Ricki’s Rockin’ Raw Bars & Meet “The Zester”

A few weeks back Ricki posted a most excellent raw bar she created. The “Fig and Cherry Bars have become my favourite raw bar and I’ve made these puppies 4 times already! (This is indeed a lot because neither the Guppy or Mr. Fish will eat them. I don’t know why. They are the best raw bar I’ve ever had, let alone made!).

When I first read the recipe, I wanted to make them post haste, the only problem was I didn’t have any dried cherries. I looked around my kitchen (this took me about 5 seconds because I have a lilliputian French apartment kitchen!). Dried cherries I had not, alas, but an unassuming sealed bag of dried prunes caught my eye. Pourquoi pas? Dried prunes are very sweet, quite high in calcium (which was what these bars were all about!), and rather moist (a bonus in the raw bar department, really).

I’m thrilled to report that the dried prunes rocked the raw bars without a doubt – they were moist and sweet enough that I could opt out on the optional agave syrup, so yeah for that. After doing a little scooby-dooing around my petite ville I found that if I really wanted dried cherries I also had to be ready to shell out nearly 15E for about a handful. To this I said, non. If you’ve got dried cherries priced for the proletariat in your hood, however, I suggest you follow Ricki’s recipe. I’m sure they’d be all tarty-delicious. I also added 2 tablespoons of carob powder to one of the batches and it was a very good move.

This little gadget is one of the best kitchen investments I’ve ever made. Maybe I’m the last human on this planet to have ignored the existence of these puppies, I don’t know. I do know that removing the zest from citrus has always driven me nuts, and to be honest I would sometimes skip it because I found it to be such a pain (I know *hanging head*). Then I found “The Zester”. I love this thing. It has made zesting about 90% less annoying. It is so handy and it was worth every cent of the 7E I spent!

And because this post is all about Ricki (and that’s ok, because she’s pretty rockin’), here’s a sloppy picture of my Radish and Grapefruit Salad. Radishes are so good for you- very good for muscle tissue recuperation (I wish I could link to the two articles I’ve read about this but I cannot find them for the life of me! One was from a Sports Therapy Journal and the other was written by Amby Burfoot for Runner’s World). Despite their good-for-you-ness, I have a tough time working them into my meals, but the tartness of the grapefruit marries perfectly with the bitterness of the radishes. I added a generous teaspoon of tahini to the dressing and it was perfect!

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20 thoughts on “Ricki’s Rockin’ Raw Bars & Meet “The Zester”

  1. I, too, am the owner of a small kitchen. The next time I start feeling sorry for myself, I’ll just close my eyes and imagine that I’m in my small kitchen in my apartment in France. That will make me feel better. Have you ever used prunes in brownies? I only discovered how chocolatey they taste when I sampled my daughter’s prunes when she was an infant (I’m sure you know why she was eating prunes). The prunes really do add richness and moistness (and fiber!) to brownies. Yum!

  2. So healthy! So tasty looking! And what a fab zester. I’m still zesterless which means I have some creative tools around here. Oh the life of a student. :)

  3. I love my zester! I just got it in my Xmas stocking this past year and I was shocked by how much easier it was to peel zest. I’m like you. I used to skip the zesting step before.

    Those raw bars sound wonderful. Thanks for substitution suggestion cause dried cherries are really expensive in these parts as well.

  4. I bought a zester very recently myself, and though I must admit, it makes zesting easier….ok, it makes zesting possible…I STILL hate zesting!! (and skinning nuts).

    Those raw bars sound delicious! :)

  5. First off, your danish pastry is beautiful! It is so golden brown! Secondly, hooray for lemon zesters! They are indeed essential in the kitchen… Third, your raw bars look like they belong in my lunch! And, yes, I agree, we all revert back to childhood when we have huge cookies in our hands! And tummies!

  6. Oooh, I’ve had both of these recipes bookmarked. Good to know *dried plums* work well. The tart cherries are expensive here as well and I don’t usually have those on hand.

  7. Wow, Shelly, I am speechless! (Perhaps you’d like to be my manager–?!!). Thanks so much.

    I’m really glad you like the bars (I am definitely going to try them with prunes!) and the salad (which I really should have again. . . ). Too bad the guppy doesn’t want to try them–the high calcium is great for kids, too.

    And I think this blog title deserves an award or something–pretty rockin’ all on its own!! :)

  8. I know! I don’t know why they won’t either- I think it’s “too healthy” for Mr. F, but have no clue for the Guppy- she should like it, it’s sweet!

  9. those raw bars do look rawk’n! :) i’m going to have to check out the recipe for those little buggers – ’cause yours look so tasty! i’m glad the prunes worked well in them – i love prunes.

    the zester is so tiny & cute! if it had cheeks i would pinch them. tee hee! and i had no idea radishes were so darn good for you! next time i’m at the farmer’s market i’m going to grab a bunch.

    wahooooooooooooo for yummy foods!

  10. there’s several recipes that I want to try from Ricki’s blog, and this one’s definitely on my list. woohoo!

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