Thank you for visiting me on the path towards a better life. I started Green Gracious as a way to document that most of the time, the process of taking care of ourselves and the planet takes place one step at a time. I hope you will continue to join me on my journey and use it to start one of your own.
My family and I have been gradually changing the way we eat even more lately. I have been cooking up a lot more gluten-free, sugar-free, vegangoodness. Every once in a while I stumble upon something worth sharing with you...like these (self-named) coconutty delicious bars.
These are an adaptation on the raisin nut bar recipe found in Clean Food. I am not a big raisin fan, so I substituted dates and added some coconut. Give it a shot. Mix it up. Make it yours. And enjoy how yummy healthy can be.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups chopped dates (I use the food processor) 1 cup quinoa flour (or brown rice flour) 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats 1 cup walnuts and almonds chopped (food processor again)
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup canola oil 1/4 cup maple syrup 100% pure Apple juice as needed (I didn't use any) Preheat oven to 350 Place dates in bowl and cover with boiling water. Let sit 10 minutes or until soft. Drain and press out excess water. Chop softened dates and set aside. In large bowl, combine flour, oats, nuts, and salt. In separate bowl, whisk together oil and syrup. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, add dates and mix until blended. You want the dough to be moist enough to stick together. Add apple juice if needed to achieve this consistency. Oil 6 x9 inch glass casserole and press in batter so it sticks together and is consistently thick throughout. Pre-cut into squares and bake 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely before removing from pan. Store in airtight container.