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More “Lara” balls please!

22 May

“Lara” balls are a hot commodity in our little corner of the world. Everyone we introduce to them instantly falls for their deliciousness, ease to make, and simple clean ingredient list. They are also perfect for kids and babies…bite sized, not too crunchy balls of high protein/high fat/naturally sweet yummy goodness.

I have the distinct pleasure of hosting an amazing group of cadet women most Friday evenings to unwind from the week. They are often my test group for recipes and they too have fallen for “Lara” balls. Here are a few new concoctions we tested recently to keep your “Lara” ball stock interesting:

No Bake Fig Newtons
If you used to love Fig Newtons, you will love these!

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice (I like a mix of almonds, walnuts and pecans)
  • 1 cup figs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
Cherry Pistachio
Fun, different and colorful! 

  • 2 cups pistachios, shelled
  • 1 cup dried cherries or craisins
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp warm water (add at the end if the mixture is not sticky enough)

Macadamia Medley
Irresistibly buttery 

  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

Kona Coconut
Inspiration came from a cup of Green Mountain Island Coconut coffee I had the other day that was sinfully delicious! 

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice (I like almonds and walnuts for this one)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt (to taste)

For all “Lara” balls: Pulse nuts in food processor, add rest of ingredients and pulse until the mixture begins to clump together enough to form balls. A lot of times I end up adding “a little more of this, a little more of that” depending on the day. Get creative! If your mixture isn’t sticking together, try adding a tsp at a time of warm water and pulse again.

Enjoy,

Heather

Crackers two ways

5 Feb

Since we started the primal lifestyle I truly have not looked back. I can easily look past bowls of pasta, insulin spiking desserts, and loaves of bread.

However, I will be the first to admit that there are times when I wish I had something to snack on besides a handful of nuts, carrots and cucumbers, or beef jerky.

So, with that said, I present almond flour crackers:  a salty version that would accompany yesterday’s baba ganoush fabulously for part of a Super Bowl spread, and a sweet version to bring back childhood memories of graham crackers and milk with Grandma.

These should come with a warning label though: only to be made on occasion and not on a regular basis, can be addictive! Even my “suspect of everything almond flour” seven year old requested I make her the “super yummy” crackers for her birthday party. Now, that is what I call proof!

 


Almond Flour Garlic and Herb Crackers
(recipe inspired by my amazingly talented sister-in-law at Roost blog)

Crackers

2 cups almond flour
1/2 tsp salt + some for sprinkling
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 Tbsp olive oil
2-3 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients, stir in olive oil, and slowly add in water until a sticky dough forms. Flatten dough on parchment lined baking sheet, place another sheet of parchment paper on top, and roll out to desired cracker height (for best results, roll out as even as possible to achieve uniform doneness when baking). Cut dough into desired cracker shapes. There is no need to transfer the shapes, they will break apart easily after baking. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Cool, break apart, and enjoy!


Almond Flour “Graham” Crackers

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2 cups almond flour
3-4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 Tbsp softened butter (at room temperature)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients, cut in softened butter with pastry blender or fork, add vanilla and honey, and form into a ball of dough.  Place dough on parchment lined baking sheet, place another sheet of parchment paper on top, and roll out to desired cracker height (again, as uniform height as possible–although I admit to liking the “burnt” edges!). Cut dough into desired cracker shapes. Again, no need to break them apart prior to baking. Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt (this is optional but I swear my kids saw it, assumed it was sugar, and dug right in) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. You can also optionally prick crackers lightly with fork prior to baking for a more authentic graham cracker look! Cool, break apart and enjoy before your kids clear the whole plate while you’re doing the dishes…

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