Chocolate & Date Protein Bites

Matt wants me to call these "Amaze-balls" but I couldn't bring myself do it...

Matt wants me to call these "Amaze-balls" but I couldn't bring myself do it...

Since I am often up super early to teach and almost always running late, I need something quick, energizing and easy to eat.  Most of the time I am eating on the way to my first client or class.  This is the exact opposite of how I advise my clients to eat breakfast in the morning,  so this is a serious case of "do as I say, not as I do".  However, these bites (or balls, you can call them balls) are perfect if you are working out in the morning and don't want to eat a full meal or even for dessert. Afternoon pick me up? Oh yeah.  Anytime really!

The mixture of dates, oats, almond butter and chocolate is amazzzzzing.  Filling and full of flavor.  Good fats and lots of other key nutrients make these a healthy snack.  Also husband approved! PLUS they are super easy to make and take maybe 10 minutes to throw together. 

The dates almost look like bacon. DO NOT use bacon!

The dates almost look like bacon. DO NOT use bacon!

These bites are a combo of a few different recipes plus a few others I threw in.  Following recipes is really not my thing and I like to improvise a) because I'm a bit picky about flavors b) I omit any steps that I think will take too long and c) because I am almost always missing 1 key ingredient.  I don't take cooking or baking too seriously which is also why its tough for me to record a recipe.  Below is how I made these delicious little balls but feel free to modify however you see fit!   

Chocolate & Date Protein Bites

  • 1.5 cup gluten free oats
  • 5-7 dates chopped (depending on size)
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp almond butter (or any other nut butter)
  • 1 scoop organic vegan protein powder (I use Plant Fusion OR Perfect Fit)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp slivered almonds
  • Chocolate chips....no clue how much.  I'll leave that up to you ;)
  • Shaved coconut on top
Flax on flax on flax

Flax on flax on flax

Directions:  Add all ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl.  I used my muscles to stir with a spoon and got in with my hands to mix, but I suppose you could use a hand mixer or Vitamix. Using just your hands keeps them crunchy since all the pieces are whole.  If you prefer them smoother like a LaraBar I suggest a Vitamix (or food processor). 

Roll golf ball sized balls and place on baking sheet.  Warning: your hands will be covered with almond butter and oats so try not to touch anything in your kitchen.  Should make 16-18 balls. Top with coconut and place in the refrigerator for 20-25 minutes before eating. 

These should last a few days or you can freeze and thaw for a later.  They are SO good! 

Hope you enjoy!  Would love to hear any other ingredient suggestions for these little guys.  I want to eat them every single day.  

xoxo

More Soup...since I'm still freezing

It pains me to write this...as I sit her bundled up, still freezing and over this weather.  A few things that always bring me comfort in the cold are, coffee, a sauna, tea, a sweaty workout and SOUP!  As I've said before, I don't have the time or patience to create a homemade masterpiece from scratch and I like to keep things simple.  I gathered a few ingredients I already had in my kitchen to make a delicious and filling soup. Full disclosure: I often make soup in the Vitamix with minimal ingredients but we were out of carrots and happened to have the soup below in the cabinets.  For all my protein loving friends this meal is packed with protein plus fiber and nutrients. 

Here's the base: A super nutritious carrot/ginger soup found at pretty much every grocery store.  If using a Vitamix use carrots or squash as your base.

It's SO good. Trust me.  Please don't judge my chipped nail polish.

It's SO good. Trust me.  Please don't judge my chipped nail polish.

Next I sauteed kale, extra firm tofu and white beans for extra protein, fiber and vitamins.

Sauteed with a little olive oil plus s&p

Sauteed with a little olive oil plus s&p

Then I added my new best friend: BLACK BEAN PASTA!  Here's the scoop...it's a little high in calories with 320/serving BUT it also packs 15 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein.  Not to mention 25% of your daily calcium, Iron and B6.  Oh and its delicious. 

Bonus points for a cute box ;)

Bonus points for a cute box ;)

I added more veggies since we had tons of spinach and cooked it write in the pot. You can add anything to your soup base.  You can even make this with just a can of veggie broth rather than carrots or squash.  Use what you have an don't complicate it.

Voila. Dinner is served.  It was husband approved too!

As I mentioned you can make the base easily in a Vitamix.  I'd add tons of carrots, veggie broth a little olive oil, ginger and garlic.  Easy-peasy!

xo