Isn’t summer fabulous? When the produce isles are overflowing with abundant greens and juicy fruits? You know, all those fruits you almost have to ‘swear off’ in the winter because they are just too pricey? Nowadays you can get a pound of berries for $2.99–a great season in my book!
And I show my appreciation for the humid weather by spending as much time as possible outside—OH! and making food loaded with summer goodness!
Today I want to share a raw sprouted buckwheat bar that I’ve been eating with a green smoothie for breakfast just about everyday.
I’ll make a batch of power bars about once every two weeks. And this week, the strawberry buckwheat bars I through together were something to rave about!
2 cups raw buckwheat
1 container (about 3 cups) fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
1. Sprout the buckwheat: Soak raw buckwheat in a bowl in filtered water over night. The next morning, drain and rinse and soak again throughout the day. In the evening drain the buckwheat, rinse, and leave out in a mesh strainer of paper towel overnight.
2. Dehydrate the buckwheat: Put the buckwheat on a dehydrator tray and dry for 6-8 hours at 95 degrees. This helps make the bar crunchier, as it will be dehydrated again so this can be optional, but I think gives it a nice crunch.
4. Mix: Puree strawberries and add with sprouted/dehydrated buckwheat, almond butter, maple syrup and salt in large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add more sweetener if it needs more to you.
5. Spread mixture on cookie sheet and freeze for 1/2 hour to harden. Then cut into slices and place on dehydrator sheet and leave over night, 8-10 hours at 95 degrees.
6. In the morning, test the bars, they may be ready or may need to be flipped for just a couple hours. maybe 4-8.
7. Eat, wrap, store, enjoy.
I love these because they’re super simple and the odds of me having every ingredient are pretty high!
And the green pieces in them? The strawberry tops! When “green” is the most important food group, why throw these away? They don’t add or take away any flavor, but DO add some more nutrients.
But if I wanted to make them even more nutritionally dense, I might add goji berries or maca powder to put them into the super food category.
What’s your favorite summer fruit? I love mangos and blueberries!
For me strawberries are best IN THINGS–like bars, strawberry hummus
, or salad.
Do you like “bars?” I know some people where fruit bars/power bars etc just aren’t their thing. I love them! Easy, grab-able, quick, I know what’s in them, what to expect, delicious, nutrient rich. I’m. A. Fan.
Talk to you all soon!