Saturday Mix | Beach Bars

May 21, 2016

Beach Bars by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

I’m laying in bed with pillows propping me up, the soft sunlight coming through the window. Its cool, its breezy. Its Friday afternoon and its felt like Monday all week. I’ve been ready for the weekend since the sun went down last Sunday. I have had to be “stiller” this week. Taking time to close my eyes and just breathe. Not looking at a screen, not thinking about a project, just breathing. I’ve had to go on more walks during the day, pulling myself away painfully from a to-do list, and immediately feeling relived once I take my first few steps in the sunlight outside. No bag, no phone, just my body. Really focusing on the movement and the breath. Its a powerful thing to do so. Its sounds annoying when I think about it, but the moment I give in and do it? I don’t want to do anything else.

This is how I got through this week. And thats okay. Some week’s I set out to conquer, with energy and drive. Other weeks I need to be still. Even in the midst of accomplishing tasks, finding time to be still and do the little things that help me reset. Like writing this post in bed. After scraping another bowl of peanut butter and coffee n’ice cream clean. After taking a walk in the sunshine. I really am so happy to be sharing this beach bar recipe with you this weekend. It reminds me of the beach in so many ways. The super finely flaked quinoa like sand, the coconut brings the tropical vibes, and the goji + mulberry mix tastes like sweet sunshine. The mellow cashew butter is the perfect compliment to the flavors mingling in these bars. I hope you have a weekend full of sunshine and rest with some yummy snacks. Now onto some links that caught my eye this week!


 
//LINKS
If I could have a few of my favorite food bloggers cook for me this weekend, I would choose Lindsey’s tahini and lemon asparagus soup, Sasha’s roasted cherry soda, and Ashley’s self saucing pudding!

As it says in this article, I’ve been finding that getting out for one to two walks during the day has been helping my mood and productivity a ton. A little sunshine and a dose of nature for a de-stressor seems to be all I need to reset a bit.

My sweet friend Sasha just hosted her first show on Nom this past week! And she is so adorable and talented you should go check it out here, there is pudding in it for you.

I loved this list of activities for introverts to get their energy back, its so true! These are huge helps for me, being someone who loves people but finds themselves completely exhausted by them too.

I stumbled upon this article while researching soy and found the information this doctor provided to be really helpful. As with most types of food, its about the quality.

I really, really want to learn how to do indigo dye! Who wants to throw a shibori party and invite me?

A little tune-age to send you off on this fine weekend by Autin Gibbs, the album “Charlie”. The guy who recorded the drums for this album may or may not be my husband **wink wink**.


 
//RECIPE
3 cups flaked quinoa
1/2 cup coconut shreds (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons dried goji berries
2 tablespoons dried mulberries
pinch of sea salt
6 tablespoons pure cashew butter
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients to a small saucepan and warm on the stove, while whisking, until smooth. Pour the wet mixture over the dry, and mix well using a large fork. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment and transfer the mixture to the pan, pressing down evenly with the fork, and smoothing out completely with a spatula. Make sure to press down hard and evenly, packing the bars into the pan tight.

Place in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to set. Slice into 8 squares, and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy within 1 week.


 
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Beach Bars by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

  • valentina | sweet kabocha May 21, 2016 at 3:00 am

    It seems the perfect healthy but delicious treat for those i-need-a-cuddle moments ^_^

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Valentina! It is such a (healthy) treat indeed <3

  • Inês May 21, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Sounds delicious Jessie! Summer vibes are unbeatable :)
    Also, really loved the links this week.
    Have a lovely sunny weekend!

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you tons Ines! So happy to hear you enjoyed the links, and I agree about those summer vibes too – xx

  • Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow May 21, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Hey Jessie! I totally feel the same this week, I’m bogged down but as soon as I step out and leave it all behind everything lifts and it’s just what I need in every way, I’m just craving stillness and reminding myself that I don’t have to talk so much either! I loved the link to activities for introverts that’s just what I need! Gorgeous recipe xx

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Amy! Thank you for sharing your experience right now too, so kind of you and encouraging to hear! Glad you’re taking the time to do what you need as well, its so important – more than all of our to-dos! Glad you enjoyed the introverts link too ;) so much truth there, right? Hope you had a restful weekend, and happy Monday girl!

  • Sasha Swerdloff May 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Jessie,

    Your post today brought tears to my eyes. I wish I could leave a care package on your doorstep full of nourishing goodies and encourage you to take the time you need for self care with a big hug. It sounds like you know just what to do…eating nice cream, walking, and building pillow forts always make me feel better. I hope the weekend gives you the nourishment you need and thank you for the sweet mentions in your post. I’m beyond flattered by your words and am proud to call you my friend.

    XO

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      Oh Sasha, now you are bringing tears to MY eyes! You have one of the most caring hearts I have ever met, I am so grateful and proud to call you my friend too <3

  • Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen May 21, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I love the power of a walk to recentre myself! It’s just too bad our Canadian weather is hormonal this spring and can’t stay warm!

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      “Hormonal” – haha that made me laugh real good! ;) So sorry for its finicky behavior Chelsea! Hopefully it settles down and eats a bar of chocolate and gives you some consistent rays soon <3

  • Gena May 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Glad you linked to that article on soy! Soy myths (which I happen to think are often a mask for anti-vegan animus) drive me crazy, so much so that I got nervous when I saw your link! How refreshing to see an evidence-based critique of the common misconceptions.

    Glad you’re taking time for stillness, friend. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you Gena for your sweet comment! And so so very true on the soy myth, I was so glad to come across a really well balanced and researched article in its favor. I hope you had a gorgeous weekend too friend! XX

  • Sabine I Sweet Lemons & Lilikoi May 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Hi Jess! I am soaking in the last hours of stillness in Yosemite this weekend with my loved ones. Batteries almost fully recharged. I thank every chance I get for nature’s power to give us quiet & pure beauty. That + walks/ runs = (for me) full happiness. Yum, these bars sound like a perfect post hike treat.

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Soak in those moments girl, I think that is my favorite place on Earth – sigh – Yosemite has my heart!

  • KJ | Omnomherbivore May 21, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    My week totally felt like a collection of Mondays too. Work was way to crazy/stressful – wish I could have strolled out on a few walks like you :) What is flaked quinoa? I’ve never heard of it like that.

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Here is to a more balanced week for us all! And flaked quinoa can usually be found in the oats section of your health food store, sometimes called quinoa cereal flakes, and can replace oats!

  • Kate May 22, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Yum x 1 million! I will be making these tonight as an awesome little work snack! I always just bring a small Tupperware container and fill with nuts and seeds but I love the idea of these.

    PS. I always LOVE the articles and other tidbits you post, such a cool idea and I always find everything super interesting!!!

    As always, love your work. xx

    • Faring Well May 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Aw thank you Kate! You are the sweetest. I hope if you make them that you super enjoy their beach-y-ness ;). And sheesh! I am so glad to hear about the articles/links too! You are the best. Thanks for being so sweet. Ps. Dying to try this new cold brew of yours! You amaze me!