Craving for something sweet and healthy, that will also fill you up so you won’t need to eat a big portion, and you won’t crave for more? Blend some fresh strawberries, add some oat flakes and a teaspoon of coconut oil and blend more. For a titchy bit of spiciness add a few slices of ginger root and blend well. Add a teaspoon of chia seeds and stir well with a spoon. Let sit in the fridge for about an hour, so the chia seeds absorb some of the liquid and expand. Serve cold, honey or agave nectar on top if you wish and added sweetness. Sprinkle some cinnamon or coconut on top, or even a bit of cayenne pepper if you wish.
Chia seeds are very filling, coconut oil has lots of healthy properties and taste great. Ginger is great for your digestion, weight loss, detox….Oats are an excellent soruce of….blah blah…it’s delicious and healthy, and really easy to make! Enjoy!
psyllium husk *
organic milk or rice milk
organic unrefined butter (or coconut oil)
sesame seeds *
dried prunes chopped small or any other dried fruit*
1 egg white
pure cocoa powder *
spirulina powder *
shredded coconut *
vanilla flavor *
Ingredients with * are optional.
In a bowl, place the rolled oats, flour, chopped prunes, walnuts, sesame seeds, 2-3 spoons psylilum husk (not a lot). The psyllium husk is optional, but it will make the bar stick together better, be a bit more chewy. Without the psyllium husk you’ll have a slightly crumbly bar. Place a few cubes or slices of butter on top and let it sit for about 10 min so the butter softens (same goes with coconut oil, place a few spoons of coconut oil). Add some rice flour, a dash of sea salt, and mix with your hand until the butter blends well with all the rest and you have a crumbly mix (not a sticky mix). If the mix is sticky, you have too much butter. In this case add more dry ingredients.
Add half cup or so of milk and the egg white and mix again with your hand. Now you should have a sticky paste, something resembling a dough. You should be able to shape it in a lump.
If you want to make granola bars woth different flavors separate the dough into several lumps. \
Here are some variations:
Add pure cocoa powder
add spirulina and chia seeds
add cinnamon and organic vanilla flavor
Spread in a greased pan and bake for about 20-30 minutes. Don’t let it dry too much or darken. When you take it out of the oven you want it to be still soft. It will seem like it’s baked, but once it cools down it will harden and dry more. Let it cool down for a bit and cut it in cubes or whatever shape you want. Store in air tight container. it can be frozen as well.
In a previous post I showed how you can make a strawberry jam without any sugar added. You can use this jam to make a delicious and healthy strawberry pudding.
Place oat milk, rice milk, almond milk or regular milk in a pan. Warm it up. Start pouring over bit by bit whole rice flour, and stir at the same time. Pour about half cup rice-flour for 3 cups milk. Keep boiling on low fire and stirring at the same time, till it thickens. If it’s not thick enough, you can add more flour. If it’s too thick, add more milk. Then add a few spoons of the strawberry jam, you can add only 3-4 spoons or 10 spoons if you’d like! Pour the hot pudding in bowls, and let cool down. Decorate with fresh strawberries and honey or agave nectar if you like it sweeter. You can also sprinkle coconut, almonds, dried fruit, sesame seeds, chia seeds, small cubes of fresh apple or fresh pear or fresh mango…etc
If you don’t have strawberry jam, then you need to prepare a strawberry mix before starting the pudding. Wash and cut about 5 strawberries for one cup of milk. Place them in a pot with only a tiny bit of water on the bottom. Bring to boil and keep stirring while boiling, you’ll see it first become all pink, then darken and thicken. The thicker the better. It all depends how much ime and patience you have. You can boil it for only about 15 minutes, or for 40 minutes. When it’s done, set it aside, you will add this into your pudding.
It can be used as toddler food as well.