What do you get for the people who have everything?
You make them a personalized gift – something that they will actually use…
How about some homemade snacks – healthy ones, of course! If there’s one way that I can promote healthy eating, it’s going to be by offering to let people TRY my healthy goodies, and show them that it’s easy enough for them to do it in their own kitchen!
I wasn’t sure how these bad boys would turn out, but I was very very VERY pleasantly surprised!
Good thing, since I didn’t have a back-up plan – and made a triple batch right off the bat (I know, not smart!)
Some ingredients that you’ll need to run out and grab before you make these;
First up, CAROB chips (1/4 cup).
What the heck are these? Wikipedia can answer that…
“Ceratonia siliqua, commonly known as the Carob tree and St John’s-bread, is a species of flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is widely cultivated for its edible legumes, and as an ornamental tree in gardens. The seed pod may be crushed and used as ersatz chocolate.
It is native to the Mediterranean region including Southern Europe, Northern Africa, the larger Mediterranean islands; to the Levant and Middle-East of Western Asia into Iran; and to the Canary Islands and Macaronesia.”
Still confused… Ya, me too.
Basically it’s just a plant that grows in the tropics, which grows these “pea pod” type things. Inside each pod, there are beans that are naturally sweet and they are roasted and can be used as a chocolate substitute!
Cool, right? I can hear the groans – this definitely is not classified as “cool”…
Oh well, I enjoyed it!
Some unsalted peanuts (1/4 cup chopped)… Yes, I know – I talk about how they are a naturally moldy nut – but I wanted to keep the recipe in it’s original form.
Brown rice syrup (1/3 cup) and some rice puffs (1 and 1/4 cup)!
Other things you will need…
- 1 cup of Dates
- 1 cup of Oats
- 2 Tbsp. of Flaxseed (ground)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter
Okay, now you’re ready to stir it all up.
Woops, poor photo skills here!
- Line a tray with wax papers, set aside
- Place the dates in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped (this was very difficult with my Mom’s old processor – so we added some water and did some of the chopping ourselves)
- Combine the dates with the cereal, oats, peanuts, flax, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl
- Combine the peanut butter and brown rice syrup in a saucepan over low heat, mix until combined, remove from heat
- Mix dry and wet mixture together, add carob
- Press onto a tray, and refrigerated for 1 hour
Chop them into squares, and wrap individually if you so desire!
Eat, enjoy, repeat!