Homemade Protein & Fiber Snack Bars Recipe with Juicing Leftovers

Homemade Protein & Fiber Snack Bars with Juicing Leftovers - Alicia in Wonderland Blog

Like yesterday’s post (seen here), I wanted to find some uses for the leftover vegetable and fruit pulp when I use my juicer. This is the second recipe that I created to put that fiber goodness to use! They taste about 1000 times better than they sound and look, I promise! Even my mom who hates vegetables loves these bars. 🙂 They have a slightly sweet (but not too sweet), nutty taste. You would never even realize that they are full of fiber!

Ingredients:
3 cups of vegetable/fruit fiber pulp leftover from juicing (I use a mix of carrot, beet, apple, and ginger)
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsalted almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/4 unsalted, unsweetened almond butter
1 tablespoons sesame seeds

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Pulse oats lightly in food processor 6 times. Add oats in with juicing leftovers in large mixing bowl.
3. Pulse almonds lightly in food processor, about 5 times, and add to mixing bowl.
4. Add honey, almond butter and sesame seeds to mixing bowl, and mix everything together with stand or hand mixer.
5. Once well combined, take dough out of mixing bowl and spread out on cookie sheet. I line my cookie sheet with a Silpat to prevent sticking and burning.
6. Once evenly spread across a half sheet size cookie sheet, I cut the dough into 12 bars and spread them apart slightly.
7. Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through.
8. Cool on wire rack, and store in airtight container.

Easy Garden Fresh Lunch!

I have to admit, when I find something amazingly easy and super tasty, especially with seasonal garden fresh ingredients, I made it quite a few times in a short span of time.  This is my new favorite weekend lunch for two.

For the drinks, it was just ice water with a little crushed apple mint and lemon juice.  I sauteed the abundant summer squash with a little garlic and vegetable broth.  A perfect summer salad…peeled and sliced cucumbers, diced tomatoes, lemon juice, salt & pepper.  Lastly, the super tasty sandwiches:  mozzarella & cheddar cheeses with fresh tomato and basil, all grilled in whole wheat bread.

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Garden Fresh Herb Salad

We had one of our best salads ever tonight.  I gathered some fresh ingredients from our garden.  I had a red bell pepper, a few tomatoes, some mixed greens lettuce, and I also got some fresh parsley and a couple varieties of mint.  I chopped the herbs up very fine, and tossed them with all of the other ingredients.  I sprinkled with a little rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and crumbled aged cheddar cheese.  I think the addition of the herbs gave the salad a little extra pop that really made it very tasty!  We had this with a few Italian sausages grilled on the barbecue for an amazing dinner.

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