Blood orange bars

Our little one, Alex (aka Alexander, aka Jacob, aka Sooshi) is obsessed with names. 

Everyday, ten times a day, he asks us, my husband and I if we like a certain name. Most days I find his name sake obsession cute but some days when I’m busy or has no patience it drives me nuts. I somehow forget that all I need to answer is “yes” or “no”.

“Eema, do you like the name Freddy?”

“Freddy, F-r-e-dddy, not really.”

“Aba, do you like the name Moses?”

“Moses is a good name”

“Eema, do you like the name Paul?”

Sometimes when I’m busy or I’m not really sure, I repeat the name over once or twice, not a good thing for me to do because, I ended up getting a speech therapy session.

“Eema, not ‘Poll’,  ‘Paul!'” 

“I did say Poll!”

“No, you didn’t, you said Poll! You’re supposed to say Paul!”

“Whatever, I like the name Poll.” 

One day when I picked him up from school he told me that he doesn’t want to be called Alex anymore, not even Alexander, he wants to have a new name. Later that day he asked me if I liked the name Franklin. Without giving it a serious thought, I answered “yes”. So now he wants to be called Franklin. 

Yesterday, when I told him that I put Chia seeds in the bars he asked me “Do you like the name Chia?” I said “Yes, I love it!” hoping he would change his name from Franklin to Chia.

Today, when I called the blood oranges blood oranges, he said “no! they are called fire oranges”. 

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showing off my first pedi for the season.

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Fire oranges looking like raw meat!

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Bloody messy oranges!

Blood Orange Bars

  • ½ cup olive oil or canola oil
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • ½ blood orange (or plain)
  • 1 cup blood orange, peeled & diced (look at picture)
  • ¾ cup coarsely ground almonds & hazelnuts (you can use either one)
  • ¾ cup whole-wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds*
  • 2 small blood oranges, sliced thinly
  • Sugar

*Chia seeds don’t contribute to the flavor but to the texture and nutrition value. They are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil a 11 x 11-inch cake pan (or any medium square or rectangle baking dish).

In a large bowl mix together the oil and sugar. Beat the eggs into the bowl.

Squeeze the orange into the bowl and add the diced orange, continue to beat for a few seconds.

Add the ground almonds and hazelnuts, flour, baking powder, and chia seeds and mix with a wooden spoon until the batter is well combined and smooth.

Pour the batter into the pan, then gently place the orange slices over in a row with even gaps. Sprinkle some sugar and put into the oven for about 34 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely on rack, then slice it into squares. Store the bars in a container for up to 3 days.

4 thoughts on “Blood orange bars”

  1. Hey Shelly,

    I made this recipe and it turned out to be really very good. Everyone in my family especially my son loved it. Thank you and looking forward for many more recipes.

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