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My Bliss Ball/Power Ball Recipe

I did something different yesterday.  I had a holiday party at my house.  Some of the ladies from the neighborhood came over and we sang carols, made crafts, put on reindeer antlers and of course ate.  It was a fun time.

A few people asked for my bliss ball/power ball recipe so I decided to post it here and share it with you as well.  I have posted this before, but the chocolate version is new.  I’m an add a little of this and that kind of cook so you may want to adjust measurements to your own taste.

Genies Bliss Balls/Power Balls

Bliss Balls/Power Balls

 

Ingredients:

3/4 c. natural peanut butter (without added sugars, oils, etc.  Peanuts and a maybe a little salt are all I want to see on the label.)  “Regular” peanut butter might work as well, but I haven’t tried it.

1/4 c. agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener – honey, brown rice syrup, etc.)

1 t.  vanilla or almond extract

3 T. cocoa power

1/4  c. flax seed meal (ground flax seed)

 

1 c. oatmeal, quinoa flakes or crushed rice squares cereal).   Remember to check labels if you need these products to be gluten free.

Directions:

1. Combine peanut butter, agave and vanilla in a bowl.  Mix well to combine.

2.  Add remaining ingredients.  This may take a little work to get them all mixed in.  It the mixture seems dry add more peanut butter.

3.  Form into 1 t. sized balls using damp hands and place on waxed paper covered (or greased) plate.

4.  Put in refrigerator until firm and ready to eat.  Store in refrigerator or freezer.

 

That’s the basic chocolate recipe — now here are the variations.

Leave out the chocolate and add 1/3 c. shredded unsweetened coconut.   Or try rolling them in coconut.

Leave out the cocoa powder and add 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Or add it to the chocolate version.

I wanted to try substituting mint flavoring for the vanilla with the chocolate version, but haven’t tried this one yet.

Add any other mix-ins you like such as:

1/4 c. raisins, mini chocolate chips, trail mix or nuts

This is a very versatile recipe.  Make it your own and add whatever sounds good to you.

 

 

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A Holiday Recipe

Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?  I know I do, but I also enjoy savory pumpkin dishes, like my Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf with Bacon.  This recipe and more are available in Have Yourself a Healthy LIttle Holiday.

Copyright 2013 by RA Robbins
Copyright 2013 by RA Robbins

 

Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf with Bacon

Ingredients:

6 strips turkey bacon diced check the label for gf turkey bacon — I use Jennie-O

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 cups pumpkin puree

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon lemon pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

1. Brown turkey bacon.

2. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels. Reserve for later.

3. Add 1 Tablespoon oil to skillet. Add quinoa and cook, stirring until lightly browned.

4. Add water and bring to a boil.

5. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until just a little liquid is left on the quinoa.

6. Add pumpkin, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon.

7. Reserving 1 Tablespoon of bacon for garnish add rest of bacon to quinoa. Stir.

8. Return pan to stove, cover and allow remaining liquid to be absorbed.

9. Pour pilaf into serving dish and garnish with remaining bacon.

Serves 6.

Like this recipe?  Find more of my holiday recipes in Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday available at Espirational Books.


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A Savory Pumpkin Side Dish

Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie?  I know I do, but I also enjoy savory pumpkin dishes, like my Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf with Bacon.

Copyright 2013 by RA Robbins
Copyright 2013 by RA Robbins

 

Pumpkin Quinoa Pilaf with Bacon

Ingredients:

6 strips turkey bacon diced check the label for gf turkey bacon — I use Jennie-O

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 cups pumpkin puree

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon lemon pepper

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

1. Brown turkey bacon.

2. Remove bacon from skillet and drain on paper towels. Reserve for later.

3. Add 1 Tablespoon oil to skillet. Add quinoa and cook, stirring until lightly browned.

4. Add water and bring to a boil.

5. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until just a little liquid is left on the quinoa.

6. Add pumpkin, nutmeg, pepper and cinnamon.

7. Reserving 1 Tablespoon of bacon for garnish add rest of bacon to quinoa. Stir.

8. Return pan to stove, cover and allow remaining liquid to be absorbed.

9. Pour pilaf into serving dish and garnish with remaining bacon.

Serves 6.

Like this recipe?  Find more of my holiday recipes in Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday available at Espirational Books.

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That Green Bean Casserole

Photo copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Photo copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

You know the one I’m talking about.   That staple at many holiday tables.  Unfortunately canned cream of mushroom soup and French fried onions make this a problem for the gluten free.   Lose those  ingredients and you lose the convenience and the flavor.  I’ve tried a few gluten free recipes  and decided I would rather do without.

That is until I tried the Green Bean Casserole with Onion Topping from 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes by Carol Fenster.   I crossed my fingers and said under my breath, “please Carol, I hope you got this one right.”  She did.  The sauce  looks and tastes like mushroom soup and the onions are crisp and tasty.

This is the green bean casserole we remember from the 70’s and 80’s.  It makes a small casserole; but most of us know how to multiply.

As good as this casserole is, remember this is a holiday treat.  Don’t forget fresh green beans  in season.  Lightly steamed with a little lemon juice or sliced almonds they can’t be beat.

Get your own copy of 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes (1,000 Recipes)through our bookstore.

For more information on Carol visit Carol Fenster Cooks.

Need Help with Holiday Cooking?

holiday tableTis the season for the holiday food  help lines, hotlines and websites.  Below is a list of companies providing information, recipes and tips for holiday cooking.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 800-BUTTERBALL (Live help during Nov. and Dec.), or via e-mail at talkline@butterball.com  Automated assistance all year.

Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: 800- 255-7227

Honeysuckle White  (800) 810-6325 Recorded answers to frequently asked questions.

Perdue Consumer Help Line: 800-473-7383 or

Reynolds Turkey Tips Hotline: 800-745-4000

Nestle Toll House Baking Information Line (800) 637-8537 Year-round baking help, plus recipes.

Betty Crocker Hotline, open Monday-Friday year around, 1-888-275-2388

Crisco Pie Hotline:   877-367-7438

Fleischmann’s Yeast: 800-777-4959

Hershey’s open Monday-Friday, 1-800-468-1714

King Arthur Flour: 802-649-3717 or e-mail questions to bakers@kingarthurflour.com

Land O’ Lakes  800-328-4155 year round.

Libby Consumer Hot Line: 1-800-854-0374  Tips and recipes for canned pumpkin all year round.

Ocean Spray Consumer Help Line: 800-662-3263 year round or www.oceanspray.com

Campbell’s Soups Holiday Leftovers Hotline.  From the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 31 call 1-888-453-3868.

Food Safety.gov has answers to food safety questions, including how to thaw the turkey, cooking temperatures and how long food can safely sit on the buffet table.

Still need a few recipes and non-food celebration ideas?  Check out my eBook Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday in the Amazon Kindle Store.