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Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]

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Whenever I think about making energy bites, which I do every three weeks or so because a batch lasts me that long, I usually just think about what I have to use up and what sounds good. These ones I was basically just eating straight out of the food processor like some sort of animal. Next time I need to make a batch, I really need to recreate these.

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These guys get me to run some mornings.

This month’s Recipe Redux theme was things that pair with chocolate. Bananas are an immediate choice. So is peanut butter… of course I used both because I feel the need to eat nut butter and chocolate with everything always.

If I had more time, I probably would have recreated the most amazing dessert I think I have ever had (except maybe sans this insane goat cheese dessert I had once) that was on the menu at Lazy Bear last week, but alas, the past few weeks of my life have been a little… crazy. Thank you for all your kind comments on my Lemony Snicket-esque string of bad luck (props to Suz for that awesome pop-culture call out). So instead, you guys get these balls of deliciousness that I made in November. Whoops. I’m really classic at that.

After my juice cleanse and pretending I was going to get my life back in order, I bought a jar of Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter because… why not? I’ve actually had it for a month and it’s only a quarter of the way eaten, which means I’ve probably had three servings spread out over a few weeks, so I’ll chalk that up to a win. I’ve been having some dark chocolate at night or maybe a baby spoon full (and I mean baby, like a couple teaspoons) of chocolate hazelnut butter. I really need to remember I keep chocolate-y energy bites around for that same reason.

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Remember when I would have awful chunky energy bites?

Chocolate Banana Bread Energy Bites [Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free]
 
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Cuisine: Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 24 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dried bananas
  • 1 cup dried figs
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used Vega Recovery Protein Powder)
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dried figs and bananas in filtered water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain figs and bananas and place in food processor with cashews. Pulse until crumbly.
  3. Add protein powder, peanut butter, maple syrup, almond milk, cinnamon and sea salt to food processor and continue to combine until a ball forms.
  4. Place ball in airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Form into 1" balls and store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or the freezer for up to two months.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 84 Fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 10 g Sugar: 5 g Sodium: 7 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2 g

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Antioxidant Energy Bites

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Fun fact: I’ve had this recipe since June. This is the last recipe I have saved so hopefully my kitchen things come soon. Also I really miss all of my kitchen things and I’m craving a green smoothie so my heart is pretty broken right about now.

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Turtle dish, somewhere in the flyover states currently.

Where do you find antioxidant mix or what even is antioxidant mix, you ask. Well, I found it at Costco. It’s from Made in Nature Brand and technically it’s super berry mix or something, but you can find it on Amazon, too. They also make amazing unsweetened dried bananas, too. Pick up a bag of each and I promise I’ll make and photograph a recipe with them… because I’ve made it twice but devoured it before photographing it.

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So many antioxidants, so little time.

Starting over in an apartment with absolutely nothing except some clothes is so exhausting. The past 5 days have been shopping, shopping, shopping, but not for fun things like clothes and shoes but instead for exhausting things like dishes and towels and restocking my entire kitchen. Luckily, I did have a little break and hung out with Gina and Kay, both of who I am so excited to see more of, but more on that later in the week.

Anyway, so make these guys. They are gluten free, vegan, paleo, whatever. If you haven’t tired of energy bites, check out my other energy bite recipes, like chocolate coconut pistachio and vanilla fig.

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Antioxidant Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 24 1" balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup dates, soaked
  • ½ cup antioxidant mix
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Pinch pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pour out water and place dates in food processor.
  3. Add all other ingredients to food processor.
  4. Process until a ball begins to form. You may have to scrape down sides a few times.
  5. Place mixture in a bowl and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Once mixture has cooled, roll into 1" balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 48 Fat: 2.9 g Saturated fat: 0.6 g Carbohydrates: 5.4 g Sugar: 3.0 g Sodium: 3 mg Fiber: 0.6 g Protein: 1.1 g

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Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

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I ran my first 20-miler this weekend. Don’t worry, it borders on as awful as it sounds. No, it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t the most pleasant thing I’ve ever put my body through and surprisingly, miles 14.5-18 were the worst. I was actually most nervous about miles 18-20 because people say that’s usually when you just mentally and physically lose it.

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20 miler fuel.

I got lost heading to the Steel City Road Runners group run, so instead I parked my car and decided I would just run. I had 20 miles to cover and if worst came to worst, I had my phone, some cash and a credit card so I could call someone to pick me up or take an Uber to get my car.

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How cool is my turtle dish?

I saw a lot of the city just running around. With things that are transpiring in my life, it was kind of special to me to see parts of the city I don’t usually see. No, don’t worry, I’m not falling in love with Pittsburgh or anything, but up in the Mexican War Streets it’s easy to forget you’re not in Boston or Brooklyn when you’re in Lawerenceville.

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Savor the last little bit of summer with these chocolate cherry hazelnut bites.

Since I was heading to the WVU-Oklahoma game that evening, I wanted to make sure I was actually being responsible and drinking enough water and eating enough fuel. I took four of these energy bites with me and had one at mile 5, 10, 14 and 17. I still felt wrecked because I had ran 20 miles, but I think they helped me not want to just completely give up and that my muscles were fueled properly enough to still be able to wear heels that day.

I’ve decided I’m all about the plant-protein based protein powder these days. I had some Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder when I was making these and decided that it would be a way better addition then plain cacao or cocoa powder. I was right. I’m still up in the air about which protein powder I love best – this or Vega – but whenever you’re using it as much as me, there’s room for both, right?

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Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites

Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ scoop Manitoba Pro 70 Chocolate Protein Powder
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pour out water and place dates in food processor.
  3. Add all other ingredients to food processor.
  4. Process until a ball begins to form. You may have to scrape down sides a few times.
  5. Place mixture in a bowl and put in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Once mixture has cooled, roll into 1" balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 73 Fat: 1.8 g Carbohydrates: 14.7 g Sugar: 10.2 g Sodium: 36 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Protein: 1.6 g

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

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I’m actually snacking on one of these Vanilla Fig Energy Bites as I type out this post. I woke up way too early for a lazy Sunday due to complete panic over the lack of things I wanted to accomplish yesterday but didn’t because my long run completely wiped me and I ended up spending most of the afternoon laying in bed. Maybe we could also contribute my exhaustion to the fact that I flew across the country last week and basically only took an extended nap for sleep on Tuesday night.

Anyway, I woke up at 7 a.m. starved (the runger is real) and craving pancakes (same craving that I went to sleep with last night… and had lived with for the past week). I had some Purely Elizabeth Gluten Free Pancake Mix that I had yet to use (I don’t f-with pancake mixes, typically), so I whipped them up with some strawberries and figs. This isn’t about pancakes though, this is about these vanilla fig bites and running.

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites

When I’m making energy bites (aka throwing a bunch of things in the food processor), I usually forget about protein powder. I’m doing this new thing where I’m trying to recover/fuel better from/for running and I know protein is an important part of that. Since I’ve started using the Vega Performance Protein in my smoothies, mixed in yogurt and in energy bites (like these ones!), I have noticed that I am definitely feeling better after workouts… today after a 14-miler yesterday I wasn’t sore at all (but stretching at yoga DID feel amazing… and I foam rolled… but still!).

I’ve been experimenting with a few protein powders because I’m trying to find one that a) keeps me full b) tastes good and c) is super clean (i.e. not full of junk, including fake sugars). The Vega Performance Protein definitely fills all three requirements. I needed a second opinion to be sure, so I gave some to Emily and she told me she liked it as well!

Also, I’m on a fig bender… so expect to see some more fig recipes. I hope you’re ready.

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Fig life.

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Vanilla Fig Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 24
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  1. Put figs, cashews and protein powder in food processor and process until it becomes flour-like.
  2. Add peanut butter and honey and continue processing until a ball forms.
  3. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  4. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 52 Fat: 2.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.4 g Sugar: 5.1 g Sodium: 18 mg Fiber: 1.0 g Protein: 2.1 g

Other recipes to use Vega Performance Protein:

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites

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Another energy bite recipe? I know you’re probably sick of them but guess what? I make a batch every two weeks or so, I can photograph them at any time, and people love energy bites. (Right? You love these, right?)

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Or, alternately, Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites.

I had been thinking abut making oatmeal raisin something for ages now. I needed energy bites as I had eaten my last Chocolate Antioxidant Energy Bite (recipe coming soon) before yoga the day I made these. I was playing around with ingredients and they needed a little more stick. Enter raisins. They have about the same nutritional value as dates, so they don’t really alter anything from my normal recipe.

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These got me out of bed for my run this morning.

The Recipe ReDux challenge for July was using alcohol and vanilla extract technically counts as alcohol. If you’re looking for a cocktail recipe though, you can add vodka to my Mint Arnold Palmer and make it a John Daly. Don’t worry, I won’t tell. Also, is it phoning it in to just use vanilla extract?

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Gluten Free and Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites.

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites
 
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites: gluten free, vegan and raw! Copycat Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Larabar recipe for a fraction of the price.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw
Serves: 18
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dates
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in filtered water for 30 minutes.
  2. Add dates, almonds, oats, and peanut butter to food processor and process until a sticky ball forms.
  3. Add in vanilla and sea salt and pulse a few more times.
  4. Add in raisins and pulse until combined.
  5. Put mixture in fridge for 30 minutes until dough cools and sticks together.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week or freezer up to one month.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 50 Fat: 2.3 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 7.0 g Sugar: 4.6 g Sodium: 26 mg Fiber: 1.0 Protein: 1.3

More energy bite recipes (aka the reverse evolution of my food photograph):

Coconut Energy Bites (too ashamed of my photograph to put it on this post)

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Chocolate Coconut Pistachio Energy Bites

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I’m currently going through a pistachio obsession. I’m throwing them in everything: oatmeal, smoothie bowls, yogurt and my favorite – energy bites. I never really ate pistachios until recently and now I can’t get enough.

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Gettng seedy…

These Chocolate Coconut Pistachio Energy Bites are much like my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites – seedy thanks to the figs, hemp and pistachio. I really need chocolate in basically everything I eat, so of course I added in cacao powder. Oh, and did I mention they are less than 70 calories each? Totally guilt free.

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The perfect pre-workout bite or afternoon treat.

Chocolate Coconut Pistacho Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Gluten Free
Cuisine: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • ¼ cup shelled pistachios
  • 2 tbsp chocolate coconut peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and process until well processed and sticking together
  2. Put mixture into a covered container and chill in refridgerator for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  3. Roll mixture into 1" balls.
  4. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 1" bite Calories: 67 Fat: 3.3 Carbohydrates: 8.9 Sugar: 6.1 Fiber: 1.6 Protein: 1.6

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites lasted less than a week. Honestly, I’m surprised they made it from the food processor to bowl form because I was “taste testing” with a heavy hand.

I’m having trouble finding words for this post. I’m not really emotionally connect to these energy bites, they stemmed from me needing to have something to eat pre-run in the morning or pre-yoga after work but just turned out deliciously. Sometimes I feel like I create recipes out of need – need for vegetables, need to detox, need for a Cinco de Mayo recipe to use for the AEO blog.

Typically I have so many words. I spend my long runs composing blog posts in my head and thinking about my book outline. I think of really funny tweets and things I want to tell my friends. I’m constantly making notes in my phone, sending e-mails to myself and jotting down ideas on whatever paper is around. It feels strange to have writer’s block.

I’m not in the mood to create recipes, I don’t want to think about what to eat – and it’s not like I’m depressed. Quite the opposite: I’m happy, everything in life is going well, so maybe I’m mentally checking out and enjoying the feeling? Not so sure.

Anyway, there’s the standard super foods in these guys (chia seeds and hemp seeds) and you can easily make them vegan by subbing agave for the honey.

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A little seedy…

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ cup dried figs
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp carob chips
  • 1 tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients except for carob chips in food processor and process until a ball begins to form.
  2. Put ball in fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes up to overnight.
  3. Roll mixture into 1" balls.
  4. Store in fridge for up to a week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1" Bite Calories: 60 Fat: 2.8 Carbohydrates: 8.2 Sugar: 6.8 Sodium: 22 Fiber: 1.6 Protein: 1.9

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What I Ate Wednesday: Blogger Recipe Round-Up

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I decided last weekend that I was actually going to make some of the recipes that I had been pinning. I’m really great at pinning every recipe from every blog ever (not really exaggerating) and never making them because I eat the same exact things – oatmeal with nut butter, fruit & yogurt, salad with some sort of protein, then probably a turkey sandwich on a brown rice wrap for dinner, or whatever random things I throw in a bowl. This isn’t what I ate on a particular day, but a mixture of things I ate last week. Also I’m terrible at taking pictures of my meals, so please enjoy the good food photography bloggers hopefully don’t mind me borrowing. The only photos that are mine are the terrible iPhone photos. Balsamic Chicken Salad with Figs, Portobellos & Candied Pecans by The Healthy Maven

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Picture from thehealthymaven.com.

Confession: I was too lazy to make candied pecans, so I just used raw pecans. I’m sorry, Davida. I know it would be so much more with the pecs. I also couldn’t find fresh figs in Pittsburgh, so I used a dried fig. This salad was amazing, though. I definitely could not wait for lunch on Monday morning! Foil-Pouch Sweet Potato Noodle Fajitas by Inspiralized

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Photo from Inspiralized.com

I went on an intense spiralizing kick last Sunday. More or less, if something stood still and was able to be spiralized, it was spiralized. I had been craving fajitas but also I’m not into corn tortillas unless fish tacos are involved and obviously can’t have flour tortillas. These were so simple to make and SO tasty. The sweet potato was really unexpected. It was great to come home, throw some in a bowl, top with a little avocado and have dinner. Smashed White Bean and Kale Quesadillas with Creamy BBQ Dip by Running to the Kitchen

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This photo does not do it justice.

I had no idea that BBQ sauce was involved in this recipe, so as I actually read it to make it, it was a pleasant surprise. This also came together in 15 minutes, which made it a perfect weeknight dinner since I typically have the three main ingredients (kale/spinach, white beans, cheese) on hand. Chocolate Almond Fig Bites by The Almond Eater

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A pre-yoga Chocolate Almond Fig Bite while checking out the redesign of my blog. Please excuse my chipped nail.

I had wanted to make these since Erin posted them on Valentine’s Day. On Friday evening, I realized I didn’t have any energy bites or Larabars for my long run. I luckily had dried figs thanks to Davida’s salad, so I quickly whipped these up (sans M&Ms) and had to stop myself from eating them straight from the food processor.

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