HEY-OH! I hope your week was full of cozy fall vibes, radiators getting turned on, and maybe even a few flurries. We had a handful fall for a hot second Thursday morning and my head nearly hit the ceiling I jumped so high. More legitimate flakes should be on their way this next week and I could squeal. This past week I had Christmas music playing, bowls upon bowls of dough proofing, with the oven seemingly never turned off – and an overwhelming amount of new inspiration. Thanks to you wonderful people and the gorgeous encouragement I received in response to my last post this week, I took a much needed break from cooking for the sake of sharing – and just played in my kitchen. In just a few days I was able to create several new holiday-y, squeal-worthy recipes I cannot wait to share with you all over the next two months. My belly is full, heart is happy, and our home smells so yummy. I hope you can say the same too. Remember to take a beat this weekend and make what you know needs to happen in order to reset and let out a good, deep, careless belly laugh. For your health (and happiness) (and for everyone else around you’s happiness).
Speaking of health and happiness – a few months ago I added strength training workouts to my otherwise run-your-brains-out-only routine I had been following for the past (14?) years. Being strong from head to toe was something I’ve always wanted for myself, but never took the time to do. A good friend of mine does virtual personal training. So even though she was in Phoenix, she still trained me here in Denver. It was so neat. But along with the training came the need for more conscious eating – specifically protein. That is when I drafted up these little guys to have around after my sessions in the afternoon. They help replenish my ginormous (okay, they are still super tiny) muscles with plenty of healthy carbohydrates, fats, and protein. They also make a great little snack during the day when you need a treat / afternoon pick me up with some nutrients for a boost. Anything chocolatey has my attention, and with the addition of caramel-y maca this recipe is a tastebud winner. Plus, they pack as orbs of fuel for any outdoor adventures you may have in store this season. Any way you enjoy them, just enjoy. And happy weekend!
CHOCOLATE MACA PROTEIN BITES
Makes around 18 bites.
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
3 tablespoons hemp protein powder
2 tablespoons flax meal
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon raw maca powder
5 dates, dried
4 to 5 tablespoons hemp milk
Add all of the ingredients except for the dates and hemp milk to the bowl of a food processor. Process until it resembles a coarse meal (about 30 seconds). Pit and roughly chop the dates, then add them to the processor. Pulse for another 30 seconds. Now add the hemp milk (I used 4 tablespoons but if yours is a tad dry add the 5th). Blend until the mixture is whirling around in a cohesive ball. It should be sticky enough to hold together, but not too sticky to handle. Roll 2 tablespoons worth of the mixture into balls. Leave as-is or roll in additional maca powder for extra flavor. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I usually like to let mine chill for a few hours before enjoying, but by all means you can dig in right away. Happy (protein packed) snacking!
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