Friday, May 23, 2014

Coconut Lime "Tarabars"

I love Larabars, but I wanted to find a way to make them myself to save $$, and to devise my own favorite flavor combos! 

These are made much like the Figgy Walnut Bars I posted previously, but I was going for a 'key lime' kind of flavor. I think it came together pretty great, and I hope you do too! 

So without further ado...

Makes 12 'Tarabars' :)

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups dried pineapple chunks
3/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
1 cup whole almonds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp lime juice (or to taste; zest might be even better)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp coconut oil

1. Combine everything into a food processor. Process until it forms nice clumps, and holds together well. 

2. Line a 8x8 pan with plastic wrap with enough to wrap over the mixture. Press mixture evenly into pan. Wrap with plastic. Pop into fridge for 15 min (helps to firm it up, and make it easier to cut).

3. Cut into 12 bars.

Store these in a cool place (fridge is best for longer storage, and to keep them firmer), wrapped individually, or layer wax paper in between the bars to prevent them from sticking together. 
I think they should keep for several weeks if they are wrapped well, since it's just dried fruit & nuts. And the citric acid in the lime juice is a natural preservative too, so that can't hurt ;)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Wegmans Hummus

Tried these new flavors from the hummus bar! I must figure out how to make these at home!

1) Caramelized onion flavor (info copied from wegmans' site)

Ingredients:  Chickpeas, Filtered Water, Caramelized Onions (Onions, Canola Oil, Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Spices, Citric Acid), Tahini (Sesame Seed Paste), Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Dehydrated Onions, Lemon Juice Concentrate, White Vinegar, Citric Acid, Garlic Puree (Garlic, Canola Oil, Citric Acid)
Warnings:  ALLERGENS: Contains None.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Cup (60g)
Servings Per Container: varies

     Calories from Fat60

Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*

Total Fat7 g (11%)
     Saturated Fat0 g (0%)
     Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg (0%)
Sodium320 mg (13%)
Total Carbohydrate12 g (4%)
     Dietary Fiber4 g (16%)
     Sugars2 g
Protein4 g

Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C4%
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2. Sweet potato ?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Carrot Pineapple Loaf

My mom made this for our Easter dinner.
It made with regular wheat flour, but I am posting it in case anyone was wondering how it was made! I'd love to try it sometime with a GF flour.

Makes 4 small loafs


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups baking stevia
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and dust with flour loaf pans.

Mix flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, baking powder together. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, oil, and applesauce until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Mix in carrots and pineapple. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Stir in nuts, and pour into loaf pans.

Bakes 50 min. or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean with a few crumbs.