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Thursday, February 23, 2012

anti-recipe #47 mama's power bites

I really suck at blogging one handed. I cant do it. It makes me impatient. Obviously I am holding a sleeping babe right now. Someday she will nap in a crib. I suppose (though we will have to get a crib first, HA)

We just got back from looking at another school for little man. ACK. Seriously this is such a stressful decision! But, I am realizing, no decision will be "perfect" so we just need to decide and move forward, right?? More on this later...

In any case, this post.

So I am still doing the whole no sugar low carb thing and man, it feels GREAT. And not as hard as one would imagine, mainly because I am being rather loose about it. If I need to eat crackers, fine, a few bites of ice cream or a slice of pizza, sure.

One thing that helps are these "power bites" as I call them, one of my finest anti-recipe creations to date I think. They are packed with protein (peanut butter, almonds, sunflower seed butter) good fats (coconut oil!) and omega oils (flax!). Oh, and a sprinkling of chocolate too.

Here is how I make it.

Melt half a cup of coconut oil in a medium glass bowl in the microwave. Stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter and a few T of sunflower seed butter (which has a lovely nutty taste) or some combination of nut butters. Add 1 T of cocoa powder and 2T of raw honey. Now a splash of vanilla. Add 1-2 cups of oats, I like more for a less dense bar. Now a quarter cup of peanuts or so, a handful of almonds, a generous handful of ground flax and a sprinkle of salt. And maybe some chocolate chips, just a few. Now mix all this up.

At first I was just pressing this into a 9x13 pan, then storing in the fridge to harden (you have to keep it there) but then I discovered pressing the mixture into muffin tins, letting it harden, then popping it out into a ziplock bag (which is much easier to store in the fridge) also, much easier for on the go snacking, like when you are dashing out of the door and realize at 10am that you havent eaten yet, or when starving and holding a napping baby...(yes, this is all I have eaten today, ha!)

And as always, lots of possibilites for this one, dried fruit - I am not a fan - sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, other tree nuts, etc.

And the kids will like it too, well little miss does. But I dont really want to encourage that actually. These are MINE.

Try it. I swear you will thank me!


  1. These sound amazing - I so wish I could do the whole "low carb, high fat" thing but my body just soaks up the fat! lol It's hard making the equivalent of these w/ less fat, more protein. I've been experimenting w/ "candybars" using chocolate protein powder as the base. Not very portable (it starts to melt as soon as it touches my fingers) but tasty none the less!

  2. I tried these. I went a step further, and put them in ice cube trays. We'll see how quickly they are devoured around here! Thanks for the inspiration.


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