Fruit Bites

Sometimes I like a small sweet treat in the middle of the afternoon.  Instead of cookies or candy I often turn to dried fruit.  Fruit Bites combine a number of popular dried fruits with nuts and seeds to make a rolled treat. For a change in the recipe substitute sesame seeds for sunflower seeds.

IngredientsFruit Bites

1 cup dried dates

1/2 cups cashews

1/2 cups dried apricots

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Put dates. cashews, apricots and oats in a food processor with the mixing blades.  Mix on high speed until chunks are combined and  the batter is of thick consistency.  Batter will be sticky.

Remove from food processor and roll in a log in parchment.  Chill for at least an hour.

Remove from parchment and cut in slices.  Roll slices in sunflower seeds to coat.

For another afternoon treat try Chocolate Peanut Butter Clusters

Strawberry Shortcake

Where I live strawberries are usually fresh in June.  It’s also the month of my mother’s birthday so we often have shortcake instead of birthday cake to celebrate. 

This shortcake recipe is sweet, light and fluffy yet it is still firm enough to take on a picnic.

IngredientsStrawberry Shortcake

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp baking powder

2 cups milk + 2 tsp vinegar

1 cup sugar

1 cup vegetable shortening

In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.

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Citrus Nut Clusters

Citrus Nut clusters are great for a mid-morning pick me up.  If you find the recipe too tart then just add another tablespoon or so of honey or maple syrup.

IngredientsCitrus Nut Clusters

1 cup cashews

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup almonds

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup lime juice

3 tbsp maple syrup or honey

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup coconut to roll bites in

Add all ingredients to a food processor omitting the second amount of coconut.  Mix until a thick paste forms.  Do not over mix.

Roll paste into small bites and roll in second amount of coconut.  Refrigerate for at least an hour.

This recipe makes 30 small clusters.

For a refreshing pairing try serving this recipe with Peach Lemonade.

Strawberry Lemonade

This variation on lemonade is fun to serve at family outings or for a children’s lemonade stand.

Ingredients

3 cups strawberries

Strawberry Lemonade1/4 cup water

1 cup powdered steevia

1 cup lemon juice

3 cups sparkling water

ice cubes

Heat strawberries, water and Steevia in a large pan and bring to a boil .

Cook for 5 minutes and strain the contents into a pitcher. Cool.

Add lemon juice, sparkling water and ice cubes.

Serve immediately.

Vegan egg and milk replacements

The change to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can be difficult when recipes call for animal based eggs and milk.  There are replacements that can be made in  your baking for both eggs and milk.  This lists includes some of the most popular replacements.

Vegan egg replacements for 1 eggVegan egg and Milk Replacements - The change to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle can be difficult when recipes call for animal based eggs and milk. There are replacements that can be made in your baking for both eggs and milk.

  • 1/4 cup soy yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot flour mixed with 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp soy flour mixed with 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup soft tofu blended with recipe liquid

Vegan milk replacements for 1 cup of milk

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Strawberry Apple Salsa

This unusual combination of strawberries and ginger is addictive.  Raspberries may be substituted for strawberries if desired.

Ingredientsstrawberry-apple-salsa

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 mandarin orange – peeled and sliced

1 lemon – peeled and sliced

2 apples – peeled, cored and sliced

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 1/2 tsp dried ginger

Gently mix ingredients together.  Taste.  If needed add a little more sugar.

Serve with cottage cheese or on cream cheese.

 

Berry Shake

We all love smoothies in the morning. This version of a smoothie very thick and is closer to a shake.  The coconut yogurt and fruit inside are a delicious combination.

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened vanilla coconut yogurt

1 1/2 cups chopped strawberriesBerry Shake

1 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup Stevia

1/4 cup flax meal

1/8 cup chia seeds

Mix in blender until smooth.  Mixture should be very thick.  It can be made  thinner by adding 1/2 cup almond milk

Dill Relish

1 apple

81 medium dill pickle

1/4 medium red onion

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp black pepper

Pulse pickle, onion and apple in a food processor until coarsely chopped.  Turn into a bowl and mix in salt, sugar and black pepper.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Granola

granolaFresh granola is easy to make and delicious.  It makes the house smell heavenly and is a versatile ingredient on its own or in recipes. 

This recipe calls for nuts and coconut. If you have a sweet tooth try tossing in some chocolate or butterscotch chips once the mixture has cooled.

Ingredients

1 /2 cups rolled oats

1 cups sliced almonds

1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp safflower oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon Continue reading “Granola”

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