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No Bake Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars

So in my Sugarless Blueberry Pumpkin Seed Chia Jam post last week I talked about my new workout schedule and healthy lifestyle. So far it’s going great! Like I said, we started running. Just a few minutes to start and we’ll work our way up. My mom and I are nothing close to runners, but everyone starts somewhere! In my Cheesy Mushroom & Kale Stuffed peppers post from the week before I also mentioned I had a laptop on it’s way. Well I’m super excited – it’s finally here! I’m the proud new owner of a new-to-me MacBook! Its used but refurbished and was on sale for a really great price! I just love it. It’s so refreshing and performs a million times better than my other laptop (that’s now collecting dust but also serves as a second back-up for storage and something to torrent movies on etc). My first time trying it out I looked for a wallpaper with google images and embarrassingly enough I even had to google how to scroll down. I actually like the whole two-finger motion instead of clicking and dragging on a scroll bar. It’s the little things, I guess! (Just like these bars, Mmm!)

I am definitely having a great summer. Especially since I’ve gotten back into my healthy routines and workouts etc, but I’ve also been going a lot of places and doing a lot of things! My mom and my friend Emma and I have been climbing to the tops of lighthouses, visiting random tourist places and shops and even visited the smallest library in Canada (it happens to be about a 30-minute drive from my house and I had no idea it even existed). It’s just this tiny little adorable room with a table and chairs and a guestbook in the middle. Then a window with an incredible view, and a little bench outside that faces the same view as the window. This past week we also went clam digging, then came home and cooked and ate them right away! Seafood is probably my favorite kind of food. But speaking of favorite foods, I also LOVE quick and easy energy bars. So tasty for a quick pick-me-up after a workout or to grab and go before work! Cherries were on sale this week, and I knew I had to get a nice big bag and make some recipes with them. Love how these turned out!

My friend Emma took one bite and said “Mmm, it’s like a chocolate bar but good for you!”, which is exactly what I’m going for – so I guess I did pretty good. It’s hard to knock cravings, but these help big time. I always get a little craving for something sweet or chocolatey after I eat a meal, and these are great to snack on when I get those feelings. It’s exactly what I need and I don’t have to feel the guilt afterwards! But the best part is, these don’t even have to be baked! And since we’re smack in the middle of the hottest week of the summer, it’s great that I don’t even have to break a sweat or warm up the kitchen with the heat of the oven to make these! Love it!

Feel free to follow my instagram! If you make these bars or any other of my recipes, tag them with #itscrunchthyme so I can see your creations! It makes me happy to see people trying out my recipes 🙂

hope you’re all having a great summer (or whatever season it is when you’re reading this!) xox


No Bake Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bars

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Yield: 6 bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil // melted
  • 1/4 c ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 c + 3/4 cup 100% whole grain oats
  • 1/4 c cherries // pitted & quartered
  • 1/4 c melted dark chocolate

Directions

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the dates, maple syrup, and coconut oil until smooth.
  2. Add 1/4 cup oats and continue blending.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and add the flaxseed and the other 3/4 cup oats and mix with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated.
  4. Fold in the cherries.
  5. Flatten by placing the mixture in between parchment paper and pressing down with something flat, shape it as you flatten to create a square shape.
  6. Gently cut into 6 pieces and separate each piece to drizzle the chocolate over.
  7. Allow to harden in the fridge for an hour.
  8. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container.

 

Sugarless Blueberry Pumpkin Seed Chia Jam (& Life Update!)

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Cheesy Mushroom & Kale Stuffed Peppers

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Beet, Feta & Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

If you’re like me, you sunburn easily. I probably should have put on more sunscreen the last time I went to the beach. In my last post I talked about our fun beach day, but also about our horrible sunburns we got. I googled things I can do to speed the healing process, and one website suggestion cold baths with baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar! So I did that. I actually think it helped some because my burns seem less red than Brett’s now. I should probably convince him to have one of those baths too. I also got some spray-on aloe vera. It’s way nicer than the goopy gel stuff. I heard from a friend that tea is good for sunburns. Like tea baths, or soak towels in tea and wrap yourself in them. I might prepare something like that for brett, because his is way worse than mine. His is scabbing and everything! I know, gross. I probably shouldn’t talk about that when I’m trying to make my recipe seem appetizing. But what’s more appropriate to talk about for a beet recipe than the fact we’ve been beet red for almost a week now 😉

These stuffed mushrooms are so good. (I almost said they can’t be beet but I just can’t bring myself to go there). Beet and feta go together so nicely. You’ll often see them paired in salads. But I bet you didn’t know they go nicely with mushrooms, too! I love finger foods you can eat in one bite. They’re perfect for dinner parties, BBQ’s, family gathers etc. Or just to binge eat by yourself like I do. No shame.

A helpful way to make recipes like this quicker is to always have cooked quinoa in the fridge. Although, in this recipe you cook the quinoa in mushroom broth, but that’s not entirely necessary. You could use regular cooked quinoa as well. Always having cooked quinoa in the fridge makes for quick & easy meal planning and cooking! You can whip up quick quinoa salads if you already have it on hand and ready to go. And you cut a big chunk of cooking time out of this recipe if you do as well! 🙂


Beet, Feta & Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 35m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Serves: 4
  • Yield: 8-10 mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c whole grain quinoa
  • 1/2 c mushroom broth
  • 1 beet // peeled & diced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 8-10 large brown or white mushrooms

Directions

  1. Put the mushroom broth in a small pot on high to boil.
  2. Once boiling, add quinoa, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 8 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  4. Remove stems from the mushrooms. With a knife scrape out any remaining brown gills to create a wider area to stuff.
  5. Mix the quinoa, diced beets, olive oil, parsley and salt.
  6. Stuff the mushrooms until slightly heaping.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let slightly cool.
  9. Enjoy!

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme


 

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Fried Egg & Cucumber Feta Salad Wraps

This week we’re having the best weather and I’m so excited about it! I’ve been down to the beach across from my house 3 times recently. I’m starting to realize how incredibly lucky I am to live across the street from it. I just walk down and plop my beach mat in the sand, and run towards the waves! You can’t get any better than that. It also makes me want to pick flowers all day long. Which I’ve done a few times, and made some pretty bouquets for my kitchen and end tables. Makes eating breakfast that much better 🙂

Speaking of flowers, I recently found out lilacs are edible! Which are everywhere, I’ve seen them on my walks with mom! I have this urge to experiment with edible flowers. I just LOVE the idea of combining flowers and food, two things I love so much! It’s just so gorgeous to see little flowers sitting on top of a smoothie bowl, or a simple salad. I did some research on edible flowers and ordered a few different seeds to plant on the side of my house. But I wish it was a bit easier to figure out if certain flowers around me are edible or not. First there’s the fact I have no idea what the name of most of the flowers around me are.  Does anyone know an easier way to figure out what kind of flower a flower is? Cause I’d love to hear it. And then I could search if it’s edible or not!

Can’t wait to make my food even more of a feast on the eyes with some gorgeous flowers and petals! Not to mention how fun it will be to experiment with the colors and flavors! All this new knowledge will probably help a lot when I’m out “in the wilderness” with mom on our camping trip we’re taking in september. We’re taking the least amount of things possible and going to try to use what’s around us to catch, make, cook and eat things! (Well, when I say catch I really just mean fish. We aren’t about to go out catching live rabbits). But maybe they’ll be some edible flowers around! There won’t be any eggs and feta cheese around though, so I won’t be able to make this scrumptious breakfast. I’ll have to make it the morning before I leave so I don’t miss it too much 🙂

By the way, the salad is so good even on it’s own! It would be a great side to any food for any meal! Perfectly quick and easy, and SO yummy!


Fried Egg & Cucumber Feta Salad Wraps

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 5m
  • Total Time: 15m
  • Serves: 2
  • Yield: 2 wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 c diced cucumber
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tortilla wraps
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 c diced feta
  • 1/8 c finely chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 c diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 c diced tomato
  • sriracha (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, cilantro, lemon juice, and salt & pepper (to taste). Toss to combine, then add the feta and lightly mix until evenly incorporated.
  2. Fry your eggs. Season with salt & pepper and cover with a lid to allow the top of the egg whites to cook. Remove from pan once the egg whites are fully opaque but your yolk is still runny.
  3. Lay out your tortillas. Use one egg for each wrap, then spoon on the cucumber salad.
  4. Optional: add sriracha.
  5. Enjoy!

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme


 

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