Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Raw Superfood Bars



This weekend I brought home a new food processor.  I’ve been living without one for a couple months now since my mini one broke.  I’ve been trying to buy a new one for about a year but I can’t seem to find one that works for me- I’ve even returned two.  All I wanted was a simple processor that actually works- apparently, this is hard to come by these days.  My mom has an amazing one that is about 20 years old and I drool over it every time I visit.  They don’t make them like that anymore!


Not having a food processor makes it pretty difficult to make the raw brownies and bars that my husband loves so much.  I finally decided to try another one this weekend since we were visiting one of my favorite stores to drool in: Sur La Table.  I could probably spend hours there!  Since we were on a date, I didn’t wander aimlessly through the store looking for things I absolutely “need.”  Instead I took home this bad boy.


I was really hoping the third time’s a charm since I’m pretty much over returning food processors.  My husband was also hoping I was going to keep this one.  He’s leaving for a couple weeks for work and I needed a processor to make him lots of foods for his hotel room.  Luckily, this one finally got my stamp of approval.


I decided to put the processor through its paces by making some yummy bars for Andy.  Since he’ll be living in a hotel room and eating most of his meals out, he’s going to need some help in the nutrition department.  These will be perfect to take along and supplement the junk he's going to be eating.


Raw Superfood Bars


¾ cup almonds, divided
½ cup cashews
1 cup dates, pitted
2 tbsp water
¼ cup cacao
1 tsp spirulina
¼ cup goji berries
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp hemp hearts

Combine ½ cup almonds and cashews in food processor and process until nuts are finely chopped.  Add the dates and water and process until mixture becomes a dough.


Add cacao and spirulina and process again.


Add remaining almonds, goji berries, pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts and process for a couple seconds- just until combined.


Remove dough from processor and form into a ball.  Divide dough into 6 pieces and form into desired shape- bar, ball, etc.


I made 8 medium bars with my dough.


And there was no complaining from the husband.  He did ask me to make a three weeks supply though! 

14 comments:

  1. Visiting from Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Those bars look really good! Glad you picked up a new food processor. It is really hard--and sometimes impossible--to make some recipes without them.

    Shirley

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    1. yes! I've been unable to make some of my favorite things :)

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  2. Thanks for this. I might have to give these a try, though I also need a new food processor. We have a Vitamix but I don't think it's working correctly :0(

    What kind of food processor is that?

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    1. it's a cuisinart prep 9 and I'm in love :) I've got a vitamix and it just doesn't work for bars and brownies.

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  3. This looks really good. So smart to bring something like this while travelling as obtaining healthy food on the road isn't easy! I found you on Real Food Wednesday! Looks like you have the same food processor I do, and I've been really pleased with mine :-)

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    1. We always try and travel with some homemade goodies so we aren't tempted by the junk.

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  4. Ooooh, I'm doing backflips over here! What an amazing recipe! I just found you through Gluten-Free Wednesdays. Would you be interested in sharing this recipe at Raw Foods Thursdays? It's a weekly event created to share our raw creations. We'd love to have you!

    http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2013/02/raw-foods-thursdays-22113/

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    1. I'll try and check it out this week. I'd love to see a whole roundup of raw goodies :)

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  5. Yum this looks delicious! I've just started looking into eating raw and introducing as much raw food into my diet as possible and I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!

    x Tania
    www.tdesignblog.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Raw foods are great right? They make me feel so much better when I eat mostly raw.

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  6. tobad cant open the pics photobucket doest always come thru.... had problems with,pb on many different devices...

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  7. We are definitely going to give this recipe a try this evening! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Just made them!WOW! We are new to the gluten-free living..and I am currently planning out meals, snacks and such. Lunches to send with the hubby and grown son seem to be the hardest thing to come up with...as they are used to a sandwich, chips, snack bar, and crackers. These bars will work perfectly for their snack bars! They have already passed the test from them and my younger girls. They're a hit! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. yay! I love to hear about recipe successes :)

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