Cherry Chocolate Chip Muesli Energy Bars

Makes 18-20 bars
INGREDIENTS
1½ cups rolled oats
½ cup dried cherries
1 cup muesli (of your choice)
6 tablespoons butter
¼ cup nuts (*optional)
½ cup brown rice syrup
½ cup whey or soy protein powder
¼ cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup brown sugar
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Prepare a half sheet tray with baking spray and set aside. [...]

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Chocolate Cardamom Banana Bites

Makes 12-15 bites
INGREDIENTS
2 bananas, firm but ripe, cut into 12-15 pieces
9 ounces dark semisweet chocolate
1 teaspoon cardamom
1⁄3 cup shredded coconut
½ cup nut of choice, chopped fine
2 teaspoons flax seeds
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
1⁄3 cup dried dates and cherries, chopped fine
DIRECTIONS
Freeze the banana pieces. In a large bowl, mix all the nuts, seeds, coconut and chopped fruit. [...]

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Chocolate Nutty Pretzels

Makes 12-15 medium pretzels
INGREDIENTS
1 New York style pretzel dough recipe
Coarse sugar
12 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nuts and/or seeds (hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds or any combination of)
Maldon Salt
DIRECTIONS
Follow the recipe for the pretzels with one exception, before baking sprinkle with coarse sugar instead of pretzel [...]

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Moroccan Spiced Dried Fruit & Nut Sundaes

Serves 4-6
Ingredients
½ cup dried apricots, chopped
½ cup dried figs, chopped
½ cup dried dates, chopped
½ cup almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon traditional ros el hanout recipe
1 cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup water
3 tablespoons orange juice
½ stick butter
¼ tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
Vanilla ice cream
Directions
In a medium mixing bowl mix together the dried fruit, [...]

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Pick Your Own Fruit Crisp

INGREDIENTS
Crumble topping
1 stick butter, cut in small pieces
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup brown sugar
chopped nuts/seeds, optional
½ tsp vanilla extract
PREPARATION
Preheat at 375˚F.
Combine all ingredients for topping. Sprinkle fruit with sugar and place in ramekin, top with crumble. Bake for 15 minutes.

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Smoked and Spiced Almonds

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
1½ teaspoons almond oil
2 teaspoons canola oil
1½ cups blanched almonds
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Maldon sea salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
PREPARATION
In a sauté pan, add oil and almonds over medium heat, and almonds and toast until golden. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, and season with spices and salt.
Serve immediately.

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Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

Serves 6
INGREDIENTS
1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while [...]

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