Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snack Attack {Part 2}

Good afternoon kind friends! Today is a SNOW DAY! Woohoo! Currently, I am sitting here with Reggie (my crazy cat) drinking a cup of joe. Just the usual.  I wanted to put together two more recipes for y'all to try out whenever you need a healthy afternoon pick me up...or have a hangry moment.  That is probably one of my favorite words. So true and so funny. Anwaysssss...

Today I have a few other favorites of mine:  Kale Chips and Homemade Almond Butter!

Kale Chips
-1 large bag of kale, washed & dried
-2 Tb. coconut oil, melted
-2 garlic cloves, chopped really small!
-1 tsp. onion powder
-1/2 tsp. ancho chili powder or reg. chili powder, whatever
-2 Tb. almond flour
-salt & pepper

Directions:  Preheat oven for 350 degrees. Combine the coconut oil, garlic, onion powder, chili powder, salt & pepper, and almond flour in a small dish.  Place the washed and dried kale into a large bowl and add the mixture ensuring all kale is coated.  Place the kale on a large foiled baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  After it is done baking turn the oven off and let it sit in the oven for another 20-30 minutes (this helps dry it out more, I get so antsy though, ugh).  

Okay, so it really is best to eat the kale chips at once because they do not stay as crispy when you store them away. However, I've had decent luck with placing a few paper towels in with the kale chips and sealing them in an airtight container. YUMMMM!

Homemade Almond Butter  
-2 or 2 1/2 c. roasted unsalted almonds
-Ninja/Vitamix/Food processor
-That is it!

Directions:  Place the almonds into a food processor, ninja, get the point.

I place my Ninja on about a 4 or 5 and flip the start switch.  Let it go for about 3 minutes.

This is when the oils start to come out and goes from a powder to a crumbly mixture. Stir the sides and let it go again.

Keep processing until there are no more pieces and a smooth consistency is visible. From here you place it in an airtight container and you can decide if you put it in the refrigerator or keep it out. Also, eat on anything. I mean it. An-y-thing. Well okay so I usually put it on: carrots, sweet potatoes, bananas, celery, pancakes, a spoon, etc. Eat it up!

Well stay warm folks! Let me know if you try any of these and your thoughts!