I am not the only one thinking about amaranth in recent days. After I posted my popped amaranth energy bars recipe on Thursday, I stumbled upon the following article about amaranth, published just three days earlier:…
[Post #82 for 100 days of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Portable Power Pucks]
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful (first fall) weekend. It was still in the 90s here in Texas, but (gasp) I was able to wear a long-sleeve pullover to my son’s 8 am baseball game Sunday morning, and keep it on, all thanks to some early morning breezes. And beginning tomorrow, it’s a week of all 80s, which may sound sweltering to many, but shouts “Fall baking!!!” to me.
But until then, I have a no-bake option that I have been making while the temperatures remain high. I am certain it will excite you, regardless of the weather or any inclinations to bake.
It’s my Grain-Free, No-Bake, No Refined Sugar version of Clif Bars. …
[Post #69 for 365 days of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Portable Power Pucks]
Hi everyone–my apologies for being absent the past few days! I’ve been immersed in little league baseball travel with my son which has been equal parts exhilarating and exhausting (I seem to be drawn to this combination…). Nick’s team won the state championships (whoohoo!) and we just got home from the Dixie League World Series, which just happened to be in my husband’s home town in Arkansas. It was a lot of fun, and though the boys did not win the series, they played extremely well and placed high. And his coaches? The most generous, supportive guys you can imagine.
Somewhat less thrilling was the weather: 114F with the heat index! The bottom of my flip-flops melted. Really. But, after a decade in the South, I am getting used to it, if that’s possible.
Being away from my usual eats, however, can easily throw me off kilter. But not on this trip. One guess as to what I packed (hint: this is the 69th post on the topic).
You guessed it: portable power pucks. I packed multiple options, including these, one of my latest creations: Coconut-Lime Protein Bars.
Unlike 99% percent of protein bars, these have no chocolate coating, so they hold up in the heat ( I don’t know about you, but I can’t do peanut butter and chocolate in scorching weather!) Instead, these are packed with bright, tropical flavor from the lime zest and juice, plus three types of coconut products (oil, flakes and flour).
I’ve loaded these with ample amounts of protein, too; I can attest they sustained me through two types of endurance work: (1) early morning runs (outside was lovely at 5 am!) and (2) watching game after game of little league baseball.
More of the pucks from my trip to come. The loads of laundry are almost complete, so I am back to posting. Happy summer, everyone!
[Post #55 for 365 days of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Portable Power Pucks]
Happiness is your 9-year-old finally trying a whole date at vacation bible school and declaring that he loves them.
“Really, Mommy, they are SO good! They taste just like caramel!”
When he asked if I could buy some, I told him to open the pantry and look on the second shelf.
We always have them. I’ve been secreting them into his food his entire life, despite his outright rejection of plain, whole dates. But it made all of the difference for him to discover them on his own while learning about the life of Joseph.
Nick’s comment about the dates tasting like caramel prompted today’s post, a no-bake homage to Girl Scout cookies. Specifically, caramel delights.
No baking, no fussy procedures and no artificial ingredients, these energy pucks get their caramel flavor from–you guessed it–luscious dates. Unlike real caramel, however, dates are a a fantastic energy food. They are a good source of of fiber and include a host of essential minerals (calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc) and vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K).
A double helping of coconut (unsweetened coconut flakes and coconut flour) offer another signature flavor of caramel delights, but again, with a score of benefits, such as healthy coconut oil from the flakes and fiber from both. Almonds and chocolate clinch the deal with more great flavor as well as vitamin E (almonds), antioxidants (the cacao nibs), and yet more fiber from both. In short, these treats are more than worthy of their superfood moniker.
I’m not the only one who thinks they taste utterly amazing workout fuel. A certain little boy has had these in his lunchbox all week during baseball camp (powered by pucks!). Thanks to bible school the week prior, he’s now enlightened about what makes them so caramel-y delicious!
Happy eats, everyone, and stay cool!