Saturday, December 11, 2010

Raspberry Coconut Bars

Makes 24 bars.

Preheat the oven at 350F and butter a 20 inch square baking tray.

In a big bowl add together and mix all at once:
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup agave syrup

Mix until butter is evenly distributed, the batter will be crumbly. 

Set aside ~ 1/3 cup of the mixture and mix with 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut meat.

To the remaining mixture add 1 egg and mix well - the batter won't be very smooth.

Spread the batter over the base of the baking tray in an even layer.

Add 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen).

Sprinkle with the coconut mixture and bake for 45-55 minutes, until firm.

Cut in 24 bars.

Nutritional info per 1 of the 24 bars: Calories: 122, Total Fat: 7.3g, Saturated Fat: 4.7g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 4mg, Total Carb: 14.3g, Dietary Fiber: 1.8g, Sugars: 0.8g, Protein: 1.9g
Vitamin A: 4%, Vitamin C: 3%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 3%

For the vegan version (or a just lighter version) of these bars use:
* vegetable oil instead of butter
* 1/4 cup apple sauce/apple puree instead of 1 egg

Sunday, December 5, 2010

St. Nick's Chocolate Cookies (vegan)

Perfect for waiting for St. Nicholas on this snowy December Sunday.

Makes 50 cookies in no time.

Preheat oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl, add together and mix well after each addition:

- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup (filtered) water
- 1/2 cup agave syrup (you can add more if you prefer really sweet cookies)

Use a cookie scoop, tablespoon or cookie cutter to produce consistently sized cookies of desired shapes. Place them onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes.

Nutrients per 1 of 50 cookies: Calories: 80, Total Fat: 5.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.7g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 1mg, Total Carb: 9g, Dietary Fiber: 1.6g, Sugars: 0.1g, Proteins: 1.4g
Calcium: 1%, Iron: 3%
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