Happy Weekday my little Goji Berries (if you haven’t already gathered this, we’re working with Goji berries today)!!
So much to talk about, such little time…
Besides the workout’s challenge, I successfully taught my first boot camp class on Saturday morning! It’s a free class put on by my best friend, Anne, and she’s
pushing out my comfort zone wanting me to take over some of the classes. I happily kicked some bridal boot camp butt.
Alrighty, onto the food!
This bar is hardly 100% original, but definitely customizable and definitely appetizing. Ok, ok, it’s much more than appetizing, it’s purely delicious in every way… right down to the giant sea salt crystals sprinkled on top.
No time wasting today, so let’s get started on the instructions.
I call this my chocolate-goji mound of love. You may call it yummy.
Step 1: Gather ingredients
Now, if you really want to get fancy with this bar, you’ll go forage your goji berries. For most of you, myself included, hopping on a plane to southeast Asia to harvest these now-dried fruits is hardly in the budget so we’ll just settle for some Amazonian-convenience.
Ok, now that we have purchased said berry, raw almonds, dates, and just a few other key items, and sprouted some buckwheat, we’re ready to work.
Step 2: Labor
Alright, this may sound incredible complicated and time consuming, but trust me, your patience will be rewarded.
In a food processor, grind raw almonds into a powder. Add in the rest of the ingredients and process again.
See! Your patience is rewarded!
Step 3: Varietize
(there cannot only be two steps, people.)
When I make a recipe, I like to alter it, even if it’s my own. Variety is the spice of life and I’m no stranger to variety (says the woman who could eat a kabocha with mustard every day of her life).
With any leftover “bar” simply roll into tiny balls and lather in cocoa powder… or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Brownie Mix you just happen to have leftover from a past recipe. So.Freakin’.Good. Either way.
And since we haven’t wasted any time with this post, here’s the recipe.
Almond Buckwheat Goji Raw Bars
[how about ABG Raw Bars for short]
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup sprouted buckwheat (or more almonds or nut of choice)
- 1 cup pitted soft dates
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup goji berries
- 3 tbsp chocolate chunks (any kind- I used organic dark chocolate chunks)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- sprinkle of fleur de sol (or more sea salt) for topping
In a food processor, grind almonds into a powder, a few chunks are fine too. Add in the buckwheat (if using), dates, sea salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. Process again until desired consistency.
In a large bowl, combine the goji berries, chocolate chunks, and almond mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Line a baking sheet or small glass dish with plastic wrap and press dough into dish/pan, any desired thickness or shape. Sprinkle with fleur de sol and cover the top of bars with more plastic wrap. (At this point, I used a flat cup to press down the bars, making the top uniform- you can skip this step) Place in the freezer for an hour to harden.
Remove from freezer and slice into pieces.
Easy, delicious, high fuel potential. Why not make these. The substitutions are endless.
Don’t have almonds or buckwheat? Use any nut or seed!
Don’t have goji berries? Use any dried fruit! Think raisins, candied ginger, tart cherries.
Not a cinnamon fan? *gasp!* It’s ok, try out cocoa powder, chili powder, and a pinch of cayenne.
Eating should be fun. It should be enjoyed. And it should be shared.
I sent these, along with more goodies (you’ll have to wait later in the week for) to a friend who could use a care package.
Thanks for reading! And a huge hello to the new readers I know are out there! Each and every comment I get (or even don’t get) brings a giant smile to my face. I appreciate you!
Alright, without further time wasting, happy Monday. See you tomorrow?
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