hazel-bites

I saw this recipe and knew immediately that I needed to make it.  So here it is, with my adaptations…

Ingredients:

Bites:
120 g dates
240 g hazelnuts
40 g chocolate chips, melted
40 g cocoa
1/2 c maple syrup plus 2 tsp
1 t vanilla
1/4 t salt

Icing:
20g cocoa powder
1/4 c maple syrup
120 g avocado

Toasted Hazelnuts
40 g hazelnuts
1 T maple syrup
pinch of salt



Directions:

Pulse 240g (2c) hazelnuts in food processor until it’s finely ground, like a flour. Add dates, 1/2 c maple syrup (plus 2 tsp extra if dough seems dry), 40g (1/2 c) cocoa powder, melted chocolate chips, vanilla and salt (to taste). Process dough until it become sticky and thick.

Transfer dough into an 8 x 8 pan and spread out into an even layer. Cut into even pieces so it will be easy to layer with the icing.

Mix 40g (1/3 c) chopped hazelnuts with 1T maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Place in 300 degree oven until slightly toasted. Keep an eye on these, they will burn quickly once they are done. Set aside to cool while making icing.

To make the icing blend the avocado (1 medium) with 20g (1/4 c) cocoa powder and 1/4c maple syrup and 1/4 t vanilla. Blend until smooth.

Assemble the bites by spreading icing on bottom layer, adding the second bite, layering more icing and finally topping with the toasted hazelnuts.

Enjoy!


Om,
Renata

mOMent: What’s your favorite nut? What’s your favorite nut-butter?

haroset

What is haroset you ask?  Well I didn’t know either until we happened upon it recently in a delightful store called Wholesome Market.  Haroset is a spread made of nuts and fruit, and the one that we found was made with hazelnuts, apples and dates.  It is soooooo delicious!  What a score.  It’s perfect on toast, oatmeal or even by the spoonful straight to the lips…


Ingredients:

1 cup oatmeal
1-2 spoonfuls of haroset

Directions: Stir together and enjoy!

mOMent: What is your favorite combination of fruit and nuts? Does it transport you back in time to an earlier childhood memory? If so, what is the memory?

hazelnut delight

Who doesn’t love a little hazelnut?

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
1 T hazelnut chocolate spread
1 T chopped hazelnuts
1 T whole hazelnuts

Directions: Mix all ingredients together except whole nuts. Garnish whole nuts on top of oatmeal….Enjoy!

Om,

Renata

mOMent: Listen to you intuition today, even if just once….what is it telling you?

hazelnut truffle

Why yes, those are chocolate balls.  Hazelnut chocolate balls be exact.  I’ll have the recipe up soon…but this made a delectable om of the day.  Yum!

 

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal

2 Hazelnut truffles – recipe to come later

 

Directions:  2 Hazelnut truffles melted and mixed in om…perfect!

Om,

Renata

mOMent:  What veteran has made your life special?

 

hazelnut heaven

So I was fortunate enough to get a sample of this hazelnut butter which is DELICIOUS. It’s so yummy…almost as good as Nutella. Yep, I said it! All you vegans out there who miss Nutella…go grab some of this amazing hazelnut butter, you will not be disappointed.

Ingredients:
1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
1 package of Justin’s Hazelnut Butter
2 T chopped hazelnuts

Directions: Mix all together and enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?  How do you define the two?  How have you been both innocent and ignorant in your life, and how have you changed?

cinnamon hazelnut pomegranate

While we journeyed through Oregon, we stopped at this great little art fair in Jacksonville, OR.  We found this booth selling cinnamon spiced nuts. She made them without oil!  They were delicious and well deserving of being put in our om of the day.  Mmmmm…

Ingredients:

1 C cooked oatmeal
2 T yummy cinnamon hazelnuts
1 T Trader Joe’s pomegranate seeds, dried

Directions: Find a cup and spoon, mix it up and enjoy!

mOMent:  Do you enjoy engaging with new people, or do you prefer to sit in the sidelines and watch?  Why do you think this is?

blueberry hazelnut

I used dried blueberries for this recipe.  Although, I’m sure you could use fresh berries and omit the water from the recipe.  However, I really enjoyed the ‘raisin-like’ texture of the blueberries after they had simmered with the agave nectar and water.  I enjoyed this mix and I think you will too!

Ingredients:

1 C cooked old-fashioned oats
2 T dried blueberries
2 T chopped hazelnuts
2 T agave
2 T water
1 t grapeseed oil

Directions: Add blueberries, hazelnuts, agave water and grapeseed oil to a saucepan over medium heat.  Let simmer until blueberries plump with the agave nectar.  Set aside and let cool for a minute.  Mix with oatmeal and enjoy!

Om,
Renata

mOMent: Are you unstoppable?  If you are, what is it that makes you unstoppable, and how can you teach others to do the same?  If you aren’t, how can you incorporate the principle of being unstoppable into your life?