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Create Your Own Snacks!

I am really having fun making my own Power Bites.  I know exactly what’s in them and it’s fun to play.  Today’s experiment may sound a little crazy.  I looked to see what I had on hand and just went for it!

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 1 can garbanzo beans (yes garbanzo beans, great source of fiber….I had a choice between these, black beans, or peanut butter.  I’ve already done peanut butter, black beans are next on the list! ;))
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • a couple handfuls of walnuts (one for the blender, and one chopped)
  • 3 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (that’s all I had)
  • 2 tablespoons each of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and ground flax
  • 4 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 2 drops nutmeg essential essential oil
  • 1 packet of vanilla Plant Protein
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • approximately 1/4 tsp. of sea salt

Combine coconut oil, garbanzo beans, pumpkin, honey, 1 handful of the walnuts, and salt in Vitamix (it worked better than my NutriBullet).  Cream together then scrap into a bowl…  Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Roll into balls (whatever size you like) and freeze for approx. 1 hour.  Put some in an airtight container in the fridge and store the rest in the freezer.  This made about 3 1/2 dozen balls!

Make your own, have fun…play with it.

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Pumpkin Power Balls

Yep…These happened yesterday!!  Yummy!  Didn’t even have to heat up the oven.

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Recipe makes: 24-32 balls. (Depending on size)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dry, uncooked oatmeal (I used gluten-free oats)
  • 1 cup all-natural Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup all-natural Peanut butter, or Almond butter
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tbsp ground flax seeds (if ‘dough’ seems too wet, then  add more ground flax, if it’s too dry, add less…start with a smaller quantity)
  • 1 cup small chopped walnuts, chopped almonds, chopped peanuts, coconut flakes, or any combination of mix-ins that equal 1 cup total.
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips (I used regular size). You could use dark chocolate/cacao pieces, or just skip them altogether.
  • Opt.  1 packet of Chocolate Plant Protein!

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium bowl until very thoroughly mixed.
  2. Roll into balls of about 1″ in diameter (I did different sizes).
  3. Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper & freeze one hour.
  4. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Enjoy!

Thank you CleanFoodCrush for the recipe!

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Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars

1 cup peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter)

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cups oats

2 total cups of a combination of coconut flakes, sunflower seeds, almond slivers and pumpkin seeds (or your own combination of  nuts and dried fruit)

**optional…chocolate chips to sprinkle on top

Directions…..

In a medium sized sauce pan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil on medium heat.  About 3-5 minutes.

 

Remove from heat.  Add oats and nut mixture.  Stir well.

Press mixture into a pan…cake pan, brownie pan, etc., to desired thickness and sprinkle with chocolate chips (while still warm).

Chill for 2 hours and cut into bars.

Enjoy!

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