Sunday, October 23, 2011

Crispy Rice Treats


This is one of my son's favorite recipes.  He likes the combination of nut butter and date syrup which gives these treats a delicious unique flavor.  The last time we made it we added 1/2 cup carob chips, at my son's suggestion.

These treats makes a quick and easy healthy snack.  Or a nutritious breakfast on-the-go. 






Crispy Rice Treats

2 cups crispy brown rice, sweetened with fruit juice
1/2 cup almond, cashew or peanut butter
1/2 cup date syrup
1/2 cup chopped almonds, cashews or peanuts
6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  1. Combine crispy brown rice and nuts in a large bowl.   
  2. Drop chopped dates one by one into the crispy rice mixture and stir to coat the date pieces to prevent them from clumping together.
  3. Combine date syrup and nut butter.
  4. Stir date syrup mixture into crispy rice mixture.
  5. Spray 8" square baking pan with cooking spray.
  6. Press mixture into pan and refrigerate for several hours.
  7. Cut into squares.

Makes 12 squares.

Nutrition facts, per square: 174 calories; 9 g fat; 0.65 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 17 mg sodium; 275 mg potassium; 22 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 14 g sugar; 4 g protein.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Here in Santa Clarita, California we went from summer (92 degrees and sunny on Sunday) to winter (58 degrees and rainy on Wednesday) in four days.  So now, instead of making ice cream, I'm cooking chili and cornbread.  And I'm thinking of pumpkin and ginger and all those warm, comforting fall spices and flavors. Here is a delicious cookie recipe to herald in Fall.




Ginger Molasses Cookies

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour almond milk
12 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses

Procedure
1.   Using a blender, puree dates, sour almond milk, and molasses.
2.   Combine flour, almond meal, baking soda and spices.
3.   Stir date mixture into dry ingredients.
4.   Drop dough on to baking sheets lined with parchment paper; flatten.
5.   Bake at 350ยบ F for 10-12 minutes.
Servings: 36
Oven Temperature: 350°F
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie:  50 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 106 mg sodium; 122 mg potassium; 12 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 5 g sugar 1 g protein

Note

Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually healthy.  It is high in iron and calcium.  Molasses is an excellent source of copper and manganese and also a very good source of potassium and magnesium.  Look for unsulphured blackstrap molasses because it doesn’t contain sulfur, to which some people are sensitive, and it also tastes better.

Source:  “Blackstrap molasses” in The World’s Healthiest Foods website, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=118&tname=foodspice

Happy Vegan Baking!