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Homemade Cranberry Protein Bars

Cranberry-Energy-Bar-Recipe

I’ve been making my own cranberry protein bars!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Abigail Keeso & her That Clean Life program. Abigail is a Toronto-based Registered Nurse and Culinary Nutrition Expert who got me started on ‘clean eating’. Which for me means eating a low-gluten diet, reducing white flour and sugars and processed foods. I try to cook from scratch using whole ingredients as much as possible. It’s not about eating perfectly, but eating as well as possible.

For a mere $9/month I get access to Abigail’s recipe collection + her online meal planner which auto populates a grocery list for you! My membership fee supports Abigail’s business and her ability to develop new recipes for us every month. I feel like she is super-thorough with all her recipes and taste-testing. Everything tastes amazing and there’s rarely a recipe I dislike. She also aims to use minimal ingredients – which means you’re not scrambling over a complicated recipe + you can make it fancier if you like.

Cranberry-Sesame-Energy-Bars-Recipe

I recently made these Cranberry Energy Protein Bars and posted a photo online. I had a bunch of people ask me for the recipe and Abigail was so cool to let me re-publish here. I like to whip up a batch at the start of the week and I eat them as a snack. They are filling and packed full of protein

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Pecans (chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 4 tablespoons Ground Flax Seed
  • 1/4 cup Dried Unsweetened Cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup Sunflower Seed Butter

 

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a square 8×8 pan with parchment paper and lightly grease with some olive or coconut oil.
  2. Throw coconut, pecans, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds into a large frying pan. Place over medium-low heat and stir occasionally for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and place in a large mixing bowl with the ground flax seed, cranberries and sea salt.
  3. Add honey and sunflower seed butter into the mixing bowl and mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Transfer mix into the square pan and press down evenly. Take some time to really pack it in there. If you don’t pack it down firmly enough, the bars will crumble.
  4. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once cool, lift parchment paper out of the tin and slice into bars with a sharp knife. Enjoy!

 

For more great recipes from Abigail Keeso, check out That Clean Life.

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry-Overnight-Oats

Instead of diving into another crazy juice cleanse, I decided to re-visit a program that my friend Abigail Keeso (a Registered Nurse and Culinary Nutrition Expert) in Toronto created called That Clean Life.

I had first met Abigail when she asked if I would be interested in participating in a clean eating program that would have me eliminating refined flour, sugar, processed foods, red meat, alcohol, caffeine and gluten. It sounded like things I was already trying to reduce on my own and I liked that I could still include meat and lean protein into my diet and I wouldn’t be forced to eat vegan or raw. Paul and I loved Abigail’s recipes so much that we still cook many of them beyond the cleanse including these Kale + Quinoa Fritters.

Fast forward to January 2015 and Abigail, along with her partner – Christopher Hopkins had launched That Clean Life – an online portal with all of her recipes and an online meal planner. My favourite part is that it auto-populates your grocery list based on the recipes you choose. The cost? $9/month! That’s the price of two lattes – so I signed up immediately in support of Abigail & Chris’ work. (more…)

Kale Quinoa Fritters with Tangy Avocado Sauce

Kale Quinoa Fritters Avocado Sauce

By: Abigail Keeso

Love kale?

I was inspired by a kale quinoa burger recipe I had seen floating around but the only problem was that it was packed full of unclean ingredients like processed cheese and bread crumbs. I swapped the dirty out and brought in the clean and voila! Perfection for my #thatcleanlife Spring Break Detox Challenge.

I called it a fritter but really, it could work as a burger. It’s best served on a bed of greens topped with the delicious Tangy Avocado Sauce. 100% clean and so, so, soooo delicious. Packed full of protein, dark leafy greens and topped with a dose of healthy fat with a zing of vitamin C. I like to make up a double batch, cook em’ all up and then freeze them. They are great to pull out of the freezer and reheat when you are running short on time.

So without further ado, here’s the recipe:

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