Gabriela's No-Bake Vitality Treats. Check out these yummy little vitality treats shared by Lisa Lanzano of Essential Nutrition! She says, “My girlfriend, Gabriela, introduced me to these treats, so I named them after her. They are so yummy and versatile! I find it easiest to work with the dough by putting a little oil on my hands first before rolling it into balls. These are highly nutritious snacks that both adults and kids love. Rich in iron, potassium, fiber, magnesium, vitamin E, boron, copper, zinc, manganese, and antioxidants. Watch out, because they are delicious and will disappear quickly!” Try them yourself today!
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Gabriela's No-Bake Vitality Treats
- 1/3-1 Cup Currants
- 1/3-1 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1/3-1 Cup Dried Figs About 8
- 1 Tbsp Honey Or agave nectar - to taste
- 1-2 Tsp Cinnamon To taste
- 1/2-3/4 Cup Raw Almonds Soak overnight to improve digestibility
- 1/2-3/4 Cup Raw Walnuts Soak overnight to improve digestibility
Flavoring Ingredients (Can use one or a mixture)
- Coconut Dried & shredded - no sugar added, preferred
- Cocoa Powder
- Milled Flax
- Sesame Seeds Hemp or sunflower seeds
- Buckwheat Kasha Ground & toasted for a unique flavor
- Ground Cacao Nibs
- Lemon Zest Or orange zest
- 1/3-1 c. currants, 1/3-1 c. dried cranberries, 1/3-1 c. dried figs (about 8). Mix above together and cover with water. Soak for several hours, then drain.
- Blend together in food processor, along with: 1 Tbsp honey or agave nectar (or to taste) and 1-2 tsp. cinnamon (or to taste). Set aside.
- Place the following into a CLEAN coffee grinder or food processor and grind into a meal. A finer grind will produce a softer texture, while a coarser grind will produce a chunkier texture: ½ to ¾ c. raw almonds (soak overnight, to improve digestibility), ½ to ¾ c. raw walnuts (soak overnight to improve digestibility). Mix fruit mixture and nuts together. Add more fruit if a chewy, moist consistency is desired. Add more nut meal if a drier, denser consistency is desired. Mold into snack size pieces, shaping like rectangles or balls. Add a little water or applesauce if mixture is dry.
- Roll each ball into any individual, or mixture of, the following ingredients: Dried, shredded coconut (no sugar added, preferred), Cocoa powder, Milled flax, Sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, Ground, toasted buckwheat (kasha) for a unique flavor. Experiment with any other ideas—ground cacao nibs, lemon or orange zest.
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