So, for those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you may know that I work with kids teaching them how to eat healthy. This week has been a busy one because we had some holiday presentations in the after school program and I also taught a cooking class at the Jewish Community Center where I work as well. For the after school kids, we made Chocolate No-Bake Nutty Bites, and the kids got to pass them out to their parents. I made these as well as an Apple Sunflower Roll in the cooking class today at the JCC and both were an outrageous hit! I wanted to share the recipes with you so you can enjoy them with your family. 🙂
Chocolate Dipped No-Bake Nutty Bites
Ingredients for Bites:
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups puffed rice cereal
½ cup finely chopped dates
½ cup raw cashews, chopped
½ cup natural brown sugar
½ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup smooth sunflower seed butter
1 ½ cup raw cacao powder
1 ¾ cup raw agave
½ cup coconut oil
¼ tsp sea salt
Also, you will need wax paper to place finished product on.
To make the Nutty Bites:
Line a few plastic airtight containers with wax paper. Kids can help measure the oats, cereal, apricots, and cashews and combine in a medium sized bowl. Mix with a big spoon. Add in sunflower seed butter and mix. I like to mix it with my hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy, it’s fun!
Next, combine the brown sugar and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan. Cook the mixture over medium heat. Stir constantly, until it comes to a boil and then pour the oat mixture in and stir together.
When the mixture is cool enough to handle, shape into 1-1/2 inch balls using lightly greased hands, and then place aside.
To make the chocolate for dipping:
In small bowl, combine cacao powder, agave, coconut oil and salt. Whisk together until smooth. Can refrigerate for 10 min to chill.
Take balls and dip them half way in chocolate and then directly place them on the wax paper. Put in freezer for 10 min to harden.
Apple Sunflower Roll
1 organic apple of choice
1 tablespoon Earth Balance soy-free butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple juice
sprinkle of cinnamon
sprinkle of nutmeg
1 piece of whole wheat lavash bread
4 tablespoons sunflower butter
3 tablespoons apple butter
Slice your apple into 1/4″ slices. Melt Earth Balance in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the apple slices, brown sugar, apple juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir until apples are coated in the mixture. Cook until the apples are soft, 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When the apples are done, remove from heat, transfer to a plate and allow to cool to room temperature. Stir together the sunflower butter and apple butter in a bowl.
Spread the butters on the bread, stopping 1/2″ from the edges. Place the fried apple slices on top of the butter. Roll the sandwich. You can cut into ¼ inch rolls, in half or eat one gigantic sandwich!
For more healthy family recipes or for Nutrition Coaching services, contact me! Holiday gift certificates for nutrition coaching available and I work with distance clients via email/Skype! Email me for details!