do-it-yourself

1 Aug

In my opinion, almost everything made yourself is better. Especially when it comes to food. You have the control over exactly what ingredients you’re using, the quality, and the amount. It is also a great way to save money. It is always best to make something opposed to buying it for hundreds of reasons. It is always convenient to have a bar-type of snack you can easily pack up and bring for a snack. There are very few bars out there worth buying. Even If they look/ say they are healthy most are either full of sugar,refined grains, plus a ton of preservatives and additives that are just not necessary. Well, Larabars are definitely one of the best if you must buy some. They are very close to being raw, and are definitely vegan, gluten free, and everything else free but nuts & dates. The ingredients are just different types of nuts and dates, plus any other fruit or spice they include. Since they are so simple and healthy why not make them yourself? (plus save 3 dollars a bar). Making your own Larabars is super easy, and you get to make it exactly how you want. There are no fillers, preservative, artificial anything, and no processing at all.

Just combine nuts and dates in your vitamix. You can add any of the following: ground flax, chia, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon, ginger, orange zest, lemon zest, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut, the list goes on and on…

The consistency will be soft and a little wet-ish at first. Chill and store in fridge!

So I had some sprouted chickpeas in the fridge…and what a better way to use them than a chickpea crust veggie pizza! (again making your own crust is such a better option that buying a pre-made crust-even if its vegan). If you must buy it, less ingredients are always better-I rarely buy anything containing more than 5 ingredients.

The simple ingredients for this crust: Sprouted chickpeas + fresh herbs

Lindsay and I turned on some cooking music and completely winged it. We threw  the chickpeas in the vitamix  with some herbs, and pressed it into a pan on parchment paper. Then we put it in the oven on really low, then spread some organic tomato sauce and loaded up about 4 inches of vegetables. It was super delicious-easy-and fun. there was absolutely no recipe or game plan, but that’s how Linds and I like to do it!

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