Seedy Superfood Saucers

I’ve never been a fan of the long-winded anecdotal recipe style endemic to many food blogs (just give me the recipe, damn it!), but as with all things in my life, I humbly (and maybe only temporarily) retract this bias. Let’s just say this whole post is about stubborn Stacy stepping out of character and embracing her own hypocrisy.

With nothing planned on a rainy Saturday afternoon in the itchy hours between naptime and dinner, my husband floated the idea of driving across town to Dick’s Sporting Goods (aka ‘The Ball Store,’ just as Whole Foods is “The Banana Store”). Loathe to patronize a big box store but confident it would be one our high-need-for-physical-activity two year old might enjoy, I upped the ante: “Only if I can go to T.J. Maxx,” which was right next door. Oh, Maxx, how I hate to love you, your back corner aisles like a treasure hunt of motley cooking supplies, all of which you didn’t know you needed until you saw them. I like to think of it as the Tiffany’s of thrift stores, except, you know, minus the whole ‘Reuse & Repurpose’ value. Among my reluctant purchases late that afternoon, just as toddler meltdown necessitated a lot of rapid decision-making, was a pound bag of dried goji berries for $9.99. Which might have made sense if I liked goji berries, or believed that ‘Superfoods’ were anything more than aggressively marketed crops whose beneficial properties largely stem from the fact that they, unlike the fruits and nuts we enjoy more commonly in the US, have not yet been the subject of intensive breeding programs that unintentionally dilute a lot of promising phytochemicals. I make fun of my husband’s pricey proclivity to liberally shower his daily oatmeal with chia and cacao nibs, but by now have grown to appreciate them myself when making granola or raw food treats, and stock up whenever they are on sale in the bulk bins. Aaaaaaand even when they are not. So, long story short, I made these today for my husband who worked a long 13 hour shift at the hospital.

Seedy Superfood Saucers
Yields 12
These are a handy post workout snack, but you can sub whey protein for the cocoa powder if making these for little ones. Caffeine and naptime make foul bedmates.
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198 calories
25 g
0 g
10 g
6 g
1 g
62 g
104 g
11 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
62g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198
Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
16%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 104mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 8g
34%
Sugars 11g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
9%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup ground flax
  2. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  3. 3/4 cup chia seeds
  4. 1 cup pepitas
  5. 7 dates
  6. 5 dried unsulfured apricots
  7. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  10. 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  11. ½ cups cacao nibs
  12. 1 cup goji berries
  13. 3 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Grind flax, sunflower seeds, sea salt, coconut flour, and cocoa powder in a food processor. Add the pepitas part way through so they remain coarsely chopped.
  2. Add dates, apricots, vanilla, and water, and pulse the mixture few more times, leaving some texture.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl; add the goji berries and cacao nibs and mix well.
  4. Spread mixture into a 24 cup mini muffin tin (or a rectangular pyrex baking dish, but the circles are prettier) and press down into each well with a greased spatula or large spoon until even and firmly packed. The mixture, when packed down, should completely fill each one.
  5. Put the tin in the freezer for about an hour. Then, gently use a knife to pry one corner of each "muffin" out and transfer to a container for keeping in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. This recipe will make at least 24 mini-muffin "saucers." Based on how dense they are, I would say 2 makes a generous serving size. These will keep in the fridge longer way longer than you will be able to resist eating them.
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calories
198
fat
10g
protein
6g
carbs
25g
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