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SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,681
2/2/13 10:33 P

Oatmeal Bars

Makes one 9x9-inch pan..

2 large, very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups gluten free oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates
1/4 cup chopped nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350F

Spray a 9x9-inch square baking dish with Pam

Peel the bananas and mash in a medium mixing bowl. Mash very thoroughly until no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. Stir in the vanilla Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the salt, dates, and nuts.

Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan. Sprinkle the top lightly with cinnamon.

Bake for 30 minutes or unti the edges just begin to crisp up.

Place the baking pan on a rack to cool. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars and enjoy

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2/2/13 2:05 P

Yes I do eat meat although My preference would be not too, but since I am now soy free I am eating more and more meat .
Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions BRAVELUTE they sound amazing emoticon

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2/2/13 11:08 A

Are you eating meet?

Create roll ups with a thin slice of meat around steamed asparagus spears, carrot sticks, celery sticks. You could even put on a line of cooked rice. Think sushi!! Eat as a roll up, or slice into colorful pinwheels. The veggies could actually be left raw. It's just harder to slice into pinwheels.

Or start with a wrap, spread with mustard, layer a slice of meat, and sprinkle with shredded apple or pineapple. Substitute chopped nuts for the meat for vegan.

I like a little vegan cheese, ham, and shredded pineapple in mine!


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2/2/13 10:42 A

Your body will appreciate a combination of foods that keep a balance of carbs, protein and fats, even for your snack. Also, it is helpful to increase your fiber.

So take an Xtreme Wellness spinach-herb soft tortilla (70 calories,, 12 g. fiber)
And spread with a Tablespoon of almond butter. Read the labels and be sure you've not found a variety with sugar added. Add shredded apple. Roll up and enjoy, or slice into pinwheels if you want to be a little fancier.

Joseph's pita bread can be a good substitute with few calories and about 5 g fiber.

Either of those products can be cut in wedges and toasted in the oven, then eaten with fruit, nuts,

Have you tried vegan cheese? It is easy to slice thinly, and is cool to put on tortilla wedges and bake till toasty and the cheese is melted. Or melt the cheese separately and drizzle on top for nachos.

Apple slices dipped in almond butter.

Black Bean Salsa: black beans mixed with chopped tomato, onion, chopped sweet (or hot) pepper. use as a dip and scoop up with the toasted tortilla wedges.

fry/toast a handful of fresh flat leaf spinach. Make a hole in center and add an egg. When almost set, flip. Eat as is or put into a wrap. Can serve one or two snacks.

Any roasted veggie becomes a delicious snack by itself or with chopped nuts sprinkled on top. My favorite roasted veggies are carrots, beets, onion, mushrooms, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes (I use roma) Roast apples in the same oven.

Roast a mess of garlic cloves in a little olive oil in a small casserole, covered with foil, for an hour. Store in container they came in,

Spread the roasted garlic on a tortilla or pita bread. Slice into wedges and bake till toasty. Dip into the black bean salsa, or canned chopped low sodium that you have perked up with onion, green chiles, spices, etc.

Just about any fresh fruit is a good snack with .5 ounce of nuts. I like
apples + walnuts (walnuts are great with those roasted apples)
pineapple + pistachios
strawberries + cacao nibs

Make an individual pizza with roasted tomatoes spread on a Josephs pita bread. Then add other roasted veggies like onion and mushrooms. You could try a vegan white "mozzarella" cheese. Bake and slice into wedges to share for a snack.
It can also become a really nice lunch. Consider a layer of spinach leaves.

If you are looking for a specific type snack, let me know.


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2/2/13 10:29 A

Thanks Tammy I will check it out emoticon

TAMMYOKAHARA Posts: 405
2/2/13 9:49 A

Check out mariahealth.blogspot.com. All of her recipes are gluten, wheat, sugar, soy, and corn free. She also has tons of dairy alternatives. No artificial sweeteners either.

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2/2/13 9:40 A

I am newly diagnosed diabetic. So far I am able to control my Blood Sugar levels with diet . I have come to realize that dairy is an issue for me.
Any non dairy snack suggestion ??

** I am also gluten/soy free**

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