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June Foodie Pen Pal

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Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted.  I’ve had a bit of an issue with inspiration.  Plus we had a wasp issue.  Yeah…  But, I get to share with you the most AMAZING box I got!

This month I got a box from this amazing girl named Angelina.  She’s 21 years young and is studying to become a graphic designer.  This is all apparent in the box she sent me.  It all started with the wrapping on the outside.  I have never received a package that’s decorated on the outside!

Decorated outside

Decorated outside

Inside the box I got lots of new gifts!  There was a note about who Angelina was.  There was a great recipe to make my own banana chips.  And then the food…  There was seaweed snacks, banana chips, these AMAZING mango nut crunch snacks, Burts Bees chapstick, this meal pack, hazelnut wafers, and guava candies.

June Box

June Box

The most awesome part was this chocoate covered honey comb.  I am saving it for a fierce sweets craving.  It looks absolutely amazing.

Can't WAIT to eat

Can’t WAIT to eat

If you have ever thought about doing the foodie pen pal program, this box should convince you that you DEFINITELY should.

Here’s info about the program:

Foodie Penpals Terms & Conditions

Condition 1: You will contact the person you are matched with withing 72 hours of receiving your match to discuss dietary needs, allergies and food preferences.

Condition 2: You will make an effort to meet the dietary needs of your penpal- ie not sending animal products to vegans, dairy products if your match tries to avoid dairy or junk food if they ask for healthy snacks.

Condition 3: You will mail your box by the 15th of the month. It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.
If your match does not receive a package for the month, you will receive a warning. If it happens two months in a row, you will no longer be able to participate in the program

Condition 4: In the event that you do not receive a package, Lindsay and The Lean Green Bean blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in FPP, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package. The mail gets lost occasionally and your partner may fail to deliver.

-Condition 5: Using the foodie penpals email list to send out personal or spam emails promoting your blog, giveaways, etc is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Doing so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program as it is a violation of the other participants’ privacy.

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Two bite brownies

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Two bite brownies

Have you been to Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog yet?  No?  Well, you should.  You may not be a vegan, but she makes some amazing and healthy (well, healthier) desserts.  Like the blog name suggests, it is definitely heavy on the chocolate.  But that’s not a bad thing, right?  I decided to make one of her recipes recently.  The nice thing is that I can lick the bowl when I’m done and not have to worry about salmonella.  Pretty sweet!

Two Bite Brownie Recipe

  • 1/4 unsweetened cocoa powder

    Brownie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sweetner (I used brown sugar, but xylitol can be used for a more low-cal version)
  • 1.5 oz firm tofu
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP almond milk (or soy, rice, etc.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (non-dairy)

Heat the oven to 325 F.  Mix all the dry ingredients together, including the chocolate chips.

Dry ingredients mixed

In a blender (or magic bullet) add the tofu, applesauce, oil, milk, and extract.  Remember tofu has no real taste, so it ends up absorbing the taste of everything around it.  It’s used in place of eggs in this recipe.

Tofu and wet ingredients

Mix these well until the tofu is smooth.

Wet ingredients blended

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ones and stir well to combine.

Brownie Batter

Oil a mini muffin pan and fill with the batter.  Cook the brownies for 10 to 14 minutes.  According to CCK, they taste better an hour after baking.  They do taste pretty good in the bowl :).  The recipe should make somewhere between 12 and 15 bites, depending how much you eat raw….

Brownie bites

Update: I have eaten a few of these (I am controlling myself!).  I might try to tweak the recipe next time as the raw batter was SO good, but the finished product is a bit dense.  Maybe changing up the amount of tofu might help or using Ener-g instead might help.  Either way, they are definitely tasty!

No Bake Bars

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No Bake Bars

I recently decided to join this group of people that enjoy food and want to share their love of food.  It’s called the Foodie Pen Pal Program and is run by blogger Lindsay, who is a registered dietician.  What stared off as a small group has grown to over 600 people sending food around the world!  I got paired up with a newbie as well, and she let me know she likes peanut butter and chocolate.  I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter (I actually really don’t like it at all!), so I was kind of stumped with what to make.  I then saw these on Chocolate Covered Katie’s Blog and decided to change it up a bit.  Perfect!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rice crispies
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (packed tightly)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 7.5 tbsp peanut butter
  • 4.5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cocoa (unsweetened)
  • Handful of pretzels

Mix all the wet ingredients together to form a paste.

Wet Ingredients

Add the dry ingredients (except pretzels if using) to the wet ingredients.

Dry Ingredients

Mix until fully incorporated.

Batter

Line an 8×8 pan with parchment or wax paper.  Add the dough to the lined pan and smooth the dough down.  Add the pretzles, cover, and put in the fridge or freezer to set (an hour or so).  Makes 9 bars.

Bars

If you do not have oat flour, but have rolled oats, you are in LUCK!  I ended up taking about a cup of rolled oats and blended well to get about 3/4 cups of packed oats flour.

Oats getting ready to make flour

I knew it was good when my husband ate two pieces back to back….  Note: I used Better n Peanut Butter, which is a lower fat/calorie version of peanut butter.  There were not complaints from the hubs, so I assume he didn’t even realize 🙂

Chocolate Cherry Bites

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Passover can be a difficult holiday, especially if you are vegetarian.  In years past I’ve spent much of the holiday eating a lot of dairy products.  This was also one of two times of the year I would also eat egg salad.  I wasn’t happy with it, but it seemed like the right thing to eat to get protein.  I’ve recently decided that I have no desire to eat eggs.  I haven’t given up all things (cookies) where eggs may be in, but I’m not actively cooking with them and I’m trying to avoid eggs as much as possible.

Welp, I needed to find something I could eat that was both portable, delicious, and had some protein in it.  I found this recipe from Oh She Glows.  I’ve eyed a few of her recipes, and I found this one to be very approachable and PERFECT for Passover.  The bonus is there is chocolate involved and I could use them for long run nutrition!

Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 10 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 cup chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Add the almonds to the food processor and work almonds until they are in small pieces but not to the flour stage.  Remove 1/3 cup of the almonds for later.  Add in the dates and process until the mixture starts to come together.  Add in the cherries and process until they are incorporated into the mix.  Lastly, add in the pecans, honey, and chocolate.  If you are using pecans that have added salt, don’t add extra salt, or add it at this point as well.  Mix until all items are equally incorporated.  Pulse in the reserved almonds.

With WET hands, pull off some dough and roll into a ball.  You should be able to get 15 to 18 golf ball sized bites from this recipe.  The bites can be stored at room temp, in the fridge, or the freezer.

Engery Bites

I used these on a 15 mile run the other day (fyi, that sucked!) and they were amazing.  There’s something about chocolate that keeps you going :).