Champurrado

Champurrado
Every time we drive to the cabin I ask D to take the slightly longer route so we can stop at the taqueria shop on Ramona Expy. They make a mean champurrado – a Mexican hot chocolate thickened with corn flour masa. It’s pretty amazing. Here’s how I make it back at home:

Ingredients
2 cups of water
3 star anise
3 cinnamon sticks
1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg
1/2 c. corn flour masa
4 c. milk
1 Mexican Abuelita (or Ibarra) chocolate tablet (chopped)
1/2 cup piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar) or sub with brown sugar

Directions
In a large pot, combine water, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg. Boil. Cover and simmer for 15 min. Slowly add corn flour masa stirring to remove clumps. Add milk, chopped Mexican chocolate and piloncillo. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the sugar has dissolved. Let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Serve hot!


Healthy Protein Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls | A Bit of Bees Knees
Bliss Balls | A Bit of Bees Knees
Little protein bites! They’re so easy to make and they hit the spot when I need a sweet fix. I’ll roll them in whatever sounds interesting… chocolate covered cacao nibs, matcha green tea powder, pecans, roasted coconut flakes and sesame seeds. The base is made from soft medjool dates, organic peanut butter, coconut butter, vanilla and almond extract, honey, garbanzo bean flour and splash of water. Lots of protein and a healthy dose of good fats to keep you going. They’re silky smooth!

Ingredients:
8 soft dates
1/2 cup garbanzo bean flour
2 tbsp smooth organic peanut butter
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 tbsp water (may need more)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp almond extract
*desired toppings for rolling

Warm the coconut butter in a glass bowl set over a small saucepan of simmering water until it’s semi-soft. Remove from the heat, and add to a food processor with the rest the the ingredients. Blend until mixture resembles a smooth paste. Ingredients vary, so add a bit more garbanzo flour or water if necessary. Using your hands, roll the mixture into 12 balls, then roll each one in your desired topping. Coat thoroughly. Place in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to set. Story any leftover truffles in the fridge.
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This Bar Saves Lives Apple Cashew Cream Cups

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream, Green Apple & This Bar Saves Lives Parfait | A Bit of Bees KneesHomemade, cinnamon vanilla bean cashew cream layered with tart green apples, crumbled This Bar Saves Lives and a “salted caramel” date drizzle on top! I made this little baby to-go and tucked it safely in the passenger seat on my way to work. Precious cargo 😉

Any flavor of @thisbar will do! Wild blueberry pistachio, dark chocolate cherry & sea salt, Madagascar vanilla honey & almond or peanut butter strawberry & sea salt. I used wild blueberry pistachio + Madagascar vanilla honey & almond. All of them are fantastic!

Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream
1 cup raw unsalted cashews (soaked in water over night)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
pinch of salt

Directions
Drain the cashews. Pour 1/4 cup of fresh water and the rest of the ingredients into a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to add more water depending on the consistency you desire.

“Salted Caramel Sauce”
3 soft medjool dates
2 tbsp water
pinch of salt

Directions
Blend in a food possessor or mash with the back of a fork (whatever is easiest for you) until smooth. Strain sauce through a mesh sieve to remove any hard bits of date.

Crumble up your This Bars and layer it up! If you want to learn more about This Bar Saves Lives check out my post or head over to their website! Their Non-GMO, gluten free, fair trade, bee friendly snacks will make your tummy happy and also provide food for children in need all over the world. We eat together!
Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Cashew Cream, Green Apple & This Bar Saves Lives Parfait | A Bit of Bees Knees


This Bar Saves Lives X A Bit of Bees Knees | Giveaway

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This Bar Saves Lives is making its debut in all California Starbucks! This is great guys…REALLY GREAT! These yummy bars actually do save lives. Here’s how it works. For every bar you buy, their non-profit partner makes a life-saving packet of food. Then they send that food to where it’s needed most. Boom. You helped save a child’s life. How cool is that?

This Bar Saves Lives has partnered with Edesia and Action Against Hunger to provide malnourished children with vital nutrients needed to treat and prevent stunting – a condition caused by a diet lacking in essential calories, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals – which not only affect a child’s growth, but also their lifelong health and productivity. 2.6 million children die from severe acute malnutrition each year. And “This Bar Saves Lives” has distributed 1,000,000 bars and counting! Let’s keep it up and save more lives!

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GIVEAWAY!

We’ve got a GIVEAWAY contest for you (on my instagram)! In celebration of their launch at Starbucks, This Bar Saves Lives is giving away a box of bars and a $10 Starbucks gift card to a lucky winner at random. I will notify the winner via insta message next week. Contest ends the night of November 16th! US citizens only please. By entering you are confirming that you are 13+ years of age, agree to Instagram’s terms of use and release Instagram from any and all responsibility. Here’s how you play:

#1  Follow @thisbar  on Instagram
#2 Tag 2 friends  (in a comment below) to help spread the word on This Bar Saves Lives and ending world hunger!

That’s it! Have fun friends! I wish you luck!

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This Bar Saves Live – We eat together.  A yummy snack for you and life saving meal for a child in need.


Healthy Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

Healthy Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | A Bit of Bees Knees
Twice baked spaghetti squash with lean turkey, roasted gaaahlic sauce and low fat mozzarella. Hub says it’s better than pasta! I agree!

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash (cut in half)
4 oz lean ground turkey meat
preferred seasonings to taste (I used Cavender’s All Purpose Greek seasoning)
1 cup Emeril’s All Natural Roasted Gaaahlic Sauce (you can find it in the store or make it from scratch)
1 cup low fat mozzarella cheese
fresh basil

Directions:

-Cut a spaghetti squash in half. Scoop out seeds and place face down in a deep dish pan with 2 inches of water. Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 350F.
-Remove squash from oven, drain water and use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands. Place the strands in a bowl and set aside. Keep the squash shells.
-Cook turkey with preferred seasonings and then mix with spaghetti squash “noodles”
-Repack the spaghetti squash shells with the “noodle” and turkey mixture making sure that each shell is evenly packed
-Top each squash half with 1/2 cup of roasted gaaaahlic tomato sauce, and 1/2 cup low fat mozzarella cheese and fresh basil
-Place back in the cooking pan and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.
Healthy Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash | A Bit of Bees Knees