September Highlights

One could probably say that September was my first month of “legit” blogging, even though I started in July. It was a really exciting month and there was much to talk about! With that said, here were some of my favorite events of this past month, as well as some blogging highlights.

Biggest Accomplishment:

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Finishing my first sprint triathlon!

Biggest Blogging Accomplishment:

Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

These Paleo Pumpkin Pie Muffins. You have no idea how many times they’ve been repinned on Pinterest…

Personal Fav Recipe:

PB Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites. I’m eating 5-6 right now…

Biggest Thing that went on that apparently I missed:

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Breaking Bad Finale.. I just watched the first episode yesterday….

Favorite Workout on le Blog

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Try it if you haven’t! Remember I did it with a run followed by spin class.

Fav workout not on my blog: this Yoga Flow that I did last Sunday.

Fav Gift: These Lululemon Speed Tights. They’re super warm and ideal for running.

Fav Thing I read: This Bean Bytes post on TheLeanGreenBean.com. Every Monday Lindsay rounds up a bunch of great blog posts from the previous week – appropriately titled “Bean Bytes.” For some reason I really enjoyed this particular weeks links. Thanks, Lindsay!

Fav New blog I found: Deliciously Ella. My Aunt introduced me to it a few weeks ago. I love the clean design of the blog and the recipes all look delicious! Plus she clearly knows what she’s talking about.

And thats a wrap! I’m curious to see what will show up on October’s top list!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Back in the day, when I used to eat things that hurt my stomach, I loved Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I could inhale those faster than you could say “those are why you’re sick all the time, dummy.”

I can’t say that I really miss them. The way I feel now is so much better that I don’t want to go back. But, that doesn’t mean that I’m not a fan of the Peanut Butter Chocolate combo. If you were to tell me that there is a way for me to eat that combination and still be healthy, I would race you to wherever you were hiding such miraculous treats… and I would probably trip you on the way so that I could have them all by myself.

I’m teling you all of that so you won’t come to my house looking for these energy bites, because I’m very protective of them and I won’t share.

You’ll just have to make your own.

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Disclaimer #1: there are no chocolate chips in this recipe. There is chocolate, but no chips. Those were put there so this would get re-pinned on Pinterest. I know, I’m pathetic.

Disclaimer #2: I even had the nerve to use unorganic chocolate chips with milk and high fructose corn syrup in that picture. Hey, all of the Paleo people just left my site….

Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Bites

Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan, Non Chocolate-chipped

makes 12 tablespoon sized bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dates, soaked for 15 minutes to soften, then pitted
  • 1/4 cup almonds (you could mix some peanuts in there, too. I just didn’t have any on hand at the time)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (I used natural chunky pb)

Directions:

  • Pulse the dates and almonds in a food processor to combine.
  • Add in cocoa and peanut butter
  • Pulse  a few more times until everything is mixed together quite nicely
  • Scoop out using a tablespoon and refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm.
  • Enjoy! And send me a sample.

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3 Energy Bar Bite Recipes

Rarely do I enter the kitchen with the intention of making something that the rest of the world will find edible. I’m just not about that life. Until today when I was pushing the buttons on my food processor and something edible just kind of happened.

Even my mom, who likes things like Kool-aid, Cheetos, and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups thought that these were “wicked good.”

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 Meet my newest creation- delicious energy bar bites (basically faux-larabars) that are packed full with all-natural ingredients that are sure to power you through whatever you have next on your training agenda…

Did I mention how delicious they are?

And that they’re super easy to make?

And cheaper than pre-packaged bars?

And that I have three different flavors for you -Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Coconut?

Dang, I’m good.

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Almond Butter Bites                                                                                                    Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – loosely packed – soaked in water for 20 minutes if you find they’re a little tough
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons almond butter

Directions:

  • Pulse dates and almonds in food processor until crumbly and a little sticky
  • Add in almond butter and pulse again until mixed throughout
  • Scoop into tablespoon sized bites (makes 16) or press into bars
  • Let sit in fridge for a few minutes if you’d like them to firm a little

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Peanut Butter Energy Bar Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons peanut butter (i used chunky pb)
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  • Pulse dates, almonds, and peanuts in food processor until crumbly and a little sticky
  • Add in peanut butter and pulse again until well mixed
  • Add in salt, to taste if you so desire
  • Scoop into tablespoon sized bites (makes 16) or press into bars
  • Let sit in fridge for a few minutes if you’d like them to firm a little

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Salted Chocolate Coconut Energy Bar Bites

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo, Vegan

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of pitted dates – loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 1/2 tbsp natural cocoa powder (basically unsweetened Hershey’s cocoa powder in the can)
  • 2-3 heaping tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  • Pulse dates and almonds in food processor until crumbly and a little sticky
  • Add in coconut and cocoa and pulse until incorporated throughout
  • Add in almond butter and vanilla and pulse again
  • Add salt to tase
  • Scoop into tablespoon sized bites (makes 20ish) or press into bars
  • Let sit in fridge for a few minutes if you’d like them to firm a littleIMG_3442

Wash ’em down with a nice glass of almond milk and go seize the day.

Question of the day:

Are you good at kitchen experiments? 

I’m not!

P.S. I also have a salted caramel coconut flavor… but I’m gonna make you wait a little longer to have that one 🙂