Welcome to my crazy world of real food cooking ...

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

Every recipe on this blog is my own original effort and idea, so please pass 'em on, giving credit where credit is due.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

** No-bake chocolate granola bars with hemp hearts and scottish oatmeal

These no-bake granola bars are very popular in our house. We keep them in the freezer, and even people who aren't chocolate lovers are crazy about them. These are an amazing whole-foods treat that will fuel you and keep you going when you need it. Wrap them in a little baking parchment and take them with you!  With the goodness of hemp hearts, and raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, the sweetness of date, and the super-awesomeness of raw cacao, you don't have to choose good for your taste-buds or good for your body.

equipment needed:

silicone square pan
mixing bowl
measuring cups
measuring spoons
mixing spoon

  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw shredded coconut

  • 1/4 cup ground chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup scottish oatmeal

  • 1/4 cup dates, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup krisda chocolate chips

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder

  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

  1. combine the sunflower seed butter, coconut butter, and coconut nectar, and warm until liquid and stir until homogeneous
  2. add the salt and cacao and mix well
  3. add the sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, and pumpkin seeds, and stir well
  4. mix in the dates
  5. stir in the ground chia seeds, scottish oatmeal,  and the shredded coconut 
  6. add the chocolate chips (make sure the mixture is no longer warm before you add these or they will melt)
  7. when well mixed, press into a silicone baking pan (8 inch), and flatten well using a piece of baking parchment
  8. chill, then cut into 'bars' or squares.

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