Apple Raisin Pecan Crisp

A twist on the classic

3 apples, cored, seeded and chopped

1 – 2 tsp cinnamon (to taste)

1/4 c. raisins

1/2 cup quick oats

1/4 c. sugar

1/4 c. flour

1/4 c. butter or margarine

1/4 c. pecans, coarsely chopped

Grease an 8 x 8 pan. Preheat oven to 350.  Put apples in bottom of pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins.  Combine oats, sugar and flour in a small bowl. “Cut in” butter or margarine with a pastry blender until mix resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecans.  Bake at 350 25 minutes. Serves approximately four.

Baked Energy Bites

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Also known as granola bars. These have been adapted by myself to make a lower-fat, lower sugar version of a recipe from Julie Van Rosendaal.

1 3/4 c. oats (I used quick-cooking)
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. white flour
pinch salt
shake of cinnamon
1 c. nuts of your choice
1 c. dried fruit of your choice
1/4 c. chia seeds
1/4 c. hemp hearts
1/3 c. canola oil
1/3 c. unsweetened applesauce
1/3 c. plain, non-fat yogurt
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine oats,sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nuts, dried fruit, chia seeds and hemp hearts. Mix well. In small bowl, whisk together oil, applesauce, yogurt, egg, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, mix well. Place in pan and spread evenly. Bake at 350 approximately 27 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack then cut up to size you desire. **Can easily be made gluten free by using a GF flour in place of the white flour.

Chocolate-Walnut Spread / Truffles

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AKA “Healthy Nutella”

Gluten free, egg-free, dairy-free, sugar free no-bake, and yummy

1.5 cups walnuts, or hazelnuts, ground

1/4 c. liquid – milk, juice, water

8 dates, pitted

1/4 c. cocoa powder

dash salt

1 tsp. vanilla

Grind the nuts in a food processor. Add liquid, process some more. Add dates, process some more.  Add remainder of ingredients and process until completely blended.  Can use as a spread or roll into balls and roll the balls in nuts, coconut, etc. for truffles.

Oatmeal, Nut and Fruit Balls

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Oatmeal ball (or bar) with nuts, fruits, chia seeds and hemp hearts. No added sugar or salt. Gluten free.

This is labour and time intensive (took me about an hour, excluding cutting the bars up). You will use a lot of muscles stirring the wet and dry ingredients together. To avoid a pain flare:  I would suggest using a heavy duty mixer to incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry. Or enlist someone else’s help. My husband cut the bars up for me and his hands hurt afterwards!  However, given the cost of similar bars in the store ($3.00 and up) it is worth it.

Dry Ingredients

3 1/2 cups oatmeal (oats)

1/3 c. chia seeds

¼ c. ground flaxseed

½ c. hemp hearts

½ cup Nuts (I used walnuts)

½ cup dried Apricots

½ c. raisins

Wet ingredients

1 medium Apple, chopped

200 g dates, pitted and chopped

½ cup natural Peanut butter

½ cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup plain 0% fat yogurt

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Place dates in water on stove and cook until mushy. Puree.  Puree apple in water. Combine dates, apple, oil, peanut butter & yogurt in small bowl. Mix into dry. Mix well. Using a one ounce measuring scoop, scoop out the mixture and roll each scoop into small balls. Alternative, place entire mixture into 9 x 9 pan. Refrigerate. When cool, cut into bars.  Wrap each ball / bar individually in saran wrap. Keep balls refrigerated until use as the balls lose their shape when warm.  A great snack or have one for breakfast with some fresh fruit and non fat Greek yogurt!