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.

Barley and Brown Rice Salad

Photo credit: gobarley.com
Photo credit: gobarley.com

This versatile recipe is very tasty.

1/2 c. pearl barley, rinsed

1/2 c. brown rice, rinsed

2 c. water

dash salt

2 cups diced vegetables – I used a mixture of celery, green onions, and carrots)

1/2 c. each dried cranberries and chopped walnuts

1/2 c. crumbled soft cheese – I used Boursin, but feta or goat cheese would work well too

Dressing:

1/2 c. oil

1/4 c. vinegar

2 – 3 T. each maple syrup and mustard

2 T. soy sauce

salt and pepper

While this version is vegetarian, chopped diced chicken, canned tuna, or tofu can also be added.

Bring water to  a boil.  Add rice and barley. Cover and lower heat to medium low and cook for about 40 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes or until any remaining water is absorbed.  Combine with remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix up dressing in a jar and pour over salad.  Refrigerate for a few hours to cool and let flavors meld.  Serves 4- 6.