chocolate-cherry energy bites

If you’re like me, when time is limited and you’re hungry, the snacks you tend to reach for may not be the most nourishing.  Though I try to stay away from my 3 year old’s Goldfish crackers, sometimes they’re the easiest to grab and who doesn’t love Goldfish crackers??

However, five handfuls later, I’m still hungry and just ate waaaay more crackers than I should have.  So now I’m really trying to make healthy treats to snack on that will satiate those hunger pangs throughout the day.  Enter these cute, little energy bites.

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I think of these as homemade Larabars because they both contain real ingredients and are a cinch to make.  Dates are the only sweetener and do their job of holding everything together.  Using dates and whatever nuts you have on hand as the base, you can completely customize the flavor of these little bites.  So here I had cherries and chocolate (cacao powder), which is always a winning combo.

Then you just blend everything in a food processor, roll the mixture into little balls, and refrigerate.  Boom.  Now you’ve got healthy snacks on the go!

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chocolate-cherry energy bites

These snackable, poppable energy bites are are great to have on hand when hunger pangs strike.  I love these because they’re so customizable, though the cherry and chocolate combo are my favorite.  Just think of these as homemade Larabars!

 

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted
  • ∼½ cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup raw cashews (roasted is fine too, though I would stay away from salted nuts)
  • 3 tbs cashew butter
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • pinch of fine-grain sea salt
  • 3 tbs cacao (or cocoa) powder

Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes if they are dry or hard.

Place dates in a food processor and blend until they are in small pieces.  Add the remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined and has a finely ground consistency.

Using a 2 tbs cookie scoop, scoop mixture into balls and refrigerate in an airtight container.

 

(adapted from Urban Apron)

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shawarma roasted chickpeas 

When I have the time and motivation, roasted chickpeas are a snack staple in our house. If you didn’t think you could eat two whole cans of chickpeas by yourself, this snack may prove you wrong.  Lucky for me, I have a toddler who loves them just as much as I do so they’re the perfect thing to share.

The flavor combo is adapted from NYT’s chicken shawarma recipe (which, by the way, is SO good) and I wanted to try it out on these little guys.  And guess what?  It works!

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Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins

 

The first batch of these little muffins disappeared within a day. True story.  What kept us coming back for more was their secret ingredient- ricotta cheese.  Ricotta has a neutral flavor which is perfect for both sweet and savory recipes and here it just lends moisture and keeps the muffins’ texture airy and light.   Continue reading “Meyer Lemon-Vanilla Mini Muffins”

Salted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, sometimes you just need some chocolate.  I’m not talking about the one square of dark chocolate that’s typical for an after-dinner treat, but a super-decadent, double chocolate chip cookie.  These past couple of weeks have schooled me in what it takes to care for a sick baby and to see your child not feeling his best only makes you wish you could take all his ailments away yourself.  We’ve seen fevers, coughs, colds, stuffy noses and a number of other bodily functions and fluids that probably shouldn’t be mentioned on a food blog.  I don’t want to ruin your appetite.  However, during those times where the babe was able to nap I indulged myself a bit by making these cookies.  Not only did being in the kitchen soothe my frayed nerves, but I knew I couldn’t go wrong with chocolate.  It tends to make everything better.

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