Hey my lovely friends! I hope you're all having a blessed Sunday whilst staying safe! :)
Thank you for all the feedback and sharing about your thoughts in the comments from the last post. It truly shows that we're all wanting to pull together during these times. I hope that we will continue to stay awake in our hearts and spirits during times of crisis, as well as during times of ease.
These bars can be eaten raw or baked. Either way is totally fine, and either way they taste delicious! I don't want to toot my own horn, but I have to admit I liked these so much raw AND baked, that I ate two of them for breakfast while driving this morning. *ahem* I know I should be more careful, but they're just bars! :)
Sunshine Bars *VN*
1/2 C (heaping measurement) raw almonds
2 TBSP raw walnuts
1/2 C oats
1/2 coconut flour (essential for flavor)
4 TBSP brown rice syrup
3 TBSP maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
some yogurt or chocolate chips
3-4 dried mangoes (I used TJ's unsulphured)
Set your oven or toaster oven to 350 F.
Then, in a food processor grind up the nuts, oats, and coconut flour. When that is coarsely ground, add all the other ingredients minus the yogurt/choc chips and the mango slices.
Now the mixture should be like a fine meal-like texture, and slightly sticky to the touch.
Simply add the mango slices and process it some more. Lastly, fold in the yogurt/choc chips. I divided the mixture into 2 because I wanted to try the bars half baked and half raw.
Then, lightly spray a pan (I used half of a loaf pan for half of the mixture) and evenly press it into the pan. Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes. When they've cooled down, you can cut them into as many pieces as you desire. If you can wait for them to cool down, that is. :D
For the raw bars, I split the mixture into 3 logs and formed them into perfectly shaped bars. Ta-daaa!
Basically, you can shape them and cut them into whatever manner you wish!
And then add the mango slices and chop it up...You can just sub it with regular Philippine mangoes! Mmmm <3
This is what it looks like when it's baked. It's almost like a crisp on the outside, and yet chewy-on-the-inside cookie, and can be eaten as dessert or even a post workout snack! The almonds and walnuts provide a good measure of protein.
When they're raw, they have a tropical flavor with the coconuts and mangoes. They feel like a cross-over between a Larabar and a Pure Bar. I love Larabars, but I find the Pure Bars to be more satisfying, more versatile, and slightly better than the Larabars.
I hope you enjoy them! My family and I sure did. :D
Today, service was so filled with God's blessings of conviction on all of us! Pastor Daniel spoke about how we should always examine our hearts, reject, and cast out thoughts of compromise and reasons for justifying our actions, or lack of action for that which is good.
My friend Lim is going to Italy for a couple of months! (That's her hometown) I feel like so many people in my life are always going somewhere, but I know we'll be together in spirit. :) I know it's all part of God's beautiful plan.
Cwazy lovely gurl..... <3
Please check out my last post regarding Japan if you haven't yet! And please consider helping with donations if that is something you can afford. Every cent helps! I provided links on my last post.
Let us not forget these people in hardship. Whether there may be turmoil around the world or whether there is 'peace', let's always live intentionally and in an 'awake' state of mind.
Oh, and if you get around to it, please encourage our friend Elle Marie who lives in Japan! She's a fellow blogger that some of you may already know.
My Question: Are people in and out of your life (physically) pretty consistently? What are you grateful for? I'm grateful for breath, love, God's peace and His Word. Now, did I entice you with this recipe? :P