When an instagram food account is both deliciously mouth watering and healthy, it’s definitely worth following. If you follow Lori Hernandez’s account @vegan.lori you’ve likely found some major plant based inspiration. We reached out to Lori to ask for a holiday themed recipe we could share with you and she sure did deliver. Peppermint just screams Christmas and the holidays and these bars are as healthy as Lara bars but better because homemade is always preferred. Give them a try and let us know what you think!!
“Peppermint Cinnamon Bars”
  • 2 1/2 cups dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Combines all ingredients in a food processor.
  • Blend for about 2 minutes or until well combined.
  • Transfer to a greased 8×8 pan.
  • Press down with the palms of your hands until completely flat.
  • Freeze for 2-3 hours.
  • Remove from freezer, cut into bar shapes, and enjoy!

Ms. Hernández is originally from San Diego, California. She started ballet at the age of 3 with Paz Soriano and Carla Pérez.  She received her pre-professional training for 10 years at the San Diego Academy of Ballet under the direction of Sylvia Tchernychev. She has had the opportunity to perform multiple principal roles from ballets such as The Nutcracker, Paquita, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. She has participated in the Youth American Grand Prix for five consecutive years and has attended numerous summer intensives around the United States. She has danced professionally with Ballet Arizona and Oklahoma City Ballet. She is currently a professional freelance ballet dancer and teaches ballet.

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Vegan Lori’s “Peppermint Cinnamon Bars”

Jess Spinner

Jess is a former professional ballet dancer turned Holistic Health, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Coach for high level dancers. She founded The Whole Dancer in 2015 after identifying a greater need for balance, wellness and support in the dance world. Since The Whole Dancer was founded, Jess has worked with 100's of dancers worldwide at top companies and schools. She has been featured in or written for Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine.

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