Not Just Any Raw Energy Bar

Today I made a couple batches of some very special raw energy bars.  These were developed for my two youngest children with their input of ingredients!

I asked them if they wanted a smoothie for snack, but they decided they wanted other superfoods!

What parent in their right mind would say no to a healthy, packed with omega’s,  fiber rich, snack?

It was so easy, even kids could make this (with supervision using processor of course!)

Raw Z-Bar

Raw Z-Bar

Z-Bar a.k.a. Raw Energy Bar (made especially for my lil guy, Zac) 

Ingredients:
1/2 C Organic Oats (not the quick oats)
1/8 – 1/4 C Raw Almonds
1/8 C Raw Pumpkin Seeds
4 Dates
1 T (Heaping) of Almond Butter

Directions:
1. Process nuts and oats til crumbly, then put into a bowl and set aside
2. Soak dates for about 15 minutes & remove pits
3. Process dates
4. After you process the dates, add almond butter and dry ingredients and process til mixture begins to stick together. You can add a couple T of water if mixture is too dry.
5. In a small pan (6 x 9) or smaller for thicker bars, press mixture down firmly.
6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into squares or bars & enjoy!

Raw J-Bar

Raw J-Bar

J-Bar (made for my other lil guy, Jake)

Follow Z-Bar Recipe above and add:

1/2 C of raisins

1/4 Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

*Follow Z-Bar instructions, and process *raisins with the dates and add *coconut with the other dry ingredients

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Trick your kids into eating healthier!

So have you ever had difficulty getting your kids to eat things that are healthy?  I have 4 children, each of them unique.  Some would eat some things and others would eat, or at least be willing to try, other things.  My oldest two were big on veggie platters.  Ten years later, my younger two, are big on the ‘try something new’ which is usually fruit!  Then I deal with the “you always make us eat healthy” and the “dad doesn’t do…”

Of course, nutritionist mom comes back with; “You still need at least 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day.”

On days like today, when school gets out and they are wanting a snack mom makes ICE-CREAM!  What kid doesn’t like ice-cream?!

So easy, healthy, and tasty! (I am not a fan of ice cream, but I did try this and LIKED it!)

The kids loved it, well, really they said “it’s okay” when I asked how they liked it but it was gone pretty quick!

Mission accomplished, mom’s strawberry ice-cream = 2 fruit servings AND coconut milk has less sugar, less carbs, and more calcium that regular milk!

Raw Strawberry Ice Cream

Raw Strawberry Ice Cream

Raw Strawberry Ice-Cream Recipe

2 Ingredients!  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Equal parts frozen strawberries and coconut milk!

Put in blender, blend!

(May need to add a little more coconut milk as it thickens in blender)

Variations:

Fruit

ANY frozen fruit can be used, such as, cherries, blueberries, mango, papaya, pineapple.  You can freeze chunks of ripe banana for 24 hours and use with 1T cocoa powder for chocolate ice cream or add 1T almond or nut butter!  Yum!

Milk

You can also use almond milk.