A raw food diet is about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods so you get all the nutrients without the dangerous additives. It’s a great way to cleanse the body, your skin becomes a lot clearer, you will have a lot more energy and it improves your digestion. It means cutting out refined sugar and only eating food that is raw or heated up in a dehydrator that is below 110 Fahrenheit.
I took the steps to removing refined sugar from my diet over a year ago. I did miss the sugar taste at first but after a while my taste buds changed – for the better.
Raw food doesn’t have to be all fruit and veg, you can still enjoy deserts and treats.
Making raw snacks are easy to do and have a fulfilling taste. Take a look at our raw date bars here
These little bars of goodness are so delicious full of nutty flavours with a rich deep, dark chocolate
125g ground rolled oats or oat flour
125g ground cashew nuts
60ml maple syrup/rice syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
350g dates – medjool
95g merdian smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
20ml water (if needed)
Raw Chocolate topping
100g coconut oil
60g cacao powder
4 tbsp maple syrup (50ml)
- Make the base. Grind up the oats if you do not have oat flour in a blender. Add in the cashew nuts with the coconut oil and syrup – if like me, your blender is too small then grind the oats and cashew nuts separately and then combine a bowl with the coconut oil and syrup. It should be the consistency of dough, but not too wet. Press the base mixture into a square or silicone tin. Place into the freezer to set.
- Make the caramel. Blend the dates, peanut butter and coconut oil together – I blended the dates first and then mixed in the peanut butter and oil. Chop the peanuts into pieces and add them into the mixture (you could keep them whole if you prefer) Add on to the top of the base and place back in the freezer.
- Make the chocolate. Melt some coconut oil and in the cacao powder and maple syrup. Mix together. Pour on to the caramel and place it back into the freezer to finish setting. Leave for a few hours or overnight. Cut into chunks.
Raw snickers need to be stored in the fridge or freezer as the chocolate melts.
These little snicker bars are so tasty and very Moorish. You get the creamy texture from the base and caramel, the sour bitter taste from the chocolate and sweetness from the dates and syrup.
Looking for a guilt free snack? Well look no further.
These nutty date bars are nothing but full of goodness. They are guilt free, healthy and delicious. What makes them special is that they are made from raw ingredients. There are no artificial flavourings, preservatives, added sugars added into the bars. You get the sweetness from the dates and coconut and a little crunch from the almonds and flax seeds.
Make them up in batches and store in the fridge ready to grab and go.
- 20 dates, sliced and de-stoned (medjool dates)
- 2 tbsp coconut water
- 3 handful of blanched almonds
- 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp ground milled flax
- 1 tbsp flax seeds
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 3 tbsp organic oats
- 3 tbsp oat bran
- Place the dates and the coconut water together in a processor and mix together until you have a paste.
- Add in the almonds and mix again, until the paste and almonds are ground together.
- Place the mixture into a bowl
- Add in all of the other ingredients and combine together (we added in the oat bran and coconut flour towards the end as it was too sticky)
- You may need to use your hands to mix well
- Place the mixture onto a sheet of cling film and model it into a square by pressing down with your fingers
- Place a sheet of clingfilm ont op and press down. Use a rolling-pin to get it flat and as square as you can.
- Put in to the freezer for a couple of hours
- Take out of the freezer and remove from the clingfilm. Cut up into bar shapes.
- Wrap each bar individually in cling film and place back into the fridge ready to eat.
These bars are very versatile and once you have the date mixture you can pretty much add anything you want.
They are perfect for picnics, pack lunches and to add into your bag for some food on the go. They are full of fibre and protein.
It’s National Trail Mix Day on the 31st August, yes, You heard correctly. There is a national holiday all about nuts, fruit and seeds.
The great thing about trail mixes are that you can pretty much add anything you want to together, knowing that they are full of goodness and it will be full of flavour. You will get the sweetness from the dried fruits and the crunchiness from the nuts and seeds.
Nuts.com have teamed up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food to celebrate with a contest! I have been challenged to create a new trail mix or my own. I had to choose two items from a list and then add other items to the mix. We chose Goji berries and Cacao Nibs (click on Goji and Cacao to go through to the website)
The Pop of colour Trail mix Ingredients:
- Pecan Nuts
- Freeze Dried Strawberries
- Dried Mango
- Goji Berries
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Coconut Slices
- Cacao Nibs
- 1tsp Chia Seeds
- 1tsp Cinnamon
- 1tsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Most of the ingredients above can be found at www.nuts.com
Trail Mixes are simple to make. We used 3tbsp of all of the ingredients, but its your choice on however much you want to make. Add all of the ingredients into a plastic zip lock bag, close it up and shake away. Rub the mix together through the bag, ensuring that all of the oil and cinnamon evenly coats the ingredients. Get the children involved in the mixing and choosing the ingredients.
Empty the contents from the bag onto a tray to dry out a little. Once ready, place the mix into smaller snack bags and store in the fridge or a cupboard ready to be grabbed as you leave the door.
Trail mixes are ideal for snacks on the go, pack lunches, picnics, adding to your breakfast or topping onto a yoghurt.
- Cacao nibs are high in Fibre, magnesium and potassium
- Goji Berries are high in vitamin A. The blue-red colours found in goji berries are natural anti-oxidants which may help protect the body against oxidative damage. Contains Lycium barbarum polysaccharides which may benefit the immune function, and may reduce fatigue.
- Almonds are a good source of fiber and protein. Naturally low in sugar.
- Pistachio nuts are rich in vitamin B6 and E, they are good for your skin and immune system
- Pecans are a good source vitamin B1, thiamin. Rich in protein and critical minerals for growth and metabolism.
- Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
- Pumpkin Seeds are high in Zinc which is good for the immune system and omega 3 fats. They are rich in vitamin k, E and B. Full of Protein. Contains huge amounts of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis
- Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties
This is our entry into the competition for a chance to be featured on the nuts.com blog, also to win a trail mix selection.