Dried Fruit and Nut Bars.

There is so many advertisement about different energy, granola, snack bars now. A lot of companies assure you about their natural ingredients, health benefits and great taste.

Some of them really taste good, but what the companies hide behind the labels? We don’t know. We can not be sure about any food that we didn’t make. The best choice is to make your own bars. It is really easy and the result is definitely better than the bars from the grocery store.

This recipe I found at the book “The Eat-Clean Diet. Vegetarian Cookbook” by Tosca Reno. The bars are easy to make and they taste much better than the store ones.

Dried and Nut Bars.

This recipe is very flexible, as long as you keep proportions the same. Feel free to make it your own by changing up the dried fruits and nuts to suit your taste.

I used dried turkish apricots this time. Remember: when you buy dried apricots, they should be dark brown color. Bright orange color is the sign of added colors, sugar and chemicals to them.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole oat flour ( I used gluten-free oat flour)

2 tbsp oat bran ( I used gluten-free oat bran)

2 tbsp coconut sugar or any other sugar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp flaxseed

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1,5 cup combination almond, walnuts, and pecans, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dried cherries

and any other dried fruit

1 whole egg+ 2 egg whites ( You can also use egg substitute)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Preheat the oven to 325F. Line the square or rectangle pan with parchment paper, allowing a little extra to hang out the two opposite sides.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in flaxseed, hemp seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans and dried fuit, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, beat whole egg, egg whites and vanilla extract until thick and foamy. Add to fruit and nut mixture and mix thoroughly.

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Scrape into prepared pan, pressing mixture into edges. Bake on center rack of oven for about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly. Lift bars out of pan by holding onto edges of parchment paper. Let finish cooling on a wire rack. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

These bars are really one of the favorites at our house, and I am trying to make them every week. No more store bought for us!!!!

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Vitacost Order.

I always try to make my Vitacost order once in 2 months, so I get enough stuff to last us for a while.

I mentioned already in the previous post, that their prices are unbeatable, but sometimes you should check it out, because you can find the same product for less money in the grocery store.( It happened to me maybe once), but I still saved the money because of using the coupons, and promo codes.

This time the order was big, because I needed different kinds of gluten-free flours, soap for Sophia, salt, coconut milk etc.

This is what I get:

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How to save even more on Vitacost?

1. I used the promo code for 10% off for my order.

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4. Because I was ordering some coconut products they had a promotion and gave me 3 jars of coconut oil for free.

Generally I saved around 60$ of my order.

Here are some things that I usually order from Vitacost:

1. Earth’s Best Tots Flushable Wipes. Chlorine Free.

These are the best wet wipes for potty training and they are chemicals free. They are more expensive in the regular store. I ended up paying 2.96$ for a package.

2. Mary’s Gone Crackers. Original Seed Crackers.

These are my favorite REAL gluten-free crackers. They taste super delicious. GMO free, organic, nut free, dairy free, gluten free. The best price on Vitacost. They cost 5.60$ at Whole Foods. I ended up paying 4.31$

3. Selina Naturally Celtic Sea Salt Fine Ground.

I only buy Celtic Sea salt. Celtic salt is good for you and when you use it, you don’t need a lot of it, just a little.

The price at Whole Foods is 13$. I ended up paying 8.90$

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2. Promotes Cellular Health.

3. Combat Fatigue.

Noni Juice is usually expensive, and the best price I found on Vitacost-8.99$

5. Avalon Organics Tear-Free Baby Shampoo and Body Wash.

This is the only soap that I use for my daughter. Her skin is very sensitive and it gets worse in winter. This soap has no chemicals, no smell, and works great for us. Vitacost Price 5.45$, Whole Foods Price 8.50$

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