Homemade Holiday: Cranberry + Almond Chunks

>> Thursday, December 11, 2014

So, I just finished off another mug of the DIY Drinking Chocolate (with almond milk) -- I can’t wait to experiment with different blends and flavorings. And my favorite way to drink it is mixed with coconut milk from the can. Yum. Now onto a fun Cranberry + Almond Energy Chunk you can mix together and give to family + friends with just a few instructions included.

And these are great to give to yourself as well!


What you’ll need . . .

(Dry Ingredients To Package)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
  • 1/3 cup almonds 
  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 1/4 cup flax meal 
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • pinch sea salt
(Wet Ingredients To Supply With Instructions)
  • 1/2 cup nut butter (I like using peanut or almond butter)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup maple syrup (or honey) -- start with less and add more as necessary
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Method . . . 
  1. Put almond in a food processor and pulse until they are broken up but still chunky.
  2. Then combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and put in whatever container you plan to give your gift in. (Ball jars work great, but you can sometimes find some unique glass containers are thrift shops, etc.)
  3. Then write your instructions and include it with the gift. Along with the ingredients, just explain that you pour the mix into a bowl and add the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporate. Then spoon by heaping tablespoons onto plates or a baking sheet and put in the fridge for around 1 hour before eating (firms them up). Store in airtight container for a week or so. Makes 18.

Well, that’s all from me today. We got just enough snow to cancel Ada’s preschool (again) today, but not enough to keep Stephen home with us. So is the life of a work-at-home mom. Be sure to check out the latest installment of the guides -- 30 Gifts Under $30 for Baby as well as my latest TTC-lite update over on Writing Chapter Three.

If you hop onto (never)homemaker, you may also notice things look a little different. I’m slowly trying to wrap my head around merging the blogs, starting with a very minor redesign. If you care about this sort of stuff, I’d love your thoughts!

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