Tag Archives: primal snacks

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

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Primal friendly bake sale treats

29 Mar

I love any opportunity to cook or bake for others. When a bake sale comes up I usually jump at the chance. This one was a bit challenging for me since I gave up honey for Lent, but a great exercise in willpower nonetheless!

Here are two easy options sure to please both kiddos and adults, while not compromising your inner desire to free the world from processed sugar and grains. It’s a shame my own kids picked out cake pops instead, but hey—remember it’s all about balance!

1. Almond Flour Honey Sweetened Trail Mix Cookies

  • 2.5 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 Tbsp coconut oil (or butter, or ghee) melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries

Preheat oven to 350. Combine first three ingredients in large bowl. Mix together vanilla, melted oil, and honey and combine with the dry ingredients. Fold in remaining ingredients. Roll into small balls, flatten slightly and place on parchment lined baking pans. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Makes about 2 dozen small cookies.

For some versatility:

  • Forego the honey to make a savory scone type treat (did this on accident once and was pleasantly surprised with the results!)
  • Use any “trail mix” ingredients: dark chocolate chips, almond slivers, raisins, chopped apricots…..

2. Homemade Larabar balls

Original Cookie Dough Flavor recipe here. Try adding 1 Tbsp of coconut oil instead of the water for added richness, and to make the mixture stick better.

Mocha Cocoa Flavor

  • 2 cups nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp coffee grounds
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

Pulse nuts in food processor. Add remaining ingredients and pulse until finely ground, and mixture starts to clump together. Form into balls OR flatten in parchment lined 8×8 pan, refrigerate 1-2 hours, and cut into bar shapes.

Happy Thursday,

Heather

When the stomach bug catches up to you

11 Feb

So, the past 18 hours have been a complete blur (I was sprinting away from the dreaded stomach bug that has plagued the neighborhood for the past two weeks, but it finally caught me).  In the light of a new day, still put off by the smells of cooking, I was in search of something to keep me from eating my kids Gorilla Munch all day long. I tried a plain version of the garlic and herb almond flour crackers from last week, and they have officially saved my day:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (plus a but for sprinkling)
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water (add slowly, just enough to form a dough)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients and form into dough. Roll out on parchment lined baking sheet (for some reason I did not need to roll out between two sheets of parchment paper today, I suppose I added just the right amount of water so it wasn’t too sticky). Cut dough into desired cracker shapes, sprinkle with additional salt and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, cool and break apart individual crackers. Enjoy! Your tummy will thank you!

Other snack ideas for when sickness plagues you:

  • Bone broth (I usually make a quick homemade broth each week with the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken and store in the fridge)
  • Add cooked plain chicken, carrots, or other veggies to the broth for a quick soup if you’re up to something a bit more solid
  • Cut up apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon and ginger
  • Variety of herbal teas
  • Sparkling water (the bubbles feel so good!)
  • Quick homemade ginger ale (not like from the soda shelf, but great if you love ginger!)
    -In sauce pan combine: 1/4 cup water, 3 tsp dried ginger, 2 tsp raw honey
    -Bring to a quick boil, stirring constantly
    -Lower heat and let simmer for a few minutes, stirring occasionally
    -Let cool and add spoonful at a time to sparkling water (or more, depending on flavor preference)

Sickness can be tough when you seem to crave non-primal snacks from your past like pretzels and saltines. If you’ve been eating clean for a while now though, the worst thing you can do is stray too far. It could potentially wreak havoc on your digestive system and make you worse for wear!

Here is to a happy and healthy weekend for all,

Heather

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