Raw Apple Pie Bars

So here we are. In San Clemente. All moved in to our adorable beach bungalow. Check out our deck…

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This place is heavenly and we couldn’t have asked for a more awesome apartment. Well, that’s not true. It would have been even radder if they allowed us to have a dog. But, you know, c’est la vie.

In family foodie news, the hubs is getting his “lo-carb” on and I’m trying to implement a little protocol I like to call “The Clean Slate”. Cute, huh? I’m trying to come up with a short-term dietary intervention for people who need to get back to basics, clean up house, yada yada…

I’ve found that with my history of clean eating, I can definitely tell when foods are or are not serving me well. I can also tell you that straight “paleo” doesn’t work for everyone. It certainly wasn’t a cure-all for me. I have a wonky digestive system which keeps me on the straight and narrow paleo path… most of the time. When I divert from the good stuff for too long, I can definitely feel a difference in my digestion, my skin, my moods, my energy, etc. All I have to do is get back to what I know works and keep it real with my food and lifestyle choices. I figure there are probably other people out there who could benefit from a structured intervention aimed at improving digestion, ramping up metabolism, and resetting the adrenals. So, The Clean Slate it is! I’ll be releasing more specs once I program it out completely.

In other news, this snack is neither lo-carb, nor is it acceptable on The Clean Slate. If you do not care about either of those two things, then get to it cause they’re yummy!

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Raw Apple Pie Bars

3/4 c. walnuts
1/4 c. golden raisins
1/2 package of New Zealand Dried Apples (trader joes, about a cup and a half)
7-10 medjool dates, pitted
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 – 3/4 tsp. sea salt (to taste)

  1. In a food processor, add walnuts, apples, golden raisins, and 5 dates. Process until well-ground.
  2. Add cinnamon and salt, blend well.
  3. Add more dates until mixture begins to get sticky. You want to be able to press it into bars and not have it crumble apart.
  4. Press mixture into a square or rectangular plastic container.
  5. Let it firm in the fridge for an hour.
  6. Release the bar mix from the plastic container (kind of like releasing ice from an ice tray) onto a cutting board and cut into 8 squares.

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