Festival Do's: Paleo Cookies

Oooooh yeah! These are my favorite cookies ever. I just love them! They are soft, perfectly balanced, and moderately healthy. I eat them for breakfast, snack, and desert. These cookies are perfect for festivals because they last a long time, typically don't crumble, and are perfect for sharing. It' impossible not to love them!

Ingredients:

1/2 c. Grapeseed Oil
1/2 c. Agave
2. tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 c. Almond Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 c. Toasted Walnuts
1/2 c. Unsweetened Coconut
1/2 c. Chocolate Chips

Preheat the over to 325 degrees and toast the walnuts for about 8 minutes, stirring once in between. Sprouted, raw walnuts work best because they have a really nice crunch to begin with.

Combine almond flour, sea salt, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.

Once the walnuts have cooled, toss them with the other goodies.

Toss the goodies with the flour base, and combine the grapeseed oil, agave, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

Stir the wet ingredients into the base and try not to eat it all because you'll be tempted. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Allow them to cool on a rack and store in an air tight container. They will last a pretty long time, certainly through a festival weekend. 

Share and enjoy!

Want to hang out with me while I bake? Watch my video below ;)

Festival Do's: The ULTIMATE Raw Energy Bars

These are seriously my favorite festival snack of all time. I make them every chance I get. They are raw, packed with superfoods and protein, and are the perfect snack to help you make it through the day. Not to mention, they might just be the most delicious energy bar you've ever had. It's hard to stop at one.

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These amazing superfood bars are packed with all the goods: chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seed, coconut, walnuts... and feel free to add some of your own favorite superfoods to the mix. Try to buy organic as much as possible!

Walnuts are extremely high in Omega-3's which is great for brain health while indulging in a weekend of partying. In 1/4 cup you can reach 113% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3's. In this batch, I chose to mix in some almonds and cashews, but I think I like the original version (walnuts only) a little bit better. Experiment with whatever you like!

Walnuts are extremely high in Omega-3's which is great for brain health while indulging in a weekend of partying. In 1/4 cup you can reach 113% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3's. In this batch, I chose to mix in some almonds and cashews, but I think I like the original version (walnuts only) a little bit better. Experiment with whatever you like!

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, which is very important for proper muscle and nerve function. And let's face it, our muscles and nerves do some serious work while dancing and running around for hours on end. Plus, they are delicious. I tried using salted instead of raw in this recipe (yes, I was in an experimental mood this day), but again, the original recipe is better. I suggest unsalted.

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, which is very important for proper muscle and nerve function. And let's face it, our muscles and nerves do some serious work while dancing and running around for hours on end. Plus, they are delicious. I tried using salted instead of raw in this recipe (yes, I was in an experimental mood this day), but again, the original recipe is better. I suggest unsalted.

Hemp seeds are the perfect superfood. They have an extremely concentrated blend of protein, healthy fats (Omega 3's and 6's), vitamins, and enzymes. They also contain all 20 known amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids. Yussss, get in my body!

Hemp seeds are the perfect superfood. They have an extremely concentrated blend of protein, healthy fats (Omega 3's and 6's), vitamins, and enzymes. They also contain all 20 known amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids. Yussss, get in my body!

Goji berries are one of my all time favorite snacks. A single 4 oz serving contains about 10% of your daily protein needs, which is considerably high for a fruit. They also provide complex carbohydrates, helping your blood sugar to rise slowly, reducing your risk for a sugar crash.

Goji berries are one of my all time favorite snacks. A single 4 oz serving contains about 10% of your daily protein needs, which is considerably high for a fruit. They also provide complex carbohydrates, helping your blood sugar to rise slowly, reducing your risk for a sugar crash.

Both chia seeds and flax seeds are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They will help keep the digestive juices flowing while your body extracts all of the beneficial proteins that the other ingredients provide. Coconut flakes are just plain delicious.

Both chia seeds and flax seeds are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They will help keep the digestive juices flowing while your body extracts all of the beneficial proteins that the other ingredients provide. Coconut flakes are just plain delicious.

Ingredients:

1 cup walnuts
1/3 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup ground flax seeds
1/3 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup coconut flakes
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup cranberries or dried cherries
1/4 cup goji berries
1 cup dates
1-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, if needed

Step 1:

Throw all dry ingredients into a food processor or blender, leaving the dates and cranberries (or raisons/cherries) out. I like to bend until everything is fairly smooth but with a little texture. 

Step 2:

Add the dates, cranberries, and goji berries to your food processor and blend until you get a nice sticky texture. You will likely need to add some melted coconut oil to the mix. Add as much as necessary.

Step 3:

Pack the mixture into a dish lined with wax paper. Really pack this mixture nice and tight to prevent it from crumpling in the heat. Place the mixture in the fridge and let it harden and settle. If you're happy with the bars plain, great! If you'd like to add some delicious raw chocolate, to make them extra delectable, follow the next few steps.

Raw Chocolate

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut nectar or date paste
3/4 cup cacao powder or carob powder
1/3 cup coconut oil or cacao butter, melted

Melt the coconut oil in a small pot and then add the coconut nectar and cacao powder. Whisk them in and then allow the mixture to get slightly thick. You don't want it too thick, or it will be difficult to spread (which happened to me this time, as you can clearly see in the photos. Whoops.)

Once the chocolate is melted, spread it across the top of the cold energy bar mixture. I would give the energy bars a good 30-45 minutes in the fridge before adding the chocolate. Sprinkle some goji berries on top and voila!

Place the bars back in the fridge until they are nice and hard. When packing them for your festival adventure, cut the bars into squares and place them in a deep tupperware container separated by wax paper. Store them in the cooler, or else they will melt and crumble everywhere. Although, they are delicious eaten with a spoon too ;)

Comment below if you decide to give it a whirl, I would love to hear from you! Oh, and these bars are an excellent way to make friends with your camp neighbors. They will love you for it!

Festival Do's: Gluten Free Banana Bread

When planning for a festival, one very important factor to consider is FOOD! You are burning thousands of calories from running around, walking to and from the campgrounds, and of course dancing. While yes, it feels so good to get all festi-skinny, it’s so incredibly important to give your body the fuel it needs to stay energized and healthy. When I pack food for a festival I make sure to include as many superfood items as I can, lots of fresh fruit, and some hearty meals like egg salad or tuna sandwiches. I usually like to make some sort of delicious bread or granola bars that I can share with new friends. This gluten free banana bread is a recipe I got from my roommate (thanks to pinterest), and makes for a perfect breakfast or snack. I just made a batch to take with me to Summer Meltdown this weekend… although half the batch has already disappeared! 😛

It’s so delicious and moist you would never know it was dairy and gluten free. Mmmm! 

This recipe is super easy to follow, and is definitely something you should use when you’ve got some bananas on their way out. 

There is really only one thing to do when you're bananas have gone this far...

There is really only one thing to do when you're bananas have gone this far...

Ingredients:

4 Bananas (very ripe)

2 Eggs

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 C. Gluten Free Flower (I use Bobs Red Mill)

1/2 C. Chocolate Chips

1/2 C. Sugar (I usually use less, depends how sweet you like it)

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 C Butter (I use Earth Balance to make this dairy free, up to you)

2 Tbsp Milk or non-dairy alternative

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease pan. I used a nice large square dish this time around, but you can certainly use a 9 x 5 loaf pan if you want. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas into your sugar mixture until well blended. Add the banana mixture to the flour bowl and stir to combine. Last, stir in chocolate chips and then pour your batter into the prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. I like to let my bread cool in the pan for 20-30 minutes before serving with a dollop of butter. If you’re taking it to a festival, it keeps well in a tight zip lock in the cooler, or can be kept in Tupperware. Mmmm!
Estimated nutritional value, depends on substitutions.

Estimated nutritional value, depends on substitutions.