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A Recipe from Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

Robyn Openshaw - Apr 27, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I love working with Michelle Jorgensen and her enthusiastic employees as they shift to whole-foods habits on GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover. She makes foods for the whole office to improve their health, as well as for her own husband and four children. This week I was filming at her house, and I have to say, I have a great garden, but her garden kicks my garden's trash!

We swapped tastes of our uber-healthy treats (mine was Almond Joy Fudge from Chapter 4 in 12 Steps to Whole Foods). This was her creation, and if yo're anything like me, you're gonna love it!

Dr. Jorgensen's Power-Through-The-Day Bars


  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (almonds, pecans, etc, or a combination)
  • 2 cups chopped dates (you can buy chopped dates rolled in oat flour inexpensively in bulk at many health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chia seed
  • 1/2 cup raw cocoa, carob, or cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp Original Himalayan Crystal Salt or sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips, naturally sweetened
  • 1 pkg plain vegan gelatin
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Blend coconut, nuts, dates, and flax seeds each separately in a high powered blender until medium fine.
  2. Mix blended ingredients with chia seed, cocoa powder, 1/4 t salt, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Dissolve gelatin in the hot water let stand for five minutes. Add honey and remaining salt. Beat until fluffy (or mix in blender until frothy.)
  4. Add the honey mixture to the mixture in the bowl and stir until everything is moistened. Press into a 9 x 13 pan with moistened hands.
  5. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, until set.
  6. Cut into bars and keep in a container in the fridge or freezer.

Up next: Vibe Podcast, episode 53 -- Healthy Mouth, Healthy Life with Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

Photograph of Robyn Openshaw, founder of Green Smoothie GirlRobyn Openshaw, MSW, is the bestselling author of The Green Smoothies Diet, 12 Steps to Whole Foods, and 2017’s #1 Amazon Bestseller and USA Today Bestseller, Vibe. Learn more about how to make the journey painless, from the nutrient-scarce Standard American Diet, to a whole-foods diet, in her free video masterclass 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that help support the GSG mission without costing you extra. I recommend only companies and products that I use myself.

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12 thoughts on “A Recipe from Dr. Michelle Jorgensen”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I was wondering if you could give me a little more specific information about how to give raw goats milk to babies. My daughter is 7 months old and breastfed. Next week I will be away from her for about 17 days 🙁 She does wonderful with solid foods and slurps up her green smoothies (It’s adorable). I would like to give her raw goats milk while I’m away if that is the best option, but I’m not sure how to do it. Do I dilute it with water or just use it full strength? Do I need to make one of the goats milk recipes I’ve found online that add things like virgin coconut oil, whey liquid, molasses, etc.?

    Thanks in advance! I really appreciate your opinion.

    We love 12 steps! As a young mom of 3 I cannot thank you enough for all you do. All of your hard work has made excellent nutrition so easy and enjoyable for our little family. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!


    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Hi Abby! I just used raw goat’s milk plain. I didn’t wean my babies that young and hope you can breastfeed well past a year (18 months if you’re willing) but I did that (no water), and I also made yogurt from it. Nowadays I make kefir, even easier and better for you. Good luck with the trip! No need to add whey to goat milk (you can just make kefir and it has its own whey), but if you want to blend in coconut oil, that would be fine. Whole goat milk has a good fats profile though.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    My husband Randy and I are new to whole foods eating. I have just recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and have decided that I am going to change my lifestyle and eliminate disease from my life. We have purchased your 12 Steps and are going to be participating in the Detox that you are promoting with GreenSmoothieQueen in May. We have both recently lost a considerable amount of weight and feel that we are headed in the right direction. Do we have to worry about making these eating changes too quickly? We have been faithfully studying and reading all kinds of research since my diagnosis. I want to just make sure that we don’t be too aggressive in our lifestyle change and have bad reactions. Your thoughts would be appreciated.



    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Linda, for the most part, I think you should go as fast as you’re able and enjoying it! Sometimes your enthusiasm can result in detox reactions, of course, and when you’re learning tons of new habits it can take a lot of time. But if you’re okay with that and feeling good, by all means, go as fast as you want! Go Linda and Randy!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn, I have been wanting to know this question for a long time. You mentioned on a previous blog that you use cow’s milk to make your kefir. Why is that o.k. when we know drinking cow’s milk is not good for us? My chiropractor allowed my friend to have kefir as well, even though she told her to stay away from dairy. Will you please explain. You do use cow’s milk, right? Thanks!

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Diane, please read Ch. 8 in 12 Steps. The proteins are broken down in kefir or yogurt and are predigested; they generally do not cause the mucous-forming reaction that regular milk does.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Awesome, Robyn, Thanks! That really helps me. I do plan to continue breastfeeding when I get back. I’m just praying everything goes well. Thanks again for your input.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Abby! I just wanted to add that you should pump while you’re away from your daughter to keep your milk supply up. Also, avoid anything flavored with sage during that time since sage can dry you up. With the lack of nipple stimulation it will be very important to do everything you can to protect your supply.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Krista,

    I am planning to do all I can to keep my milk supply, and turn a less than ideal situation into a positive thing for all of us. Thanks for your suggestion about sage and for your encouragement!


  7. Anonymous says:

    I’m giving you all my encouragement! And I’m sorry if it sounded like a lecture, I’ve just ran into a few ladies that thought they could go one week+ without pumping and be okay.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have a random question for you. I’d like to make the parmesan flax crackers from chapter 7, but I’m wondering…do I soak the flax, then grind, or do I grind and then soak? Thanks Robyn!


  9. Tried this recipe and it is SO GOOD! They are so filling, and I love that it does taste sweet, but mostly from the dates and a little honey. I used carob instead of chocolate chips, so next time I will decrease the honey a bit. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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