Oregon has been fantastic. I can’t express to you how much I enjoy overcast days and rain. I’ve been spending a lot of time playing Auntie and hanging out with my sister’s adorable kids; four months and two years old. Today was the first day I have been at my parent’s house and the kids were not around. It was quiet, pretty predictable. I missed them. I almost missed the chaos for a second. Probably because I can choose to escape it at my own will. I’ve learned a lot just being around my sister these past few days. Especially the sacrifice it takes to be a parent. Holy moly. I salute you parents. You are amazing.
After making hot cocoa yesterday with my niece, and finding it difficult to explain to her that the hot cocoa was actually cold enough to drink. I thought it would be fun to make something hands on with her. I decided we would make one of my recent discoveries that are becoming very popular in the nutrition world, energy balls. Stove-free cooking and kid friendly, bite-sized snacks!
Energy balls. Bliss balls. Antioxidant balls. Snack bites. Whatever you call these little guys, they are an all-in-one package and very simple to make. I’ve seen recipes with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cranberries, cocoa… the list goes on and on. You need three things: a food processor, the ingredients and a pair of hands to roll the balls into their shape. I used almond butter and a small spoonful of coconut oil as the base to stick everything together. I then added espresso beans, sesame seeds, chia seeds, dates, and vanilla extract into the processor. Then I blended all the ingredients together. Rolled the dough into little balls and then decorated them with coconut. Then I put them into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. The espresso beans are my favorite part of these snack bites, as it makes the bites crunchy with a remnant of coffee and makes a great pairing with almond butter. Later in the day I enjoyed a couple of espresso snack bites, with my afternoon cup of coffee. Perfect combo.
This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make! If you don’t have espresso beans, don’t fret! Sub in another seed or nut, and this recipe will taste just as delicious!