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WATERMELON STRAWBERRY LIME SLUSH

Watermelon and strawberry slush with a hint of lime for a refreshing summertime treat!

As the first watermelon enters the house, there is a rush of excitement.  Never seen out of season here, everyone gathers to fulfill their prolonged craving.  Three short months in New England, that’s pretty much it.

I actually had no plan to create slushies today, yet I found myself with a giant half watermelon completely frozen.


Because, well… it was in my freezer.

Apparently when you send a 9 year old boy down to the basement because the watermelon does not fit in the kitchen refrigerator, you need to give explicit instructions as to where said watermelon should go.


Which leads me to my advice regarding this drink.  It will make your life a heck of a lot easier if you cut the watermelon before freezing it.  Just in case you weren’t sure.

Watermelons take a really, really long time to defrost.

After hacking into that beautiful partially frozen monster, successfully avoiding a trip to the emergency room,  I tossed it in the blender with some lime juice.  It was good as is, but missing a little something.  In goes some strawberry puree leftover from recipe testing, and it added just the right touch.


I thought it was great, my husband thought it could be a little sweeter (I guess this is now a dessert drink).  So we compromised with just a teaspoon of sugar.  Totally optional, and I think it greatly depends on the sweetness of your watermelon.

Sugar or not, this is the perfect refreshing drink for a hot summer day.

INGREDIENTS
4 Cups Watermelon, Cubed and Frozen
½ Cup Strawberry Puree*
¼ Cup Lime Juice
1-2 Teaspoons Sugar, Optional

PREPARATION
1. Add watermelon, strawberry puree, and lime juice to a blender and puree until slush consistency. Taste and add 1-2 teaspoons sugar if desired for extra sweetness.

Tips
The strawberry puree can be made in the same blender with either fresh or defrosted frozen berries.

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ENERGY BITES


Full of many healthy goodies, peanut butter energy balls are exactly what you want to be snacking on! 

Introducing – The easiest snack you’ll ever make!  Made with all healthy ingredients and refined- sugar free.  These energy balls will satisfy all your late afternoon cravings.

This same recipe exists already on the blog, deep down in the archives.  Actually one of the first things I ever shared here on The Well Floured Kitchen.  I had made square energy balls, which is still an option.  Yet, most people are looking for round energy balls, so I thought it might be time for an update.

I did change one thing about them.  The amount of honey has been reduced to 1/3 a cup.  I was so happy to find that they are still sweet enough to appease my nagging sweet tooth.  Also, did I mention the hint of chocolate?  I used a couple tablespoons of my Navitas cacao powder – my favorite and I highly recommend it.  But these can definitely be made with any cocoa powder you have available.

They are so simple to make, literally dump all the ingredients in the food processor and give it a whirl.  They will form a dough in about a minute, then roll them into balls.  Little kids can easily help with this recipe, they will especially love rolling the balls.  Like playdough that you can eat.

Really the only downside is how quickly they disappear!  It makes about 30, depending on the size of the balls.  I use this 3/4 ounce scooper, which is about a tablespoon and a half.  With 6 of us, that is less than 4 each!  I need to start making a double batch.

Store them in the refrigerator, and grab one whenever the craving hits!

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter
2 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
⅓ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Ground Flaxseed
½ Cup Sunflower Seeds
½ Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

PREPARATION
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until it is well mixed, and forms a dough.

2. Roll into balls. If the dough is too soft, place in the refrigerator for ½ hour until it firms up, then roll the balls.

3. Refrigerate until serving.

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WHOLE GRAIN CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING

Moist chocolate cupcakes frosted with chocolate peanut butter icing.  Perfect for any celebration!

Chocolate cupcakes made with whole grains?  Yes, it is possible!  Made with barley flour, these moist cupcakes will surprise you.  Barley flour is lower in gluten, and works really well for baking.  But if you don’t have any barley flour, these will still taste great with cake flour or even all purpose.

I’ve been on a bit of a chocolate and peanut butter kick lately.  I’ve shared with you these peanut butter cheesecake truffles, and before that there was this Brownie Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Fudge Frosting.  We even recently cooked up a batch of last summer’s favorite Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce.  So I thought to myself, is that too much for one blog?  But then I came to my senses and realized there can never be too much chocolate and peanut butter!

Since barley flour is lower in protein and gluten than traditional white flour, it is usually recommended to be used in part with other flours.  But one time I made this recipe with all barley, and I was thrilled with the results.  If it was a cake, it may not have worked.  Cupcakes are small enough to not need a ton of structure from the gluten, which is why this works so beautifully!

And that frosting, so rich and amazing!  I used Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa, but any dark cocoa will work.

These delicious cupcakes are exactly the thing you need for your next celebration!  Or you know, a Thursday!  I know you can’t wait to jump right in, so check out the complete recipe over at Tastes of Lizzy T’s  where I am a contributor.

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