Protein-Packed Power Balls

These are great to have around as a pick-me-up snack, just don’t leave them out of the refrigerator for long or they tend to melt. This recipe comes from a couple that are utterly crazy because they have 5, count them FIVE small children, and still have time to post recipes for the rest of us. Be sure and check out Clean Eats in the Zoo and marvel at these wonderful people. Full link to the recipe at the bottom of the page.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream concentrate, melted
  • 3/4 to 1 cup raisins (I substituted dried cranberries)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth, then scoop onto parchment paper & refrigerate for 30 minutes. Pop one in your mouth for a great protein snack! Store in fridge for best results.

Link to recipe: Protein-Packed Power Balls

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Grain-Free Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Granola Bar Recipe

Boy, that title is a mouthful isn’t it? But, that’s how it originally appeared, so I’m keeping it. This is from joyfulabode.com, a Navy wife & mom who cooks grain-free. She has pictures of how a recipe should look at each stage, which I find very helpful. The direct link is posted at the bottom of this post.

Ingredients

  1. 2.5 cups assorted nuts & seeds
  2. 1 cup dried fruit
  3. 2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened – but I didn’t have to tell you that, right?)
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  5. 1/2 cup honey (this is a little sweet for me, so next time I make these, I’m going to try 1/4 cup)
  6. Splash of vanilla extract (or three)
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. Generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  9. Some more cinnamon (a woman after my own heart!)

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop 1 cup of the nuts and seeds. Place in a bowl (the largest bowl you own).
  2. Use your food processor to pulse the other 1.5 cups of nuts and seeds into a finer “chop”. Add to the bowl. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a coffee/spice grinder or a hand chopper).
  3. Add your fruit.
  4. Stir in the dried coconut.
  5. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine oil, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Cook until the mixture bubbles, then pour over the fruit/nut mixture.
  6. Stir to combine completely.
  7. Press your mixture into a parchment-lined pan of some sort. Press HARD (and she’s not kidding).
  8. Cool 2-3 hours, then remove from the pan & cut into bars.

These are my favorite “granola” bars or non-granola bars as the case may be. They are a little crumbly, but they are really great for a quick breakfast bar or snack.

Direct link: http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/09/12/grain-free-granola-bars/

Fruit Salad With Cinnamon

This is so easy & fast and makes a great snack in the afternoon. It’s another one from the paleoplan.com website.

Makes a snack for two. Add fresh berries if desired.

Approximate cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 1 orange, peeled & diced
  2. 1 apple, diced
  3. 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place the fruit into bowls
  2. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (optional) and/or cinnamon

Direct link: http://www.paleoplan.com/2009/11-22/fruit-salad-wcinnamon/