For the most part, Otherhalf and I try to eat relatively healthy. Sometimes we do pretty good. Often times we are very naughty. Recently we have been on a cereal kick. And I ain’t talking about no Kashi. It’s all Cookie Crisp and Capt’n Crunch up in here. The weekends are particularly difficult too. We tend to eat out a lot and partake in highly caloric indulgences as a reward for getting through the week.
I have been trying to add some healthy snacks to counteract some of the naughty ones. Naughty like the two bags of Starburst Jellybeans I have almost finished. And the Girl Scout Cookies. And the Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares that one of Otherhalf’s students gave him for Valentine’s Day (and by proxy ME because he doesn’t really eat chocolates). Oh, and all the cereal.
So when my coworker gave me a bag of chia seeds, I decided to give them a try. They are supposed to be all sorts of healthy for you with the omegas and the fiber and they have hella calcium. Basically chia seeds are the new kale (which was the new pomegranate). I Googled some recipes, cause I’m not likely to sprinkle these mofo’s on my yogurt, thankyouverymuch. The first recipe I made was these Lemon Chia Seed Muffins.
Then for my next adventure, I decided on these Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars. I thought they would be good for us to toss in our lunches for a quick, filling, “energy packed” snack. These are what I will share with you today.
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**Oh, and FYI, these are by no means low-fat or low-calorie snacky treats. Coconut oil is super high in fat. But it’s the good fat, and all the stuff in these bars is good for you. I like to have one with the ginger tea I have been drinking lately. I did not use entirely organic ingredients like the recipe asks, but I think both myself and Otherhalf will live. So let’s get to it, shall we??
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My ingredient pile:
First you put all the dry ingredients together. The recipe calls for flax seeds to be ground up in a spice grinder, but I don’t have one, so I used my trusty mortar and pestle. Well that was a pain in the ass. I will be ordering a spice grinder for future hippie snack bar endeavors.
Then you gotta pulverize the almonds in the food processor.
Here’s my fancy dry ingredient class photo:
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Then it’s time for the wet ingredients. After I got all the ingredients together for the initial photo, I realized I forgot to buy applesauce. GAAAAHHH!!! But it’s cool, I had an apple, so I just made the applesauce from scratch.
And then I was like, “If I can make applesauce, then surely I can just make the almond butter! Duh!” So I ditched the peanut butter and made almond butter too. It was a very satisfying process.
I heart my immersion blender. Except that when I was making the almond butter, I may have been wielding my little blue spatula a little too close to the whirring blades. Poor, poor spatty.
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Then I combined the wet ingredients
Then I dropped my damn phone in the batter when I was mixing the wet and dry and trying to take a picture at the same time. It turns out I am not very graceful in the kitchen.
So once I got all the goo off my phone, and mixed the wet and dry together, I just pressed the mixture into an oiled pan and put it in the fridge to set.
In the morning, I cut ’em into little 2×2 squares, and wrapped some of the squares in plastic wrap for transport. These bars need to be refrigerated, otherwise all the coconut oil melts and they won’t keep their shape. Then you would have to eat the bars with a spoon, which would defeat the purpose of having them in portable bar form anyways. I took a bunch to work to keep in the fridge, and Otherhalf has a freezable/ ice pack/ lunch bag that he takes to school.
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I gotta say, I am pretty happy with these little munchies. I will be making them again. They are definitely dense and will fill you up. And then probably make you poop because of all the fiber. I am not speaking from experience though. . .
What’s your favorite healthy snack?