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Morning Maple Cranberry Pecan Oat Bars

Chewy bars with chunks of toasted pecans and dried cranberries combined with toasted oats, almond butter and pure maple syrup. I’m in LOVE with these bars!

I made these bars last week and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. I’ve been eating one every morning for breakfast (in fact I am having one now as I type this). These are by far, the best tasting bars I’ve ever had, they are chewy and have great texture, made with wholesome ingredients – one bar is a meal and it’s perfect to take on the go. They are also egg free, dairy free, vegan, and can be made gluten free if you use gf oats. Next time I make these, I plan on rolling them into smaller balls and turning them into healthy cookies instead.

The recipe is very slightly modified from the Power Hungry: Ultimate Energy Cookbook[1]. Camilla really knows how to make great tasting breakfast bars, you may remember the banana split bars[2] I made a few month back also from the same book.

You can use any type of mild flavored unsweetened nut butter, such as almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter. Peanut butter would also work perfectly well in this recipe, but it can overwhelm the flavor of the maple syrup. Toasting the oats and pecans adds tremendous flavor, but if you are in a hurry, you can skip this step.

Once made, individually and tightly wrap the bars in plastic wrap. Store the bars at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Alternatively, place the wrapped bars in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Let the frozen bars thaw at room temperature for about 1 hour.

Maple Cranberry Morning Bars
Very slightly modified from the Power Hungry: Ultimate Energy Cookbook[3]
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 16 • Size: 1 bar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 228 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 5 g • Carb: 27 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium: 46 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats (gluten-Free, if needed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped (by hand or in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (I used almond breeze)
  • 1/2 cup multigrain hot cereal, use GF, if needed (I used Bobs Red Mill 10 Grain)
  • 1 cup natural, unsweetened almond butter
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and then spray with nonstick spray.

Spread the oats and pecans on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes, shaking halfway through, until golden and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl; add the chopped cranberries.

Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in the multi-grain cereal and remove from the heat; let stand for 2 minutes. Add the nut or seed butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Cook and stir the mixture over low heat for 6 to 7 minutes or until thickened; remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

Immediately add the cereal mixture to the oats mixture, mixing with a spatula until coated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and flatten with the back of a measuring cup.

Place a large piece of parchment paper or wax paper atop the bar mixture and use it to spread, flatten, and very firmly compact the bars evenly in the pan. Cool completely. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Peel off the foil or parchment and cut into 16 bars.

References

  1. ^ Power Hungry: Ultimate Energy Cookbook (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ banana split bars (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Power Hungry: Ultimate Energy Cookbook (www.amazon.com)

Fruit Salad with Honey-Citrus Dressing

Fruit Salad with Honey-Citrus Dressing

by Pam on May 30, 2013

I was making s garlic-citrus flank steak for dinner along with a black bean salad and I decided to make a fresh fruit salad with a honey-citrus dressing to go with them. It was quick and easy to make and a great way to use up some fresh fruit that I had on hand. It was a light, refreshing, and delicious salad that paired perfectly with the rest of the meal.

Combine the orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and honey together in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Taste and add more honey if needed.

Combine the pineapple, mango, strawberries, green grapes, blueberries, and blackberries together in a large bowl. Drizzle the fruit salad with the honey citrus dressing, to taste, then toss to coat evenly. Serve and enjoy.

 



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Fruit Salad with Honey-Citrus Dressing




Yield: 6



Ingredients:

Juice and zest of 1/2 an orange
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tbsp of honey (more if needed)
1 cup of pineapple, chopped
1 cup of mango, chopped
1 cup of strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup of green grapes
1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of blackberries

Directions:

Combine the orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and honey together in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Taste and add more honey if needed.

Combine the pineapple, mango, strawberries, green grapes, blueberries, and blackberries together in a large bowl. Drizzle the fruit salad with the honey citrus dressing, to taste, then toss to coat evenly. Serve and enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

A quick and easy chili made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes and spices – the perfect weeknight meal. It has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potatoes without being too spicy for those of you who prefer a milder chili (you can of course bump up the heat if you wish).

I served this with some sweet potato chips which I found in the grocery store
and set out some chopped cilantro, scallions, sour cream and cheddar on the side as optional
toppings. Because this has no beans, it’s perfect for picky eaters (my youngest daughter is not a fan) and it’s also gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. This will be a part of my regular rotation, I highly recommend this one… enjoy!!

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
gordon-ramsay-recipe.com
Servings: 5 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 5 • Weight Watchers Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 235 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 23 g • Sugar: 4 g
Cholesterol: 81 mg • Sodium: 578 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 oz can Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin.

When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.

Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve.