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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

Happy Hump Day!

You are officially half way through your week! Has it been a good one so far? I know a lot of bloggers do "What I Ate Wednesday," but I've admitted multiple times I am way too boring to do that every week. You would be looking at the same thing over and over again. Not fun!

However, this week, I thought I'd give you a little peak at what dinner typically looks like around the George household. As many of you know, my husband has the taste buds of about a 5 year old. Chicken nuggets and macaroni are pretty much his ideal meal. I am not about the eat that, but I still want a happy husband, so what is a girl to do? Compromise of course.

When I meal plan on Sunday, I try to think of ways to tweak a meal to make it work for both of us. For example, tonight we are having spaghetti. I will make E regular pasta and I will whip up some spaghetti squash for myself. We will share the sauce and both eat a salad. Voila, compromise and everyone is happy.

Last night was another great example of a Dinner for Two (different eaters that is). E loves bacon wrapped chicken, and I was in the mood for fish (which he would never eat). I preheated the oven to 375 degrees. Then, I wrapped up his chicken and seasoned my fish with a little cajun seasoning. His chicken went in the oven about 10 minutes before the fish and then both cooked together for 20 minutes.


Usually, we share a side dish. However, you can't have bacon wrapped chicken without baked beans! So that's what E had while I enjoyed some butternut squash. Both are very easy to prepare so it wasn't a big deal. Here is my finished meal. It was delicious and everyone was happy. :)




Last week, I shared with you a recipe for Grain Free Coconut Energy Balls, and this week I decided to re-make the recipe with a chocolate twist! This recipe is super easy and a great replacement for high sugar, high carb energy bars. Plus, you save a ton of money by making your own.




Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

by Lauren George
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 0
Keywords: raw breakfast dessert snack gluten-free paleo chia seeds

Ingredients (serves 18)
  • 10 pitted majool dates
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1.5 scoops low sugar chocolate protein powder (aprox. 1/3 cup)
  • 2 packets of stevia (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1tbsp almond milk
Instructions
Place pitted dates in food processor and pulse until well chopped.
Add in shredded coconut, chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, stevia, and cinnamon.
Pulse until well mixed.
Pour in almond butter, melted coconut oil, and almond milk.
Pulse until dough starts to stick together.
Form into 1 inch balls.
Store in refrigerator and enjoy!
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If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

Do you ever make your own energy/protein bars? What is your favorite recipe?

In health,

2 comments:

Arielle said...

Such a good idea to just make things that can cook kind of at the same time! New follower:))

Kristen said...

Yum, those energy balls sound great. I know I sure could use some extra energy right about now.

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