I feel like “little miss homemaker” today! All for a good cause, of course! My brother-in-law and his crew have been working hard over the past couple of weeks at making our side yard into something much more pleasant to look at, not to mention more functional. The guys arrived at the house bright and early this morning to pour the concrete, which forced me out of bed and got me moving out the door to do my run before it got too hot! After arriving back home from a great run (compared to yesterday’s fail), I was feeling refreshed, so I thought I’d show my “thanks” to those hard working gentlemen with a little something sweet.
Both recipes were adapted from “Mama Pea” over at Peas and Thank You. I’ve made both of these treats many times before with variations of gluten free flours, but this time I went with Pamela’s Baking Mix just to make life easy on myself (and because I wanted the guys to enjoy their treats on their break, so I had to make it fast)! For the Almond Joy Bars I subbed in Pamela’s Baking Mix for the whole wheat flour, which means I had to take out the baking soda. I use gluten free rolled oats, used 1/4 cup raw sliced almonds instead of roasted and used crunchy almond butter with flax seeds instead of regular almond butter. I also swapped out the organic sugar for a 1/2 cup of raw coconut crystals and I didn’t have coconut extract, so I just used vanilla.
For the cookie pie, I also used Pamela’s Baking Mix in place of the whole wheat flour and subbed in gluten free oat flour for the all-purpose. If you use Pamela’s Baking Mix you need to take out the baking soda and powder because it’s already in the mix. And again, I subbed in raw coconut crystals for the organic sugar. I think the only thing missing was a cold glass of milk to go with their slice of ooey-gooey chocolatey goodness!
A beautiful work in progress…
So now the house smells wonderfully delicious and the hubs walks in from graciously helping some friends of ours move all morning and I have nothing to offer him…oops! No worries, nothing that a batch of Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies can’t smooth over! I’m on it!
And what better to go with it than a cool, refreshing salad. This is my new favorite, at least for this week! There’s a lot to this salad, but it is so worth the effort and you’ll have A LOT to last you the entire week. Kale Power Salad (aka “detox salad”)
(inspired by Oh She Glows)
Yields 6-8 servings
2 broccoli crowns
1 head cauliflower
1 medium carrot, grated
2 cups finely chopped kale ( I used curly kale)
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/2 cup dried organic cranberries
1/2 cup dried organic cherries, chopped
juice of one lemon
2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste
Wash and rinse all vegetables, then cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets. In a food processor, process the broccoli and cauliflower until fine and add them to a large mixing bowl. This made need to be done in batches depending on the size of your processor.
Add grated carrots, kale, parsley, sunflower seeds, almonds, and dried fruit to the bowl. Stir all ingredients to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, vinegar and maple syrup until well blended. Pour dressing over all the ingredients in the bowl and toss well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well again. Enjoy and feel rejuvenated!
Praying that you are finding ways to feel refreshed this summer!