Recipe Of The Day: Chia Crackers

I must admit, I’m a sucker for crackers.

All kinds of crackers.

From Triscuit to Ritz cheese bites (aren’t those a trip down memory lane? I always got them as my afternoon snack back in kindergarten), I swear, do NOT hand me a box of crackers, or I’ll finish it all in 15 minutes.

When I first bought that 300-g bag of chia seeds, I wondered how I was gonna use it up.

So I just thought “Hey, crackers.”

And came up with a 3-ingredient recipe. 3 ingredients. Chances are you’ve already got them all in your pantry if you’re here looking up chia recipes.

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They taste better than they look, I promise! Blame the 6AM lighting

          Add chive and onion cream cheese and fresh veggies, and you’ve got the perfect healthy snack! Fast, inexpensive, quick to make and chock-full of nutrients: can it get better?

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          Recipe for Homemade Chia Crackers (makes around 4 servings of 7 crackers each)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine together flour, chia seeds and salt. Add in water and mix well until a dough is formed.
  3. Thinly roll out the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper.
  4. Remove the piece of paper on top, then cut dough into bite-sized rectangles. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the outside is crispy.

Nutrition info:

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          I’ve been so busy lately… taking some time for myself is a relief for sure! Lately I’ve started practicing yoga at home, beat my personal best 10k time and took up piano…more and more personal projects coming up for this summer! I’ll try my best to keep posting as often as I can… I promise!

          -AF

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Cooking Tips: Making that hard brown sugar laying in your pantry usable

We’ve all been there, people: in the middle of making a dish, when suddenly, a terrible realization dawns on us:

There’s an ingredient missing.

Or, in some cases, an ingredient has gone bad.

Or, in the case of brown sugar, it hasn’t gone bad, but it’s so hard and dry you can’t even pat it down in your measuring cup.

Well, I’ve got some news for you guys: that almost full bag of brown sugar that you bought last year for the sole purpose of making a batch of cream fudge (I’ve grown up with cream fudge… my mom’s is awesome, and it’s made in the microwave! Yet another recipe to share here eventually…) is still usable.

With the help of every student’s best friend: the microwave.

Yes, you read that right. The microwave. Along with a mug of water.

Put your block of brown sugar in a bowl and pour some water in a mug…

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then put them in the microwave for a few minutes.

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          The brown sugar will get moist from the steam of the water… and there you go! Just make sure to use it in the minutes after reheating, or else it’ll dry out again.

Almost halfway through this hectic week… chances are we won’t be posting every day, but we’ll try our best to keep this blog going… ‘later!

-AF

Recipe Of The Day: Decadent Date Squares

Remember that picture from my last post about my homemade iced tea?

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Ah, good ol’ times. Seems like just yesterday.

          Admit it. Mondays suck. Even if it’s getting hotter outside, you ARE craving that sweet, indulgent dessert to get through the rest of your day. You guys are lucky, ’cause I’ve got the perfect combination of sweetness, fat and a little fiber to clear your conscience.

          Date squares!

          …and when you think about it, it can’t be that bad with a nice scoop of vanilla iced cream. Served on a tong-shaped plate (or even on that ugly Christmas plate you got as a gift for the Holidays in 1994), it’ll most definitely get that summer touch you’ve been longing for.

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Okay, maybe not on that ugly Christmas plate you got for the Holidays in 1994.

          Plus they’re quick and easy to make using ingredients you probably already have at home! Which means… no harmful chemicals or hydrogenated oils like you’d find in boxed desserts… even though they’ll be ready in the same time as it would take you to make that cake from the mix!

          I bet some of you are already telling themselves: “Oh God, will she ever stop bragging and get to the damn recipe..!” Well, you guys are served, ’cause here it is!


          Recipe for Homemade Date Squares (makes 16 servings):

  • 1 1/2 cups oats (preferably rolled or steel-cut, quick oats will make the crust too crumbly)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (white or pastry, haven’t tried gluten-free, if someone does let us know in the comments)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (very important or else the crust won’t have a uniform texture)
  • 3/4 diced pitted dates (I used a small pack of Medjool dates)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (to cut off some of the sweetness)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, 1 cup brown sugar, and baking soda. Mix in the butter until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch square pan.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the dates, water, and 1/3 cup brown sugar to a boil, and cook until thickened. Add in lemon juice, then remove from heat. Spread the date mixture over the crust, and pat the remaining crumb mixture on top.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is golden. Cool, then cut into squares.

Nutrition info:

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Maybe a little (way) too much on the dense side considering the serving size… but hey, Mondays suck and you deserve a treat! 😉 ¡Hasta la próxima!

-AF