Meredith Shares Her No-Bake Protein Bars

As a women who has always appreciated culinary fads - I've definitely fell into the protein bar diet. I ate a Luna Bar for breakfast religiously in college, moved to Lara Bars when I got into "raw", had Greens Plus Bars shipped to me in Paris {freakish}, and now if I'm in a pinch - I will definitely grab a Kind Bar in the airport. 

Although THAT diet came to and end YEARS ago, I still love bars. I don't think that you need to live on them, or that they are necessarily the healthiest food,  but they are fun, nutritious {can be}, filling, and go really well with a cup of coffee.

Remember, they ARE a meal replacement. If you eat a bar on top of a meal, be prepared to have a stomach ache. 

OK, that's my spiel. 

All that being said, I'm usually too lazy to make my own. Until now.

This Summer we are testing recipes for Matthew Kenney's new book and we have a awesome interns in town to help. First on the scene is Carly Gross. She is a junior at University of Florida, is passionate about health and wellness and glows! She is super confident and talented in the kitchen so this Memorial Day we put her to work on those bars! :-) {For some beautiful food pics, follow @cgross on Instagram} 

We have some professional athlete clients who have requested protein bars, so starting a batch of bars to test seemed like a good idea. 

We chose to make a bar that didn't need to be dehydrated, nothing needed to be sprouted or blended, all you need is one bowl! Super fast and easy. 

This bar is high protein and low in sugar. You can substitute the honey for a little bit more coconut oil for a less sweet version.  

Meredith's No Bake Protein Bar Recipe

1/2 Cup Chopped Pistachios
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds 
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour 
1/4 Cup Vanilla Protein Powder {we used our new favorite for the Be Beaming kitchen} 
2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds 
2 Tbsp Chia Seeds 
1/3 Cup Goji Berries 
1 Tbsp Jeruselum Artichoke Powder 
1/3 Cup Coconut Flakes 
1 Vanilla Bean 
1/3 Cup Hemp Milk 
1/3 Cup Coconut Oil 
2 Tbsp Coconut Butter 
1/4 Cup Honey 
2 tsp Cinnamon 
Pinch of Salt 


  • Mix all ingredients together and pressed into a terrine pan. 
  • Chill in refrigerator for approximately 1 hour. 
  • Slice into 12 1 inch bars. 


They are really, really good- enjoy for breakfast, or a post workout treat! 


Until Next time! ---------- Meredith

Meredith's Skin Saver Smoothie :: Papaya, Nut Milk, Flax Oil

This recipes is a sneak peak from my new book. We had it today as the perfect mid morning pick me up. It is SO good. To me it tastes like creamy papaya pudding-  This combination is delicious for summer when the sun is hot, and we start baking our skin and taking out all of the moisture! 

Papaya is an amazingly rich source of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in the enzyme papin, making it powerfully beneficial to digestion. Almond Milk is rich in Vitamin E, and Flax oil is rich in Omega’s fatty acids 3 and 6. This smoothie is truly internal skin food.  

Serves 1-2 * I doubled the recipe to make 3. 

     ½ Large Papaya
      1 Cup Almond Milk
      1 Tbsp Flax Oil
      Few Tbsp Papaya Seeds {optional} 
      Handful Spinach {optional}

Blend all ingredients until smooth!

As usual- sip, relax and enjoy!

The Big Question: Smoothie or Juice? {Meredith Speaks}

One of the most common question we get from readers is Buy a Juicer? Or buy a Vitamix? Which is better, juice your veggies? Or blend your veggies? 

So, Meredith Baird has created a smoothie recipe, Beyond Beautiful Berry Protein Smoothie, as well as her explanation:

My answer is that they are completely different, she says.

Juice is a supplement. The nutrients absorb easily because there is no fiber to slow them down.Because they absorb so quickly I prefer (and recommend) juices that are very low in fruit and sugar. Generally juices aren't that filling. 

Smoothies are a meal. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.  Smoothies are a great way to combine fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and proteins for a completely nutrient dense experience.There is no right way to make a smoothie. Throw ingredients in that make you happy! This is my most frequent (and favorite) combination. You can't go wrong with the combination of berries and spinach- so nutritious! 

Plus, Summer is on its way- and so are amazing smoothies! I don't know about you, but winter makes it really hard for me to get into smoothie mode. It might be because I live in Maine and frozen fruit seems counter intuitive in the winter (as it should!), or perhaps it is nice just to change it up a bit- either way, smoothies are an amazing way to really pack in the nutrition. 

Here is my concoction, try it, and then experiment with your own. 

Fruits and Veg
Serves 2 Large Smoothies 

2-3 Cups Frozen (or fresh) Berries - I always make sure that some blueberries make there way in! 
1 Young Coconut- Meat and Water 
1 Cup Brazil Nut Milk (or Nut Milk of your choice) 
2 Cups Spinach 



  • Beaming Protein Powder - This is a proprietary blend of vegan protein made by or friends and colleagues at the Be Beaming cleanse squad in San Diego. I am LOVING it. 
  • 1 Scoop Green Vibrance 
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Butter
  • Bee Pollen- *I like Bee Pollen on mine 

*If you like it sweeter, add a date or a few drops of stevia. 

Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth! (It helps if you put the spinach and liquid in first!) 

Sip, Relax and Enjoy!

My Fennel Corn Salad

It's that time again! Summer fruits and veggies are coming into season and I'm overwhelmed with excitement. 

One of my favorites, next to watermelon, is fennel. It is so fun to add fennel to all sorts of salads and dishes. 

This time, I'm sharing one of my all time favorite creations. It does have cheese, so it's not vegan friendly. You can leave the cheese out, but you will lose the sour taste, which makes this salad super unique. 

It's fresh, organic, clean and extremely full of flavor. Perfect if you're having company or barbequing outside. The jalapeno is the key ingredient here, so do NOT leave it out!

I also like to add toasted sesame seeds or hazel nuts crushed up on the top. You can top with green onion as well. Or just leave it as is. Adding wild arugula or another green herb makes the salad really PRETTY! Have fun. 

Enjoy and have an amazing weekend.

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{photo credit: feta cheese from saveur magazine}

Meredith Talks Giveaways & Matthew Kenney's Spring Menu

Ok... so one of the MAJOR perks of my job is getting to eat amazingly delicious, innovative, raw vegan food. I know right? SO SOOOO hard. All that WORK! (Right?) 

In truth, that doesn't happen as often as I'd like! I end up preparing most of our meals myself (even though they are still healthy and delicious). So I always look forward to going to our restaurant and culinary school Matthew Kenney in OKC. Students come from all over the world (literally) to learn this type of cuisine. What comes out of that kitchen is none short of truly amazing. I never leave without being BEYOND inspired. 

The students make great food, and so does the kitchen! We change the menu every season. Fortunately this season change was on the cusp of hiring our new (amazingly talented) corporate Chef Scott Winegard. He is from Brooklyn, NY and has worked with Matthew in various capacities - including  Pure Food and Wine. Scott is in OKC to help execute the new  spring menu and he brought his passion for vegetables with him.

While in OKC I spent a week testing (tasting) every dish so I thought that I would supply you with some food porn {wink}! note: all of the photos are of RAW VEGAN dishes. Amazing, right?

Dessert often comes first in the raw food kitchen. If you have never experienced a raw food dessert, be prepared to be truly amazed. In our kitchen right now we have the lovely pastry fairy Tatiana Jankowski. This round of desserts was unbelievable.

I'm not biased. I truly can't say enough good things about all of the excitement that comes out of that kitchen in OKC. If you are passionate about health and beautiful food, please stay in touch! 

Check out all of the new dishes on our website

Our Tumblr is an endless amount of mouth watering photos!


And guess what, I've decided to give away the Matthew Kenney iPad app as well as a copy of our new book, Raw Chocolate!


Simply like MATTHEW KENNEY'S Facebook page and leave a comment here on PUREmamas that you did so! 

For extra credit, mention Juli Novotny & Meredith Baird in a tweet.