Tag Archives: whole 30 snacks

Quick “Lara” Balls

27 Feb

I love having primal snacks on hand for my children!  Ok, for myself too.  These little no-bakes are absolutely delicious as a dessert or snack.  Even though they  have no added sugar, my non-primal neighbor told me that they tasted like cookie dough!  Here is my go-to recipe for those of you who need exact measurements  🙂
I love dates for their mysteriously carmellicious flavor.

1 c pitted dates
1 c unsweetened coconut
2 c unsalted nuts of choice
(I use sunflower seeds and sliced almonds, they grind down very well)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla extract
a few tbsp water

Place dates and coconut in food processor, blend until finely ground.  Add in the nuts, blend to an even texture.   Add salt and vanilla.  Blend until it begins to stick together.  You may have to add water by the tablespoonful to the mixer to get it to stick.

Form into small bite-sized balls.  (Kids with clean hands love helping on this part!) These are fantastic for the kids’ lunches, dessert, or as a portable energy source for you!

Enjoy!
Leigh

eggplant

16 Jan

I had a breakthrough this morning. I got really really excited about my dehydrator.  I was given this little machine a while ago by my man who is always so thoughtful and creative.  Honestly, I really didn’t think much of it other than it cost more than I thought it was worth. Well, I am starting to love it.

I have been loving eggplant lately, and it dawned on me that it might make a pretty darn good snack when made into chips. I thought I was being pretty innovative with this idea, but after two seconds on google, clearly this has been tried many times by plenty of people!!

Anyway, here is what I did.

preheat oven to 450 degrees.
1 eggplant, halved, sliced 1/8″ thick on a mandoline.
spray cookie sheet with olive oil using my misto.
lay slices flat on cookie sheets spray the tops of the slices with the olive oil.
sprinkle with sea salt, or other seasonings to taste.
and bake about 10 minutes.
transfer to the dehydrator, turn it on to 140 degrees for about 4-6 hours.

no dehydrator? flip the eggplant slices every 10 minutes until they reach the desired crispness. watch them carefully.

These would be wonderful paired with fresh guacamole.  Also, these are so much tastier, substantial, and more functional as actual chips than kale chips. Perhaps I just dont have a palate for kale, or I did not do it the right way, but kale chips are something I just dont get.  The swirl pattern of the seeds looked rather whimsical, I really think these are so pretty.

enjoy!
Leigh



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