Locusts and Honey Bars

Locusts and Honey Bars

I really do have a thing for insects. I’ve reviewed a handful of protein bars that are made with cricket flour, I’ve even made some cricket tacos, I’ve made some cricket noatmeal and I was even in an insect recipe competition with this spaghetti squash recipe. Everyone seems to be talking about crickets though, recently they’ve been in the news for how great they are for your gut health.

Grasshopper

So I started wondering why are crickets getting all the attention? Then I remembered that crickets have a sort of big brother: grasshoppers. After doing some research I found out that grasshoppers are eaten all over the world like a bunch of other insects, but more specifically grasshoppers (chapulines) are very popular in Mexico. So I decided to reach out to one main supplier for grasshoppers in Mexico called Merci Mercado. They were more than willing to help me out with this recipe and sent me some ground grasshoppers and whole grasshoppers.

Grasshoppers

Now I was thinking about what would be a good recipe to make with grasshoppers and what came to mind was how in the Bible, John the Baptist, was known for eating a diet of “locusts and honey”. My kids, and even myself, have always found this idea intriguing that this nomad dude lived off of such a strange diet. So I thought why not try to build off this idea and make some Locusts (Grasshopper) and Honey bars. Now I know I’m not using actual locusts for this recipe, but according to wikipedia “Locusts are certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that have a swarming phase”. So nevertheless, locusts can be considered a type of grasshopper, therefore these bars shall be called locusts and honey bars!

Looking around

I looked around for a few recipes that were similar to Larabars and RXBARs and I came across this recipe. I used this recipe as a guide but made some tweaks with the nuts and protein source. I believe this came out as a great protein bar and hopefully you’ll feel the same. My kids sure do have no problem eating them! Enjoy!

 

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Ingredients
Get all your ingredients together

Nuts
Throw in the almonds and macadamia nuts

Ground Nuts
Grind them up to a french press coffee ground consistency like in the photo

Dates
Throw in the dates

Raw Honey
Raw honey

Grasshopper Flour
Ground Grasshoppers

Cacao Powder
Cacao powder

Water for moisture
After it’s all ground up add a little water to give it some moisture

Pour the mixture
Pour the mixture into the pyrex dish and then press in the whole grasshoppers

Press them in
It should look something like this

After the fridge cut them up
Place them in the fridge for at least an hour, then after an hour take them out and cut them into however many bars you want

Plate em
Get em on a plate

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Locusts and Honey Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw or toasted almonds

  2. 1 cup raw or roasted macadamia nuts

  3. 1/2 cup ground grasshoppers

  4. 1 1/2 cups dates

  5. 2 tablespoons raw honey

  6. 1/2 cup cacao powder

  7. 2–4 tablespoons water

  8. Handful of whole roasted grasshoppers for topping

Instructions
  1. Pour the almonds and macadamia nuts in a food processor. Pulse until they’re ground up pretty good.

  2. After the nuts are ground up, add the dates, honey, ground grasshopper and cacao powder. Pulse until they’re all mixed well together.

  3. Add in some tablespoons of water until the texture seems moist enough to press into a pyrex dish.

  4. After the texture is good line a square pyrex dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the dish until distributed evenly. Then take the whole grasshoppers and evenly spread them out on top and slightly press them into the mixture.

  5. Refrigerate for about an hour then when you’re ready to eat take them out and cut into as many squares as you like. Keep refrigerated and enjoy!

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Easy Honey Roasted Vegetables

Easy Honey Roasted Vegetables

Looking for a way to make veggies less boring? All you have to do is roast them in a bunch of fat, some fresh herbs and a little bit of honey.

No joke it’s that easy. I’m always looking for ways to minimize my time in the kitchen and roasting veggies is the easiest way to do that. I prefer a mix of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. Now you can use fresh if you want to, but honestly I’m too lazy to cut all the different ones and all that, plus flash frozen veggies tend to be fresher because they are frozen right after they’re harvested. I call that a win win, but the choice is up to you. The cook time just may be a little less for fresh veggies over frozen. Costco has a pretty good selection of huge bags of frozen veggies. That’s where I tend to get mine or if I run out I just get them at Stater Bros.

Pair these veggies with the protein of your choice and you’ll have about 10 minutes total kitchen time and then all you have to do is wait for your veggies to roast to perfection. While they’re roasting feel free to play with your kids, run around with the dog or take a nap.

Fresh Herbs
Fresh herbs

Before Oven
Before the oven

Close up
Close up with fresh herbs

After oven
After the oven

Crispy
Crispy & sweet

Easy Honey Roasted Vegetables
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Ingredients
  1. 1lb mixed fresh or frozen veggies (I prefer the ones with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
  2. 1/2T honey
  3. 3T extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1/2t Kosher salt
  5. 1/4t pepper
  6. Handful of fresh thyme (or 1/2t dried thyme)
  7. Handful of fresh mint (or 1/2t dried mint)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Pour veggies onto baking tray. Measure out (or eyeball it) and pour all ingredients onto veggies and mix it all together. Try not to crowd the veggies or else they will take forever to crisp up.
  3. Roast in oven for 35–45 minutes depending on if they’re fresh or frozen. You really just need to keep watching them and pull them out of the oven when they are at your desired crispness. I like to stir them only once throughout the roasting.
  4. Once they’re done, pull them out and serve with your protein of choice. Enjoy!
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