I had half a bag of almonds left from Costco that my man didn’t want to eat. He said they tasted stale. Well, I didn’t want to waste them, but I am not a big fan of nuts, so needed some ideas. I did a search on Google and to find ways to make almond butter. I watched a few videos with a similar machine to mine (Ninja Professional) because I don’t have a Vitamix, and well, it didn’t turn into butter. I waited for close to 15 minutes and it still didn’t turn into almond butter. I would have posted the video but it wasn’t worth just watching and listening to noise.
Have you decided what’s for dinner or even lunch? I haven’t. I have been feeling that I am sick of food. I get that at least once every couple of months. I just don’t know what to make anymore and when I think of something, my brain goes…meh. However, I don’t want to waste the food in the fridge, so I need to make something. I came across this great and very easy recipe called
Easy Protein Breakfast Bars in 5 minutes
I am getting sick of eggs. I was down south on holidays for a week and ate eggs almost every day. So, when we got home, I was definitely not in the mood for eggs. I was going through the cupboards trying to figure out what to make for breakfast without going out and buying stuff, but I also wanted it to be healthy and saw that I could make protein bars in 5 minutes using leftovers.
Protein Breakfast Bars
½ cup almonds (use any nuts you want or have left in the cupboard)
1 cup Peanut butter (it was hard as rock so I heated it up and good as new)
10 medjool dates (they look like bugs…but, they taste really good and sweet)
¼ or ½ cup of Water (want the oats and nuts to mesh together)
3 packets or 1 cut of oatmeal (the packages work just as good)
You’ll also need a blender, nutribullet, coffee grinder or a chopper to crush the nuts and dates. It doesn’t really work by hand and chopping them, welllllll, try it if you want, but it will take a long time and will hurt like a bugger.
- Take your hard as rock peanut butter and poor into a big enough bowl. Put the bowl into the microwave to heat it up so it will be smooth enough to mix with all the ingredients. (ONLY heat up the peanut butter if your peanut butter is hard or if you want to make mixing easier).
- Add the cup of oatmeal or whatever amount you have on hand into the peanut butter.
- Take a handful of almonds and put in the blender to crush them. Take them out and put them in the peanut butter bowl.
- Grab about 10 dates or however many you want and blend them. Take them out and put them in the peanut butter bowl.
- Mush all the ingredients together using your hands, not a spoon because it takes too long.
- Add some water if it’s not all sticking together. Poor gradually and mush it together until its thick.
- If you have some parchment paper, put that down first because it saves you from having to clean the dish after. Hey, I don’t like cleaning, so I try to avoid it…lol
- Place in a dish of your choice. I chose glass dish because…that’s the only one I have that will make them square.
- Put in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Trust me, it needs a bit of time to stick together. So, don’t try to taste it before. wink wink
- Take it out and cut it as desired
If you don’t have these ingredients, use what you have on hand.
Be creative and enjoy the process.
I am going to try to write a weekly meal plan, but for tonight I am going to start with dinner because I’m hungry and need to get cooking. I found a great recipe for chicken thights and zuccini which is what I have in the fridge and it has to be cooked tonight, but it asks to do it in the oven and if you live in Canada, the oven costs a fortune on electricity, so we prefer to use the BBQ. So, I used the bbq and OMG..it was amazing. Let me tell you something first..I don’t usually like thighs because they are brown skin and taste fatty, but lately I’m enjoying it. I have made thai, indian and now bbq chicken with thigh meat and well….going to switch from breast that dry to now thigh that’s fly:)…sorry, it was funny in my head. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Oh and I had a glass of red wine…and maybe another.
The image on the left is theirs and mine that was done on the BBQ is on the right…mmmmm. It honestly tastes really good.
I found this great recipe online as June for me is raw or healthy eating month. What this means for me is I am not able to eat processed food. So, no oatmeal, bread, pasta, chips, pop (which I don’t like anyways, unless it’s in a rum or vodka punch), anything that’s on a shelf is pretty much off limits….for 30 days. I have a sweet tooth, which is a bit of a problem. I also like wine, beer and Grapefruit Palm Bays. Hey, I never set I was perfect, I said I was willing to try something for 30 days. So, I won’t be giving up the wine on the shelf, the beer, or the herbs and balsamic and olive oil. After all, I want to leave and have my food taste good and not feel like I’m a bird!
So, here’s my first desert/snack recipe for June.
Truffles with cocoa and dates
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1 1/2 cups dates with no pits in them
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Pinch of sea salt
- Add all the above ingredients in a food processor and blend/pulse until almost think, add a little water at a time to have a thicker consistency, but not liquidy. You want to be able to make balls with it.Use a small spoon and put some in your hand and roll into 1 inch balls. I had some BIG ones too, just because my husband will eat one than one if they are too small. Let cool for 1 hour in the fridge as they taste way better. They can last up to a week in the fridge. Ya, if you’re lucky and make enough maybe:)
For the exact recipe from Epicurious, click this link to get it as well as other suggestions they had.
Let me know how it goes and what other ingredients did you use. Or better yet, do this 30 days raw with me and link me to recipes you are using.
Have a wonderful treat day:)