Last Week’s Granola Bar Recipe – Basic Foundation

Granola Bars

2 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup shredded coconut
2 cups mixed nuts, chopped
1 cup mixed seeds
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup chocolate chips, optional
1 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup honey
½ cup nut butter
½ cup brown sugar, or unrefined cane sugar

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 22 x 22 cm tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips and cranberries.

In a medium sized saucepan over a low heat, mix together the salt, cinnamon, vanilla, honey, nut butter and sugar until smooth.

Pour the syrup mixture into the dry mixture and mix through until all the dry mixture has been coated by the syrup.

Press the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the top is golden. Allow the muesli slab to cool in the tin before cutting into bars. Store in an airtight container.

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Heart Healthy Chocolate Walnut Squares

Heart Healthy Chocolate Walnut Squares

Ingredients:
8 C organic walnuts
2 C organic cocoa powder
1 C dried organic figs (remove stems)
1 C dried organic pitted dates (check all dates for pits, too)
2 t ground cinnamon powder
2 t vanilla
1/2 t cayenne pepper
4 T organic coconut oil
4 T raw unfiltered organic honey
4 T finely chopped pistachios (reserve for garnish)

Instructions:
Blend all ingredients (except pistachios) in a food processor until smooth. Press into an 8X8 glass pan firmly with a spatula. Sprinkle with pistachios. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into small squares and serve. Keep remainder in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Lay Off the Almond Milk Ignorant Hipsters

This is the article I was referring to in class yesterday. A very interesting perspective and an important reminder that we should always question, and continues to question, our food choices… Especially as the world around us changes. If it weren’t for colony collapse and the severe draughts in CA this article may not be as moving… Your thoughts? Is almond milk a sustainable food stuff?  

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/07/lay-off-almond-milk-ignorant-hipsters