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Homemade Lara Bar Balls

ingredients for lara bar ballsOMG ya’ll.  On a whim, I just made homemade Lara bar “balls” based loosely on this recipe from this fabulous site by Chocolate-Covered Katie: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/08/12/hot-fudge-brownie-larabars/. I am not the kind of person who has a ton of time on her hands or wants to make things at home when I can get them conveniently prepackaged at the store.  However, I have been wanting to try this forever.  AND IT WAS SO EASY.  Here’s what I did:

Homemade Lara Bar Balls
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. package of organic medjool dates (do not forget to pit, for pete’s sake)
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 1 pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 T melted coconut oil
  • 3 dashes of cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Blend in vitamix, may need to add a few drops of water to mix evenly. Roll into balls and BOOM. Store in the refrigerator.

They are like candy!  Next time I may try to form them into bars but I like the idea of popping these into my mouth when I need a burst of energy or something sweet.

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The Food Babe’s Sugar Cookies…With a Twist

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So I was perusing the food babe’s website earlier (shocking) looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth.  I don’t crave sweets often but every now and then a girl needs some sugar!  I challenged myself to attempt the below recipe for ‘healthy sugar cookies’.

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Food Babe’s Healthy Sugar Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted (or grass-fed butter at room temp)
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix all wet ingredients together and combine well
  3. Slowly pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well
  4. Drop a tablespoon of dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  5. Bake cookies for 8-10 mins (until edges are golden brown)
  6. As cookies are cooling, sprinkle with a little coconut sugar after baking if desired
  7. Cool cookies for at least 5 mins before serving
  8. (Alternatively, if you are cutting out shapes, refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour and then roll out using a rolling pin and additional almond flour and bake the same way)
  9. ***Please use all organic ingredients if possible***

 

I changed a couple of things.  I doubled the recipe (because, why not?) except used only about three and a half cups of the almond meal.  I also added 5 oz of dried unsweetened tart cherries at the last minute.  I baked them about nine minutes and OMG I am blown away.  They’re nutty, chewy, gooey, sweet, and buttery.  So tasty!  I will say they are nothing like a traditional ‘sugar’ cookie so I will probably tell my husband it’s something else so he won’t have expectations of a white disk coated in sugar and filled with chemicals.  But all in all, fabulous recipe and the tangy cherries added a nice pop!
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