Mission Accomplished

So my cooking missions were all accomplished today with time to spare 🙂

Neil worked on re-networking the internet in our condo with a friend which afforded me plenty of time to recreate these delicious recipes.  The first two are from a website I have only recently discovered (shame on me) and so far nothing I’ve made has disappointed!  I identify a lot with Angela from ohsheglows.com and her website was actually the kick I needed to start one of my own.  She is a great inspiration and I’m really glad that she has been able to help others for so many years now.  I may or may not be obsessively reading every post that she has made since the site’s inception (in 2008)…

So on to recipe number one of the afternoon.  I am posting the recipe I made today since I altered the ingredients slightly from the original, which can be found here:

Super Seed Chocolate Protein Bites

Makes 12 bites

  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 24 dates)
  • 1/4 cup hulled hemp seed
  • 1/4 cup chia seed
  • 1/4 cup sesame seed
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

1. Add the dates to the Vitamix (or food processor) and mix until a chunky paste forms.

2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.  The resulting mixture should be sticky and clump together in order for you to be able to roll the dough into balls with your hands.  If it is not, add water (a tsp at a time) until this consistency is reached.

3. Roll the dough into approximately 12 balls and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes.  ENJOY!

I altered the recipe a little by leaving out the dark chocolate and adding some almond extract.  Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have some dark chocolate in the pantry and would like to put it in everything I make, but I am trying not to overdo it since I will probably make something else with it tomorrow 🙂

Here is the interim dough:

The final result:

So good!  Thanks for sharing these and they are pretty simple to make 🙂

Ok, so recipe number two of the day: HOMEMADE ALMOND BUTTER.  I had some almond butter with a delicious honeycrisp apple from the farmer’s market while I was at work last week and it was so good that I decided I MUST HAVE SOME.  I was pumped about it until I saw the $10 price tag and then realized that I probably had the resources to do it at home!  I read about Angela’s homemade almond butter, but ended up using the vitamix recipe since I don’t have a food processor.

It was incredibly simple to make and saved me a LOT of cash if I am correctly predicting the amount that I will eat on a weekly basis (a lot).  I mixed it up and added 2 Tbsp of pure maple syrup so give it some added sweetness.  It made me very happy as indicated by these pictures:

I ended up making spicy tacos for dinner which was adapted from a recipe from thenakedkitchen.com.  The first time I made them with black beans as the recipe states, but Neil was itching for some meat since I so lovingly have been depriving him of it during my recent cooking madness.  We bought some ground beef at the farmer’s market today for just such an occasion and I used that.  I can say they are delicious with or without meat which explains why there is no photographic evidence (they were inhaled almost immediately).
Well I have finished my delicious Yogi Bedtime tea and am off to bed since I am up early tomorrow to hit the gym (my neck is feeling better already!) before my friend’s baby shower in the afternoon.  Hope everyone has a great night!
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