I don't generally buy bags of packaged snacks like chips, pretzels and cookies at all. I'm not a total hard-ass, though. I take slightly expensive, unusual, and nutritious ingredients and make two-bite power snacks that add goodness to the day's intake while satisfying the munchies.  These three recipes are dairy-free, too.

Fig Cookies
Chop up 10 dried figs and cover with water in a small pot. Simmer until they're soft enough to buzz to a paste. About an hour.

Beat together with a fork:
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix in:
2 cups spelt flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1 cup rolled oats

Oil 24 mini muffin tins and fill with a teaspoon of cookie dough, then a teaspoon of fig paste, then the rest of the cookie dough. Press down with a floured fork.

Bake 15 minutes @ 400°F. 


Sesame Stix

1 3/4 cups kamut* flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Mix in:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
3/4 cup water

Knead the dough untill it's smooth. Roll it out to 3/8" thickness. Slice 1/2" bars.
Roll the bars in coarse salt.

Bake 12 minutes @ 400°, then broil a little to brown. When completely cooled, re-bake 25 minutes @ 300°F, for a pretzel-like crunch.

The caraway rye version took a little extra flour:
1 cup spelt
3/4 cup light rye
1/4 cup hard white flour
all olive oil
no sugar
2 tsp. of caraway seeds.


Power Macaroons

They're small, but 150 calories each, so just eat one for a protein and energy boost.

... ... 1 cup sunflower seeds, processed to a fine meal
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup currants

In a small pot bring to a boil and simmer three minutes:
3 tbsp butter (or oil for dairy-free)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cream (or soy milk, etc. for dairy-free)

Stir in:
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

On an ungreased cookie sheet:

Make 20 teaspoon-packed nuggets.
Paste the top of each with the coconut icing.
Place close under the broiler (watch it constantly!!) until they brown.
Let them cool a little and press them down a bit. Then turn them over and ice the other side. Broil again. Cool and store in a not-so-airtight container.


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