Crostini with Artichoke, Basil & Pistachio Pesto (GF, DF, V, Vegetarian)

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Crispy Honey Cauliflower (baked) & Rice Bowls (GF, DF, VF)

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Cinnamon Roll Truffle Energy Bites (GF, DF, V, Refined Sugar Free)

September 23, 2016

Happy almost Friday peeps!  It’s been crazy around here and to top it off someone informed me that “Mercury is in retrograde” which allegedly means things get a little topsy turvy.  For example, last week I dropped and smashed a glass bottle, broke my favorite necklace, all of my recipe testings failed and it was just overall a nightmare week.  But I’m back with a bang this week with some recipe SUCCESSES!  Hallelujah people! I baked a glorious Banana Bread with Toasted Walnut Streusel (recipe here), made an awesome lunch without hurting myself or anyone else and then today, came up with these amazing energy bites.  They are SO good!  Imagine the gooey center of a cinnamon bun all rolled up into this fabulous bite of heaven! And they are completely guilt free, full of healthy fats, and come together in just 10 minutes.  You simply whiz everything around in a food processor or blender and dust them with a little cinnamon sugar-coating (optional but it looks so pretty!) and you are done.  I keep these in the fridge for a couple of weeks (if they last that long) and pop them in my mouth whenever I need a sweet treat or post workout snack!  They are also great for the kiddos lunch boxes too.  They’ll never know they are healthy because they taste so decadent! Anyway, let’s get started!

Ingredients

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup raw pecans

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Ka’Chava Tribe- use code thefitforkfeed10 at checkout for 10% off your order)

1 scoop collagen powder -optional (I used Vital Proteins Marine Collagen) may sub an additional tablespoon of protein powder

1 T chia seeds

1/4 cup flax seeds

1 cup medjool dates (about 12 dates)

3 T maple syrup

1 t cinnamon

1 T melted coconut oil

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until the mixture forms into a ball.  May take up to 3 minutes. If the mixture does not come together after a few minutes, feel free to add a tablespoon of water until it balls up. Use a melon ball or teaspoon to scoop the mixture and roll into balls.  If desired, roll the balls into the cinnamon sugar mixture (recipe below).

Cinnamon Sugar Dust

2 T coconut sugar

2 T vanilla protein powder

1 T cinnamon

In a small bowl stir the ingredients above.  If you have any leftover, you can use it on top of waffles, pancakes, or smoothies.

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