing, organic butter, organic ghee, organic yogurt, kombucha, organic kefir, breakfast bars, power bars and energy bars – just to name a few.

Not only does this allow me to experiment in the kitchen and create even healthier versions, but I save tons of money!

For instance, have you ever bought a Larabar or Raw Revolution Food Bar?  At close to $2.00 a bar?  Yes, those!  Well, as much as I like to eat healthy and feed my kids healthy foods, I am not going to spend every cent I have just to eat good foods!  So, I had found several recipes for these types of snacks and I went to work.  Some I liked.  Others I did not.  I’ve formulated my own creations of what I like and what my kids like – and I’ll never spend another dollar on the pre-packaged bars as long as I have a food processor and access to raw nuts and dried fruit.

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The method for making these is pretty basic and will make preparing these easy.  I’ve tried throwing all the ingredients in at one time and found that I couldn’t get the final product as ‘smooth’ as I liked it.  So, following simple steps laid out by Katie Kimball from Kitchen Stewardship – this is now how I make these bites/bars!

1. In a food processor, process the nuts until it resembles a meal.  If you process too long you will end up with a nut butter – this is not what you want.  Keep it a meal, which is more flour-like.

2. Add any dried fruit you are using and process until the mix is a tad gooey and there are no large lumps remaining in the mix.  You will no longer have the ‘meal’ or ‘flour-like’ consistency after this step.

3. Add any more solid mix ins, such as chocolate chips, coconut, carob chips, raw cocoa nibs, etc.

4. With the processor running on low, slowly stream in any spices (i.e. sea salt, cinnamon, cocoa powder), oil (coconut oil) or vanilla.

You can form the mixture a couple different ways.

1. Scrape mixture into a glass dish (usually an 8×8 for one batch) and press as firmly as you can. You want it packed in tight so it’s not crumbly. Refrigerate so they can harden a bit, then cut into squares. You can line the dish with wax paper for easier removal, or you can grease with coconut oil.

2. Form mixture into balls, making sure they are packed and tight. The stickier mixes (containing honey or maple syrup) are easier to make into bars as oppose to rolling them into balls.

Refrigeration is best for freshness.

Once you make these a couple times, you start getting the hang of what you like and what combinations and ratios you like.  This is when you get to be creative!  Add ground flaxseed to them or even wheat germ to get some extra added goodness.  Oat flour is a good addition for a nuttier taste.  There are so many things you can do!

 

Here are two recipes that are great and are so quick to make.  For the simple fact of how healthy they are and what a great alternative these are for snacking – you’ll take the 5 minutes to whip them up!  As for how to shape them, I like forming them into balls because they’re easier for my kids to handle and it’s a perfect amount for them too eat.  With the bars they wouldn’t eat them all and so much got wasted.  I don’t like waste.

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Raw Power Bar Recipes

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Chocolate Coconut Power Bites
{adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s
German Chocolate Fudge Bites)
(makes 10-14 bites, depending on size)

-  3/4 cup pitted dates

-  1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-  1/8 teaspoon kosher sea salt

-  2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder (raw is great)

-  2 tablespoons raw shredded coconut

-  1/2 cup raw pecans or walnuts (I also like the taste of almonds or cashews)

-  optional add some organic dark chocolate chips

To make, follow basic instructions above.

 

Sweet and Salty Bites
(makes approximately 20-24 bites)

-  2/3 cup raw cashews (almonds taste great too)

-  1/4 cup organic raisins

-  1/4 cup pitted dates

-  1/2 cup raw shredded coconut

-  1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

-  optional, add some organic dark chocolate chips

To make, follow basic instructions above.

As a mom I make sure that these are the type of snacks we have around the house for the kids.  They satisfy the sweet tooth and are packed with protein and raw energy.  Any day of the week I would give them these over the white flour packed goldfish crackers, pre-packaged cheese and crackers, candy bars, trans-fat filled chips or any of the other junk out there that are identified as perfectly acceptable snacks for our children.

Why not whip up your own batch and start making your own creations!  You’ll never buy another $2.00 power bar again!  Well, you’d be crazy to after learning how to make your own!

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  1. Karen says:

    So many of your recipes have many different ingredients. What are the staples we should keep in our pantry? I live far enough from stores that I tend to keep a good supply of things I use daily.

    1. knewsom says:

      I really like your questions, Karen! I’m going to write a post about this for Monday. I think there are a few things that are staples for the kitchen, but it really will depend on what you and your family like to eat as to what you keep in stock all the time. For instance, I always have raw nuts, whole grain flours, oat flours, at least 2 cartons of eggs, coconut oil etc in my kithcen because I will daily use them. Of all the recipes I posted, I’ve never had to make a special trip to the store because I keep all of the stuff on hand. But, I’ve tried stocking up on stuff because I read on a blog that the person over there did – and I never used it since my family wasn’t a huge fan. I have thrown so much stuff out :o( SOOOO…I’ll do a post with what I keep in my kitchen all the time, what things are good to keep around since they don’t really spoil and talk about how I figure out what to buy in bulk and what to buy the week I need it. How often are you at the store again?

      1. Karen says:

        If I go to the “BIG BOX” stores its probably once a month.Locally there are smaller stores with very limited organic products.I do go to Amish markets in the area and of course in summer,local farmers which helps out. Of course I have 5 large raised bed gardens in my yard,along with 4 large flower gardens.(I’ll try to send you some photos, I’m not real good with a computer)Thanks for all your help!

    2. knewsom says:

      ….ps I’ll be posting the Green Smoothie post later today. I’ve been gone all morning and have a few things I want to add to it!

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