Celebrate good nutrition!! Visit a farmers market this month! I have an ap on my iPhone that lists all the farmers markets in my area (and the days of operation). My personal favorites are the Kaiser market on Wednesdays (mostly because I can grab Dusty Buns for lunch (right) and say hi to Mike and Sandi (get to know your grower, folks), the Vineyard on Saturdays and that little downtown spot behind KJWL on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
If you are reading this on the post date (March 8, 2012), get your "buns" down to the convention center for the Fresno Food Expo!! Today only....you can see AND TASTE some of our valley's local goodies. Visit the website at http://www.fresnofoodexpo.com/ for more details.
Heart Healthy Bulldog Bites
- 3/4 c. mashed white beans
- 3 Tbsp. canola oil
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/3 c. stevia or white sugar
- 1/4 c. egg substitute (I used liquid egg whites)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp sea salt (crushed fine)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 c. Fresno State raisins
Preheat oven to 350. Mash white beans with oil. Beat sugars, egg and vanilla till smooth and creamy. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl then mix dry with the sugar mixture. Add in beans, then raisins and mix well. Drop on to greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Makes approx. 36 cookies.
Perhaps after a visit to your local farmers' market, a peek at my blog or a trip to the Fresno Food Expo, you'll come up with a health alternative to National "Something on a stick" Day (March 28th)!