Nut and fruit snack bars

I love Kind bars, but they can get a bit pricey at almost $2 a pop. I know how easy these type of bars can be to make, so I decided to make my own. The only real work involved is mixing the ingredients. The great thing about these is that you can use your favorite nuts and dried fruits. I happened to have some Hawali dates that I got from the farmers market, so I added those, and some raisins. You can add whatever you have, and make these your own. These are a great snack, I usually have one for breakfast, or a afternoon snack. You can’t really go wrong with these since they are pure protein and fiber.

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

1 cup of Organic almonds chopped
1/2 cup of organic sunflower seeds
8-10 dates chopped
3 tablespoons of organic raisins chopped
3 tablespoons of unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup of brown rice syrup, or honey

Add all ingredients to a medium size bowl and mix well:

Spread mixture out evenly onto a lightly greased foil lined 9 inch pan:

Bake on 325F for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes, just long enough for it to cool, but not completely cool. After ten minutes, cut into bars, and let cool completely before eating. If you use honey after cooling place in the refrigerator, so that the bars set completely. If you like these you will probably like these Granola bars

Gluten-free guiltless almond flour banana nut muffins

If your house is anything like my household, mornings are hectic!!  Breakfast is always a chore to make! Certified Nutritionist Justice De la Torre comes to the rescue with this protein packed, gluten and grain free muffin. This muffin is moist, and quite frankly, the best muffin I’ve tasted in quite some time! Trust me when I say that you want to make this muffin! In addition to being delicious, this muffin is good for you.  It’s high in fiber, iron, potassium, and Vitamin E! With the addition of 1 scoop of protein powder, each muffin has 5 grams of protein. If I were you I would make a double batch of these, because they are just that good. This recipe uses Almond flour, also known as almond meal. You can find almond meal in the flour section of almost any supermarket now days. This is a great muffin to start the day with. But, it’s also great as a high protein snack for those middle of the day cravings. My daughter loved this muffin, as I’m sure will you too!. This is a great alternative to  sugar laden banana breads, this muffin contains no refined sugar!

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Here’s what you need:

cups  almond flour/meal
tsp  baking soda
1/2 tsp  sea salt
1/2 tsp  baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
3  eggs
2 1/2  very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup maple syrup or xylitol
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
tsp  vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Muffin pan
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or line a 12muffin tin. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash bananas with a fork, add in your wet ingredients, and mix well:

Add wet mixture to dry mixture. Stir just to combine.

Fill muffin cups. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Bake about 20 min. (tops will be set and spring back when lightly touched)

What is your favorite muffin? If you share I’ll pick one favorite and revamp the recipe to make a healthy alternative like this one.
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