I was finding it hard to justify – 2-years after having my little beauty – that the “couple of extra pounds” I put on POST pregnancy where “baby fat”. Time to give myself a kick in the butt and seek some professional help. Boot Camp here I come!
I wanted a healthy snack that would provide the nutrient replenishment that would be critical after working my body WAY beyond anything I’ve done in 3 1/2 years.
After looking at a number of different recipes, I’ve created one that seems to have everything I was looking for. Nutrient rich, ideal protein/carb balance, great texture and delicious! An added bonus is that they are ridiculously easy to make.
Yields 24 squares
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 cup unsalted raw nuts (I used 1/2 almonds and 1/2 macadamia)
1 cup gluten free oats
2 cup dried fruit with larger fruit coarsely chopped (I used prunes, apricots and raisins but would probably switch the raisins for cranberry next time to reduce the sugar/sweetness)
1/2 cup flax meel
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 tsp celtic salt
1/2 cup ORGANIC* blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
Lay nuts and oats on a lined baking sheet in a single layer and toast for 4 minutes.
Add shredded coconut and toast an additional 3-4 minutes.
Place nuts and coconut in food processor and pulse until everything is coarsely ground.
Add flax meal and dried fruit, pulse until blended.
Warm coconut oil, molasses and brown rice syrup until the oil is liquified, add to food processor and pulse until a thick, coarse paste forms.
Lay paste out in an even layer in a 12″ x 9.5″ greased or lined baking dish.
Cover and cool in the fridge at least one hour.
Cut into 24 squares
* There is some controversy over the health benefits of molasses, in particular within the raw food community. The beautiful thing about molasses is that it is concentrated. As you concentrate, everything intensifies – including nutrients. Unfortunately with the good comes the bad. If you are using molasses grown in non-organic crops all of the pesticides and other chemicals will, in theory, intensify as well. If you have concerns or want a lower sugar option feel free to substitute for 1/4 cup agave.