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Fruit and Nut Sweet Bites

November 12, 2010

If you’re anything like me, chances are you crave a little something sweet at the end of every meal. I don’t care how stuffed I am. It doesn’t have to be much; a bite or two is enough to keep the cravings at bay.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with sweet bites that won’t compromise my healthy lifestyle too much. And since willpower in the face of baked goods isn’t my specialty, having just a bite of pie or ice cream just doesn’t suit me. Seriously, does anyone have just one bite?

These little babies are my solution. No, they’re not as beautiful as a piece of pie, but they’re beautiful for your hips. Similar to my Homemade Larabars, which have been one of the most popular posts on my site to date, these treats are based off a mix of nuts and dried fruit. Not only have they made a great treat at the end of a meal, but I’ve found that tossing a few in a zip-top bag and taking them to work helps keep hunger at bay, too.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got packing, work and traveling to do! Will the packing and traveling ever end?! Thankfully my plans for the weekend are on the low-key side. And I couldn’t be more excited. See you Monday!

Fruit and Nut Sweet Bites 
(Printable Recipe) 

These little bites are sweetened naturally thanks to prunes and cashew or peanut butter. They will be slightly sticky, but not to worry. That’s how they are supposed to be. They moisture from the prunes and nut butter will keep them most for up to a week or two when stored in a zip-top bag. 

*1/2 cup prunes
*1/2 cup cashew butter or natural peanut butter
*1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
*1 Tbsp. pumpkin butter (optional)
*1/3 to 1/2 cup Kashi GoLean Crunch cereal or other crunchy cereal

*Place the prunes, nut butter, ground cinnamon and pumpkin butter, if using, in the bowl of a food processor. Process until ingredients form a paste, about 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
*Add in the cereal and process until all ingredients are well combined.
*Roll into balls by heaping tablespoons and store in a zip-top bag.

Happy Cooking!


Happy Baking!


Make-Your-Own Nut Butter

May 4, 2010

 Hi, my name is Madison and I love peanut butter. I also love ketchup, and it’s a well-known fact in my extended family, since every time we eat either turkey or ham, I go searching through the fridge of the aunt and uncle’s house I am at in search of ketchup to bring to the table.

Unfortunately, this is one duo that does not work well together. Though when J. returned from Europe in January, he did bring me back a chocolate bar that incorporated both. Let’s just say I am not going to be trying to sell any of you on that combination any time soon.

But what I really intended to discuss was homemade nut butter. A trip to the peanut butter section of the grocery store will most likely yield some non-peanut butter impostors: soy nut butter, almond butter, mixed-nut butter. They are, of course, impostors in the most wonderful sort of way. Along with the delicious, unusual taste comes an equally unusual and not so delicious price tag. Does anyone really think it’s a good idea to shell out $10 (yes, $10!) for a small jar of nut butter? Not this girl, especially when it’s so easy to make yourself.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been playing with this recipe, using peanuts, almonds, and walnuts (pictured). I love the taste of walnuts, though if you aren’t a walnut-lover to begin with I don’t think walnut-butter is going to change your mind. The process is simple, really. And unlike the labor-of-love homemade pop tarts of last week, this nut butter recipe can be completed and consumed in under 12 minutes. Grind up the nuts in a food processor, add a little oil and salt, process some more, and then a little more until you are left with a creamy nut butter better than anything you might buy on the supermarket shelves, for a whole lot less.

Homemade Nut Butter

*16 oz. (about 4 cups) toasted, unsalted nuts of your choice (I have tried this with almonds, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts and had success with all four, or you could use a combination)
*3 to 4 Tbsp. oil (I used light olive oil)
*1 1/2 tsp. salt (regular, table salt)

*In a food processor, process the nuts for 2-3 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs and becomes slightly pasty.
*Add in the oil and salt. Continue to process for 3-5 minutes more, scraping down the sides frequently, until creamy and smooth, with just a slight texture remaining.
*Refrigerate until ready to use.

Happy Cooking!