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Lavender & Apricot Energy Balls

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To kickstart the Spring we SHOULD BE having, I made lavender & apricot energy balls. When things head on down to glooms-ville I just pop one of these dainty little bad boys into my mouth and suddenly Spring happens. It’s magical.

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1/2 cup whole, raw almonds
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
10 – 15 dried apricots
1 tbsp dried lavender
2 tbsp dried coconut + more for coating

1. In a food processor, put all ingredients and pulse until mixture comes together. Using 1 tablespoon scoops, roll mixture into balls and coat in desiccated coconut. Freeze, or keep in the fridge if you will be eating them faster. I like them extra cold. ūüôā

 

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Vegan Mojito Energy Balls

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Let it go. Shit happens. Take a deep, revitalizing breathe and let it all go. Life is beautiful.

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Take each shot as a reason to get up and prove yourself. It ain’t no way to live, if you ain’t livin’ at all. Right?

All this talk about rising up to your potential is making me hungry. Did I mention I made some epic vegan MOJITO energy balls? No, sadly, they do not contain any alcohol… although if you’re already drunk off life…

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These happy, little balls have the exact taste of a Mojito. And for some of us (I can think of quite a few), that is reason enough to eat the whole entire batch (which I have been quite tempted). Super easy, and fun to make (if you like getting your hands dirty), I don’t think anyone would (OR SHOULD) be opposed to cute, magical balls of deliciousness.

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1 cup raw, whole almonds
1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp agave nectar
zest of 1 lime
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
3/4 cup fresh mint, loosely packed
a pinch of Himalayan pink salt
white sesame seeds for coating

1. Pulse almonds and cashews in food processor until coarsely ground.
2. Add dates, pulse until thoroughly combined.
3. Add zest, lime juice, mint, agave, and salt. Pulse until combined.
4. Roll into balls (about a tsp worth of mixture), roll in sesame seeds.
5. Place in an air tight container in the freezer. They do not go rock solid so you can eat them straight out of the freezer!

Raw Hazelnut Brownies

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Who else gets excited at the idea of RAW food? I definitely do. I love when I can recreate a sweet treat (God knows I have a massive sweet tooth), while still incorporating amazing nutritional benefits and never sacrificing delicious chocolatey flavour. Ladies, when it’s that time of the month these little squares will definitely come in handy.

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I can remember back in early high school and middle school, I was going to Burger King and A&W every day after school, eating a cheeseburger and fries as a snack. Without a care in the world, still slightly prepubescent, a stick figure. I thought… how could this ever catch up to me? If I could go back in time and tell my 14 year old self to stop gorging on fatty, processed foods and nom hard on some baby carrots and fresh fruit. I would be doing myself the greatest favour I could ever do for myself. Looking at my diet now and the effects my 14 year old self’s diet would have on my body… it would be tremendous. Not only do I notice it right away in my belly, I would be greasy, my face would break out, I would literally be sick to my stomach the moment after eating it. 14 year old Casey…. how could you have been so bad to your body????

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These “brownies” literally taste like a fudgey, raw bar made of¬†Nutella¬† I honestly almost ate the entire bowl before¬†refrigerating¬†it. There is just something about chocolate and hazelnuts. Add some coconut in there, maybe some cinnamon and vanilla. I’m drooling at the thought of it.

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Brownies:
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts
1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or you can use unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups pitted medjool dates (soaked in hot water for a few minutes to soften)

Topping:
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened dried coconut
2 tsp coconut oil, melted

1. In a food processor, pulse hazelnuts, coconut, cacao, and cinnamon until finely ground.
2. Drain the dates well, and add to mixture. Pulse until evenly combined and blended. Add vanilla and pulse to combine.
3. Line a 9″x9″ brownie pan with parchment leaving an overhang on two sides for easy removal. Press brownie¬†mixture¬†into prepared pan.
4. In food processor, pulse together coconut oil, hazelnuts, and coconut. Top brownies and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Remove and cut into 16 squares.

Grain Free Chai Energy Bars

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DSC_0018I’m discovering just how sensitive your stomach becomes to junk food after being (fairly) healthy a majority of the time. One piece of milk chocolate and bam! I’m running to the bathroom every 30 seconds, sick to my stomach all night. It’s a reminder that our bellies are not waste buckets and we shouldn’t be treating them like dumpsters (even if it tastes damn good).

People often don’t realize how great spices can be for your health and how much distinct flavor you can add by simply adding a variety of spices to your energy bars. Cardamom is an excellent source of iron and magnesium, ginger has healing and soothing properties, and coriander seeds have a surprising amount of vitamin C, unlike most dry spices. Along with a variety of nuts and seeds (and other yummy components), you can have a perfect mid day pick me up with an infinite amount of nutritional benefits. Who knew optimal health could be so good?

DSC_0017You can easily add whatever nuts and seeds you want to this recipe.

You can find the recipe at Healthful Pursuit