Katie: If you’re in the mood for something yummy and sweet, but don’t feel like spending a lot of time or heating up the kitchen with baking, these are the perfect treat. They’re simple, easy to make, and delicious! I followed this recipe for No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites from Loves Veggies and Yoga. You just combine oatmeal, carrots, dates, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a food processor, and then mix that mixture with some reserved oatmeal and raisins. I followed the recipe as written, except for toasting the reserved oats in a pan to enhance their flavor.
These tasted really great and were so simple to make. It’s like eating cookie dough and isn’t even that unhealthy (as long as you don’t eat them all at once!). A good treat that I will definitely make again!
Katie: I wanted to make a healthy but sweet snack, so I was happy to find this recipe for Banana Date Bread. I decided to make muffins instead of bread. I followed the recipe except I substituted some leftover pureed sweet potato for one of the bananas. So I guess that makes these Banana Sweet Potato Apple Date Muffins! They were really delicious. They were good plain, with cream cheese, or with this Sirop de Liege, an all-natural Belgian condiment made of pears, apples, and dates.
Matthew: I had some leftover buttermilk from making Irish Soda Bread, so I decided to use it in the Basic Reduced-Fat Muffin recipe from The Joy of Cooking. To make them more interesting, I used brown sugar and added chopped dates, slivered almonds, and flax seeds. They turned out really well and didn’t take long to make (~20 minutes). You could pretty much substitute any nuts or dried fruit and maybe add some grains. Also, if you didn’t have buttermilk, yogurt would work well too. Here’s the recipe:
Whisk together 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 3 tablespoons oil or melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup buttermilk or yogurt. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and add fruits and nuts (I used a handful of each). Stir until just combined. Put in muffin pan and bake at 400 degrees F for ~12 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Matthew: This recipe comes from Jónsi & Alex, a side project of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. On their website, they have a cooking section with several raw food recipes. I thought nammi nammi (translates to “yummi yummi”) would be a good, substantial afternoon snack for work since it has nuts and dates. The prep was easy–the almonds, coconut, and dates all got pureed in the blender separately and then mixed together and formed into little balls. A food processor or more powerful blender would probably work better to get things really ground up. I had to add a little honey at the end to get everything to come together.