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MCLV Mange: Homemade Larabars

My major issue with most of the pre-made bars on the market is their ingredient list. Chemicals, sugar, unnecessary additives…

Larabars are one of my go-to picks when I’m traveling and I keep extras in my desk, purse, and even my toiletry kit. Why? Simple, clean, whole food ingredients. They’re the perfect little energy boost and super tasty.

Since I love them so much I decided to try making my own version to keep at home. This recipe is allergy friendly {Vegan, Gluten-Free & Paleo}, plus it’s raw, easy to make, and – Most importantly – Delicious!

Homemade Larabar Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Raw Dairy-Free San Francisco Bay Area Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Healthy Recipe

Makes:

6-8 Bars depending on size

Time:

8-10 Minutes of preparation and no cooking time!

Ingredients:

  • 8oz Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds {Or other nut if you have an allergy or don’t have almonds on hand}
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate/Carob Chips
  • 1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds

Directions:

  • Combine dates & nuts in a food processor – Blend until a paste-like substance begins to form
  • Add salt and blend until the consistency begins to resemble dough
  • Add half of the chocolate chips & pulse a few times
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil
  • Drop the dough onto the sheet and press dough down into a square or rectangle shape {Aim for 3/4-inch thick – Though it’s really about your person preference}
  • Drop remaining chocolate chips & silvered almonds on top, press gently into dough
  • Cut into bars or squares

Homemade Larabar Vegan Gluten-Free Paleo Raw Dairy-Free San Francisco Bay Area Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Healthy Recipe

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks
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MCLV Mange: Crackling Cauliflower

One of my favorite things to cook with – And eat – Is cauliflower. I munch on it raw dipped in hummus and throw it into salads, I love it spicy and savory in traditional Indian dishes, and I love “ricing” it for things like pizza and bread sticks.

This crackling cauliflower recipe is an adaptation of Eating Bird Food‘s version – It’s quick to prepare, takes under 30 minutes to cook, and is delicious. The recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly so it’s a good dish to share with friends or family who have allergies or dietary restrictions.

Note: This dish can come out spicy. Personally, I love it with a little kick, but if you’d like to tone it down try reducing or excluding the Chili flakes/powder

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{Photography by Jessica Michelle Photo}

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower {Or pre-chopped bag} – Broken up into smaller florets
  • ½ Red Onion – Diced
  • ¼ Cup Oil {I prefer coconut oil for dishes cooked at higher temperatures}
  • ½ Tablespoon Curry Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Garam Masala
  • ½ Teaspoon Chili Flakes or ¼ Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 400°
  2. Thaw frozen peas
  3. Combine oil & spices – Toss with cauliflower florets
  4. Pour mixture into a baking dish
  5. Roast for 20 minutes – Stir at 10 minutes
  6. After 20 minutes add peas and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes

Extra special bonus of this recipe. It’s great warm or hot. When I made this last time I meant for the leftovers to last the week but I ate the rest of it straight out of the fridge. The same day…

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

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Health & Fitness:

Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any healthy diet so you should definitely try out some of these nutritious recipes from Shape Magazine – 10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes.

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OhSheGlow’s Fall Detox Salad is a must try – Filled with Brussels Sprouts, carrots, apple, celery, sunflower seeds, and raisins, it’s as nutritious as it is delicious {also check out this salad as part of the Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up}.

Eating well and living a healthy life doesn’t have to mean giving up all sweets and desserts, you just need to make healthier, smarter choices when you want to indulge – Try FitFluential’s Five Healthier Desserts which include amazing choices like Raspberry Chocolate Chips, Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Pretzels, Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits, Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes/Muffins, and Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.

Do you want model-worthy skin? Refinery 29 has the goods – The Surprising Secret To Model-Worthy Skin.

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Finding a great, healthy snack that you love and that’s easy to make is wonderful – One of my favorites recently is Choosing Raw’s Cinnamon Caramelized Cauliflower.

Fashion:

Interested in spicing up your daily makeup routine? It’s always fun to see what other beauty products are out there and the sort of routines that women go through on a daily basis, so let’s check out how blogger Trop Rouge has set up her makeup routine – Makeup Monday.

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Ulyana Sergeenko’s dramatic, eye-catching clothes are the perfect pieces for this dreamy Moscow-based photo shoot in the most recent Carine Roitfeld Fashion Book issue – Moscow Walk.

Oxblood is everywhere for Fall 2012 and if you’re not sure whether it’s the trend for you, trying beauty products and nail polish are great choices – 3 Chic Ways To Do Burgundy Beauty.

The Fall 2012 Collection for J.Crew is pretty phenomenal – It’s filled with great outerwear, fun, printed pants, and killer accessories. And none of those accessories are better than the Lulu Frost’s Capsule Collection – Shop It Now: Lulu Frost For J.Crew Holiday.

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Fashion:

If you adored the leather-sleeved trench coat that Saucy Glossie sported in New York City last week {see Looks of the Weekthan I have juuust the article for you – Shop The Look: Trenches Flirting With Leather!

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Checking out pictures of street style and every day fashion from a city is a great way to familiarize yourself with the local styles as well as decide what you’re interested in adding to your closet for the upcoming season. Check out the latest installment of 4 Cities, 4 Looks, 4 Climates: Fall Edition from StyleList and learn everything you need to know about New York City fashion.

No matter what kind of shoes you’re in the market for this Fall there are some fun, flashy choices out there, so why not give metal toe caps a chance? Onto My Wardrobe’s Metal Cap Toe.

Health & Fitness:

One of the great things about Fall is that the stores fill up with delicious new produce, but don’t be intimidated by trying to cook something new, there are ways to learn! If you want to tackle a new type of squash check out Eat, Live, Run’s Perfect Roasted Acorn Squash.

Another amazing squash that you should get your hands on this Fall is the spaghetti squash. Now sure where to start? Peas And Thank You has the answer with her Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai!

Sometimes what you NEED is comfort food. And nothing else will do. So why not try a healthier version of your favorite calorie-laden dish and see that you can satisfy those needs with something a little more nutrition? 5 Comfort Food Makeovers from Ellie Krieger

Did Friday’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show post get you in the mood to sweat it out at the gym? Me too. So why not take some training advice from one of the gentlemen who helps the stunning Alessandra Ambrosio prepare for this fabulous runway show each year? Victoria’s Secret Workout: Runway Legs With Trainer Justin Gelband

Getting enough and the right kind of energy is important to fuel a great workout. Not only what you eat, but when you eat it are things to consider in advance – How to fuel for your workout properly and pre-workout superfood energy bites!

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Fashion:

Are you a fan of metallics? They can be a great way to spice up a look for Fall or make an outfit nighttime-ready – Style File: Metallics.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and have thoroughly enjoyed all of the recent remakes from the movies to the BBC & US-based TV series. Clearl I’m not the only one as Apartment Therapy put together a great list of Sherlock Holmes-inspired home decor – Get This Look: BBC’s Sherlock.

Healthy & Fitness:

Do you track your daily food intake? While it can see daunting to keep track of every single thing that you put in your mouth over the course of the day, it can be a useful and informative project. Commonly people over – or under – estimate their intake of calories, fat, protein, fiber, and vitamins & nutrients. Over the years I’ve tried a handful of programs – From Slimkicker to Livestrong to the My Fitness Pal app (for Android!) that my boyfriend recommends to his CrossFit clients. I highly recommend giving this a try, you may be surprised by what you find out!

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We’re heading into the holiday stretch now and with all the family gatherings, social events, and holiday festivities on the horizon, why not make a healthy eating plan that’ll allow you to not only show up to everything looking fabulous, but also feeling great? Check out The No Meat Athlete’s 10 Simple Guidelines for Eating Healthier than Ever and get inspired!

Shopping at your local Whole Foods or health food store can be a daunting prospect – There’s a reason they call it Whole Paycheck! So why not get some advice & tips to arm yourself before your next trip? Prevention’s Smart Buys At The Health Food Store.

If you’re anything like me, you’re always in the mood to try something new in the fitness arena. From boxing & pilates to running & yoga, I’m always interested in finding new ways to keep myself interested and to keep my body from plateauing. Classes at the gym or local Y can be a great option and with endless choices to pick from learning a little about them in advance can’t hurt. So read on – TRX: 6 Things to Know Before Trying a Class.

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