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Homemade Hummus (Raw)

I am very impressed with my first attempt at making hummus. This is a great dip or spread that pairs up with crunchy veggies as a tasty snack. You can also use this spread on homemade crackers or a great brand that can be found at any health food store is “Mary’s Gone Crackers.”

Hummus

Ingredients

1 16 oz can of chickpea, garbonzo beans (or white beans for those who have a hard time digesting beans)

1/4 cup liquid from can of beans

3-5 tablespoons of lemon juice*

1 1/2 Tablespoons of tahini**

1 clove of garlic, crushed (optional)

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 Tablespoons olive oil

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Procedure

1. Drain beans of choice- I used garbonzo beans for this one- set liquid aside

2. Add remainder of ingredients to a blender

3. Measure out 1/4 cup of liquid from beans and add to blender

4. Blend until smooth

If needed for texture, add 1 extra teaspoon of olive oil

* Lemons vary in size and bitterness. Start with 3 Tablespoons then add more if needed for taste

** Tahini is a creamy puree of roasted sesame seeds. You can use it for a creamy salad dressing.

Garnish: dried parsley & sesame seeds

Raw hummus should last for about a week. Enjoy on a sandwich or as one of the snacks recommended above. So easy, So delicious, So Nutritious!

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Homemade Protein Bars

Looking for a quick snack to grab on your way out the door? Here is a great recipe for homemade protein bars.  I usually add a little bit more than 1/2 a cup of unsweetened almond milk to enhance the texture. Enjoy!

1/2 cup Walnuts ( or pecans)

1/2 cup Almonds- chopped

1/2 cup raw almond butter
1 cup vanilla protein powder (I like french vanilla MRM brand- egg white protein)
4 cut up Pitted Dates (or figs)
1/4 cup ground flax
1/4- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup flaked unsweetened organic coconut pieces (can be shredded too)
1/4 unsweetened dried cranberries (optional)
2 tbsp organic unsweetened cocoa power (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients in mixing bowl. Spread into a 9in x 9in baking pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. Cool and slice in 3in x 5in pieces
Wrap individually to easily grab on your way out the door.

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