Super Power Slice

 

  

My kids are big talkers. I swear my thoughts pack up, slam the door to my brain and stomp down the stairs because they can’t compete. Is it time to give up now and have a mojito?

Ok so I’ve had my whinge.

I am constantly astounded by what women put themselves through. Tirelessly and without hesitation we put our greatest desires and needs on the back burner to ensure that those surrounding us have what they need, have love, have food and clothing and shelter.

I’m not sure about you, but I didn’t sign anything to say that I was not important and that what I wanted no longer counts!

I’m making a declaration right here and right now to all 3 of my followers 😉 that I am putting myself first! I will ensure that I am living the life I desire and am doing it with love and gratitude so I can set an example for my children to do the same for themselves. I will do this to the best of my ability, with purpose, love and joy. I am enough.

Enough of the woo woo stuff!

This, to me is more powerful for my children to see from me rather than a mum that is “pretending” to have it all, be strong  and have her shit together. A woman that is true to herself is a powerful thing.

Sorry going kumbaya on you again.

I have been so blessed to have met some amazing women over the last couple of years and each has a story of their own. These women have a super power (some have two or three!) that they use on a daily basis to get through the shitty times, the tough moments and the grind of everyday life.

This delicious slice adapted from a recipe by one of these most amazing women, is so easy to make and you can add anything you like to it to change it up. I make this and give it to my kids in their lunch boxes… and usually ensure that quality control is undertaken by consuming at least 3 pieces before putting it in their lunch… what???

Lets Slice!

Stuff You Put In

  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots (sulphite free if you can get ’em) or any other dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, inca berries.
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup of nuts – can use macadamias, cashews, almonds, walnuts, brasil nuts or a mix.
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 2 tbsp raw honey

Sir Mix-a-lot 

  • Put all the stuff in your food processor and mix until well combined and looks almost like a fine crumb. If you like big chunks then stop at your desired consistency.

Miss Slice and Dice

  • Line a small rectangle dish or baking tray with baking paper and press the mix into the dish/pan until firmly packed down.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until set – if you have the will power!
  • Slice and dice to serve!

Variations: 

  • Instead of cacao powder you could use a chocolate protein powder. 
  • If you can tolerate chia seeds (which I can’t as they seem to upset my tummy) you could use 1/4 cup shredded coconut and 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • You could roll the mix into balls and coat in desiccated coconut

Nuthouse Nuts

This one goes out to Moo and Sal. Sisters from CrossFit Iron Lion who everyday make me smile, laugh and appreciate everything that I have. These two have their own sister language, a secret handshake and a zest for life that I haven’t seen in a long time. I love it. There are not many people who finish WODS with massive smiles on their faces and yell out how much they love CrossFit, whilst “Eye of the Tiger” is playing, (ok well maybe there is a few of us), but Moo does it with such passion! And Sal, you’re a bloody champ and I have seen you grow so strong over the last few months and become more determined than ever. You inspire me 😉

I also love these gals because they share paleo food stories and recipes with me and this one they gave to me with a warning… “you’ll eat it all in one sitting”. I concur, this stuff is ADDICTIVE! But so delicious. I think it would be great to make this for a movie night because once you sit down, reach into the bowl for a handful… you wont stop. I have tweaked this from the original, and by tweak I mean added a bunch of random things,  because I had different ingredients in the pantry.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 3 tablespoons of pepitas
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup
  • sea salt

Making the Nuts in the Nuthouse

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celsius

In a mixing bowl place all ingredients except the salt and mix well.

Line a baking tray with baking paper. You might want to do one piece in each direction as the maple syrup will run so it will keep a bit tidier (less washing up)

Spread out the nut mix on the tray evenly and bake for about 25 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn, I forgot to do this because it was the kids bath/dinner time, but I don’t mind the more ‘caramelized’ bits 😉

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Once baked, season with sea salt and then let the nuts cool a bit before breaking it up into shards, clumps or do what I did and just eat it straight off the tray whilst cooking dinner and it doesn’t even make it to the container… whatever.

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No Muesli ‘Muesli’ Bars

Trying to find healthy things for my toddler to eat is sometimes nearly impossible. He’s a stubborn dude with a unique palate. Sometimes he’ll eat anything I give him and I mean anything. I once found him eating raw onion… what!?! But then other times he just wants a mango foozi (mango smoothie) and nothing else. Ugh.

This is my latest attempt to turn a childhood snack of mine (Uncle Toby’s Chewy Choc Chip Muesli Bars, remember those?) into a paleo snack for the little man. He loves it by the way, but then so does the dog…

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Ingredients
1 cup Slivered Almonds
1 1/2 cups Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/3 cup Pepitas
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/3 cup Coconut Oil, melted
1/4 Almond Butter
1/4 cup Honey
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 large Egg
3/4 cup Dark Chocolate Chips or your favorite chopped dried fruit (optional)

Putting It All Together
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius
2. Grease with some coconut oil a smallish rectangle baking pan approximately 20cm x 30cm. You can line it with baking paper if you want. Actually do both.
3. Pulse the pepitas in a food processor a couple of times make them a bit smaller.
4. Mix together the egg, coconut oil, almond butter, honey and vanilla essence.
5. Add the almond meal and baking soda and mix to combine.
6.Then add the slivered almonds, shredded coconut, pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and chocolate chips (or dried fruit) Mix well to combine.
7. Pour the mixture into prepared baking pan. Spread out evenly and flatten with your hand or the back of a spatula.
8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Let it cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars (I put mine in the fridge before cutting).
10. Cut the baked slice into bars and wrap individual bars in wax paper or cling wrap for easy travel. Store in the fridge.

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