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{Gluten-Free & Vegan} Chocolate Peanut Butter Nut & Seed Bars

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{Gluten-Free & Vegan} Chocolate Peanut Butter Nut & Seed Bars

adapted from 86 Lemons which was previously adapted from Vegan Heartland

1 1/2 cups organic rolled oats (gluten-free)

1/4 cup LSA (Linseed, Sunflower, Almond)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/2 cup organic quinoa puffs

1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup agave nectar

1 cup organic peanut butter

1/2 cup chopped vegan chocolate

This is a super easy recipe with no cooking involved, and raw if you use the right ingredients. You literally just stir everything together using any ingredients you wish or happen to have on hand, flatten in a container lined with baking paper to make it easy to lift out, refrigerate over night or freeze for an hour or so until firm (I did a combination of both as I tried the fridge and became a bit impatient), and then cut them into bars. This makes heaps so best to keep in freezer or make a smaller batch depending on how many you think you can eat.

My little helper enjoyed eating the nuts and seeds from the plate and reaching in to taste test the bars on the plate even though the one he ate before was obviously pretty yummy! I think Zaedyn likes these bars 😉 If you wanted to make them for your little ones and are worried about choking, you could always chop the nuts finer by hand or even quickly in the food processor. Zaedyn has been eating nuts for a long time and chews them very well on their own as a snack so he manages these fine.

*I love nut bars and have been wanting to make these for a long time. They are so yummy, but I think I would make them without the chocolate next time as I had planned. Of course chocolate and peanut butter is yummy together together though, but I would like to make them without the chocolate and peanut butter as well or even the possibility of changing the flavour with dried fruit. We don’t usually have any dried fruit although this would be a perfect way to increase iron with some chopped dried apricots.

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Enjoy! I would love to hear if you decide to make these, or any variation you think you might like to try. You really can just use up a mix of all sorts from your pantry.

Raw Vegan Cauliflower Popcorn

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I haven’t quite decided what I think of this yet, but either way it was successful. The bowl was empty when Zaedyn and I finished. It is super easy and full of raw goodness. Plus I love raw cauliflower! Although I should use nutritional yeast more often, I don’t. I have previously used flakes and am trying the powder now. This is all about to change though.

Nutritional yeast, or nooch, will definitely become a part of my recipes and can easily be added to all sorts. Some people use it specifically for its “cheesy” flavour. As with meat and eggs, I am not a vegan that misses cheese; however, I can see the possibilities of using this as a “cheesy” flavour. I have been recreating a few dishes hoping to come across some new ideas for David as we both get stuck on our favourites. Not sure if the cauliflower popcorn will appeal to him, but I have a few new ideas on how to use nutritional yeast.

This idea of cauliflower “popcorn” began with Pinterest, and I searched quickly online to see what recipes were out there. I didn’t really follow any specific one as they are all pretty similar with the idea of oil, nutritional yeast, and spices. I chose to be different and use cayenne pepper which is high in vitamin A as well as containing B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, and capsaicin. If you do not want it spicy, you can use your favourite herbs or spices to make different flavours. We usually have avocado oil which is what I used, but you could substitute the oil for your choice as well. There isn’t a specific recipe, but more like guidelines, as it truly is versatile. To make it “cheesier” add more nutritional yeast. All you do is shake it up and eat. It really is that simple. If you do not want to eat it raw, you can also put this in a dehydrator. Just remember to buy nutritional yeast that is vegan and is fortified with B12. The nutritional yeast I bought has naturally produced B2 and B12 during fermentation, along with added B2 and B12 before the drying process as well as B1, B6, niacin, and folic acid. Now you see why I am happy that Zaedyn was eating it. I know that he was getting lots of beneficial nutrients.

Zaedyn tried to help me shake the “popcorn” up, but the container was a bit too heavy. He instantly examined it and tried a piece as soon as the lid was off. I love to see his curiosity and his willingness to try new things. He loved it! After moving from the ground to the table, he ate some more before taking it outside along with our paw paw smoothie. Kai was pretty curious as well! This will be another nutritious snack to remember.

How do you use nutritional yeast?