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Mr. P’s birthday was fun! We ended up going to the fair with some friends and I tried my first fried Oreo. As apprehensive as I was to take that first bite, boy am I sure glad I did…they are delicious! They’re hard to describe, but are something like a chocolate-filled donut hole. I’m glad we opted to split an order — one for each of us! That’s called damage control! Good thing fairs are a once-a-year deal!! 😉 And it’s probably not all too surprising that Mr. P wanted Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I’m beginning to NOT enjoy anything involving buffalo sauce!

Nutty Fruit Bars adapted from Anja’s Food 4 Thought

1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup dried figs, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raw pepitas pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (I used 1 Tbsp flax seeds + 3 Tbsp pistachios)
1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300° F. Prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pour fruit juice over dates and let soak for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place nuts, apricots (or your fruit of choice), and figs in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Add dates with orange juice and pulse until mixture starts to stick together. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add cranberries, coconut and seeds, kneading the batter until all is well incorporated.

Use the prepared baking sheet as surface and fill large cookie cutters with the batter. Gently remove the cutter to keep the bars in shape. Repeat until all batter is used up.

Bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Yield: 11 bars.

Nutrition Information (per bar): 236 calories; 17.5 g. fat; 56 mg. cholesterol; 102 mg. sodium; 18.3 g. carbohydrate; 10.8 g. sugar; 5.1 g. fiber; 5.4 g. protein

Result: These are a breakfast or snack DELIGHT! They are loaded with nutrition — fiber, mono and polyunsaturated fats, low in sodium….yum! I am a huge fan…and they are very simple to make. I may add in 1 tablespoon of agave or honey next time to just help them hold together a BIT more…but they are decadent! And like I said, nutritionally, they’re an A++!

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My business partners and I are meeting this morning to make some major head-way on our WEBSITE! That’s right, in less than 2 weeks Mid Ohio Nutrition Specialists (that’s us!) will be up and running on the web. We’ve got a pitch to a group of docs on October 18th and another pitch to prepare for a group of 11 nephrologists in Columbus. We need to bring our A-game! Exciting stuff!!

Question: What’s the weirdest or best deep-fried food you’ve ever had?

P.S. Pumpkin pie spice contains: cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg! Several of you got it right…not that I’m surprised! But I honestly had no idea…learn something new every day!

P.P.S. My Pumpkin Lasagna photo was on Foodgawker yesterday…awesome!! 😀 First submission and a home run! I was flattered!

P.P.P.S. My friend Erica is giving away a prep bowl set! Be sure to enter to win!

P.P.P.P.S. Stop by tomorrow for a giveaway!

Enough P.S.’s? I think so…ciao!

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18 Comments

  1. September 26, 2010 / 6:48 am

    I’ve had fried oreos before and they are delicious – definitely not an every day treat!

    Congrats on the foodgawker post – what an accomplishment!

  2. September 26, 2010 / 8:15 am

    lol, P.S.S.S you were missed on Friday night! We ended up going to a place called El Vaquero (really delicious mexican food) and it was a lot of fun. But I’m really glad you had a great time anyway, and the fair is always quite an experience. I’ve never tried fried Oreos before, only fried Snicker’s (amazing).

    Great fruit bar recipe. I love that there is OJ in it! And, I can eat these things. That’s a shocker!

    • Nicole
      Author
      September 26, 2010 / 8:18 am

      We have an El Vaquero in Delaware, too! We will get together soon!!

  3. homecookedem
    September 26, 2010 / 9:19 am

    Oh yum, that fried oreo looks delicious!! I’ve always wanted to try some kind of fun fried fair food like a fried twinkie or fried cookie dough! Some people think it sounds disgusting, but I think it sounds glorious, haha! 😉

  4. September 26, 2010 / 9:37 am

    haha I totally saw your pumpkin lasagna on foodgawker! Made me smile. I’m sure it will be the first of MANY.

    I’ve never had a deep fried oreo and actually probably never will…out of fear that after one bite I’ll become an addict!

  5. September 26, 2010 / 9:38 am

    I’ve heard of deep-fried oreos before, but I’ve never had the nerve to try em haha! They do sound good though, glad you thought so!

  6. September 26, 2010 / 9:46 am

    I saw fried oreos at the fair last weekend. We didn’t get any, but hubby would have been happy… Sounds like the are delicious! 🙂

    Congrats on the Foodgwaker photo! Great job!

  7. September 26, 2010 / 9:59 am

    I’ve always wanted to try deep fried oreos! I’ve never taken the leap and ordered one, but I think they’re definitely worth a taste. This summer I had deep fried lotus flowers…they were interesting!

  8. September 26, 2010 / 10:24 am

    I’ve never tried fried oreos but I definitely want to!
    The fruit/nut bar recipe looks delicious. I keep telling myself that one of these days I’m gonna make my own fruit/nut bar.

  9. September 26, 2010 / 12:08 pm

    I hate to say it but as unhealthy as they are, Fried Oreos are absolutely amazing! 🙂 Glad you and Mr. P got to try them! 🙂

  10. September 26, 2010 / 12:46 pm

    I’m glad to hear that Mr. P had a wonderful birthday! I’ve never had fried oreos, but I LOVE the fried cheese curds at our fair. You’re right, good thing it’s once a year, lol! 🙂

  11. September 26, 2010 / 2:05 pm

    I wanted to try a fried oreo at the fair yesterday! But alas I didn’t and stuck with the eclair 🙂

  12. Kelly
    September 26, 2010 / 3:21 pm

    Fried Oreos? Crazy! My Dad is going to the OU/Texas game next weekend in Dallas and he heard they are going to have Fried Beer at the Fair. Seriously. Litte fried balls with beer inside! He said he was going to try one just for sheer novelty of it.

  13. September 26, 2010 / 4:36 pm

    My friend Annie and I were just talking about this today! I heard there was such a thing as fried beer. Don’t ask me how it works, but yeah… sick!

  14. September 26, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    I’ve had a fried oreo before. I kind of thought it tasted like funnel cake.

  15. September 27, 2010 / 12:34 am

    I really cannot believe that they deep fry oreos!

  16. September 27, 2010 / 8:26 am

    Oh wow deep fried oreo sounds yummy!
    The weirdess deep fried food I’ve ever tried has to be deep fried pickle.

  17. September 27, 2010 / 11:27 am

    I recently had fried oreos for the first time too..definitely yummy!
    I want to try a fried twinkie…haven’t done it yet though..

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