Well, it is for me at least. I had a BEAUTIFUL weekend. It certainly didn’t have anything to do with the weather, but it was beautiful nonetheless. On Friday I received the awesome blessing of an opportunity to meet up with some other New England area bloggers for a veggie dinner at Garden Grille in Rhode Island. Talk about good company.
We all got the chance to share our life stories and how we came to love a plant-based lifestyle. There were stories of weight loss, strength training, marathon running, and healed digestive issues ;) But of course no one thought it was TMI. It was so great to join a table of people who were all on a similar journey.
Before we left, the owner came to chat with us for a minute and asked if we were there for a birthday or something. We told him we were all health and fitness bloggers, and he said,
“Oh! So this table right here could change the world.”
I think he has higher hopes for us than we have for ourselves, but his enthusiasm was intoxicating.
It is just NO coincidence that I came home from that dinner filled with inspiration for baking and cooking all weekend.
I haven’t created many of my own recipes lately, but I was on a mission. The result? These beautiful little treats.
They are delicious, packed with plant power protein, and not too sweet. Bonus? They have a little dose of caffeine too :)
- ½ c. raw almonds
- ¼ c. raisins
- 1 c. oatmeal
- 2 scoops protein powder
- ¼ c. peanut flour
- ¼ c. oat flour (or flour of choice)
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¾ c. brewed coffee
- ½ c. almond milk
- 2 chai tea bags
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tbsp. agave nectar
- Brew coffee (I use about 2 scoops coffee grounds and 1 cup water). In food processor, blend raw almonds, raisins, and oat flour for at least 2 minutes or until consistency is such that it will stick together when you press down on it. When coffee is brewed, combine with almond milk, vanilla, and agave nectar. Place tea bags in coffee mixture and let sit for at least 5 minutes. In separate bowl combine oatmeal, protein powder, peanut flour, chia seeds, and spices. Add in almond raisin mixture and combine thoroughly. Pour in coffee mixture until you get a doughy consistency, about ¾ c. liquid.
- Cover plate or tray with wax paper. Hand roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or overnight. Enjoy!
- *Alteration: replace raw almonds and peanut flour with equivalent amount of nut butter. Either hand chop or use food processor to break down raisins.
- *Alteration: for a sweeter version, add 8 drops liquid stevia or 1-2 tbsp. extra agave nectar. This recipe is not very sweet, as I’m trying to adjust my palette for sugar and sweetness.
Try out the recipe and let me know what you think!
(ps) coming up this week: new workout plans and my triple protein muffin experiment! GREAT RECIPES.