Tag Archives: Dates

Cashew Date Balls

20 Jun

Remember those Coconut Date Energy Bites we made a few weeks back?
They are absolutely perfect to grab before our 5:40 AM muscle pump class for a much needed burst of fuel in the morning.

Especially because at that hour we are not awake enough to grab anything else.

So after eating the last 2 bites we had in the freezer we knew we needed to make another batch ASAP.

So we grabbed our blender and threw in some ingredients inspired by one of our favorite Lara bar flavor, Cashew Cookie. We love mixing around different ingredients to see how the texture and taste is affected.

These date balls may be just as good, if not better, than our first batch.

Cashew Date Balls (Makes 18 tablespoon sized bites)

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of roasted, unsalted Cashews
1 cup of Rolled Oats
1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
3 tablespoons of Hemp Seeds
1/4 cup of Textured Vegetable Protein (optional)
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons of Natural Peanut Butter
10 Pitted Dates

Directions:
1. Pit your dates and chop them into bite sized pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor, excluding water. Allow the mixture to blend for a minute or so to break down the ingredients.
3. Once the mixture is slightly dry and crumbly slowly add in 1/4 cup of water and continue to mix or blend together until the mixture becomes sticky and wet.
4. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll them into balls.
5. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

To thaw date balls remove from freezer and microwave on high for 10 seconds.

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Coconut Date Energy Bites

17 May

As of this morning, we have successfully competed our first full week of Body Pump classes! There is no greater feeling than getting in an awesome work out before most people have even rolled out of bed.

Body pump is a barbell class that sculpts and tones your entire body! It focuses on low weight loads with high repetition movements to help you burn fat, gain strength, and quickly produce lean body muscles.

We are loving this class and if you think it seems like something you’d enjoy too, you should check out this website to see if there is a class taught in your area!

Although 5:30 am is a little too early for our typical big breakfast we still like to at least put something nutritious in our body before our workout. Late Sunday night we were brainstorming what we could make to grab quick in the morning before our first Body Pump class. With a container of dates that needed to be used and inspiration from our favorite food bloggers Kylie from immaeatthat and Emily from the Daily Garnish these were created.

Coconut Date Energy Bites (makes 23 tablespoon sized bites)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup of almonds
1 cup of rolled oats
10 dates, pitted
1 tablespoon of hemp seeds
2 tablespoons of ground flax
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of textured vegetable protein (TVP)
8 tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut (reserve 2 tablespoons for rolling)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup of water

Directions:

1. Pit your dates and chop them into bite sized pieces.
2. Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor, excluding water and 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut. Allow the mixture to blend for a minute or so to break down the ingredients.
3. Once the mixture is slightly dry and crumbly slowly add in 1/4 cup of water and continue to mix or blend together until the mixture becomes sticky and wet.
4. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll them into balls.
5. Roll balls in shredded coconut and place in refrigerator or freezer.

These bites are super easy to make and you can basically substitute any ingredients for ones you have on hand. Any type of nut, peanut butter, or dried fruit would be a great addition to these energy bites. These are perfect to grab on the go and average about 65 calories per bite with almost 2 grams of protein! We usually grab 2-3 bites before our work out! These are definitely a new staple in our house.

A close up shot of these babies, yum!

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What is your go-to snack before you workout?