Almond butter protein bites

These delicious nut butter bites are great as a pre or post workout snack or are fun to serve as a sweet vegan treat at a party too.  They are really easy to make – the only thing you will need is chocolate molds (I got these on Amazon and love the variety of shapes, particularly the hearts and the circles and rectangles embedded with swirly designs).  They should take no longer than 10 minutes to make and will set in the freezer and be ready to eat in about 1 hour.  Note you do need to keep them in the freezer and serve immediately when taking out since the coco oil and nut butter combo make these prone to melting, especially in high heat.  You’ll get protein from the nut butter, healthy fat from the coco oil, and an energy boost and aphrodisiac kick from the maca 🙂

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup of nut butter of your choice (I did 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup almond butter)
2. 1/2 cup coconut oil 
3. 1/4 cup maple syrup (you can probably substitute agave syrup as well)
4. 1 tbsp maca powder 
5. 1 tbsp cinnamon
6. Generous sprinklings of sea salt for that great sweet & salty balance 
Optional: If you like extra crunch, consider using crunchy nut butters and/or stirring in some cacao nibs.
Directions:
Put all ingredients in a small saucepan and mix over low heat for about 2 minutes.  Taste it (it’s absolutely delicious warm too), and if you’ve reached the right balance of sweet, salty, nutty and creamy, turn off heat and pour into chocolate molds.  Note you might need to first pour into something with a spout to get more precise pours into chocolate molds so it doesn’t spill beyond mold shapes.  Once molds are fill, set in freezer and they will be ready after about one hour.  Store in freezer in airtight container.  Serve immediately after removing from freezer to prevent melting.  Enjoy!!!

Granola coated Maple Peanut Butter Bites

If you want a sweet afternoon treat (perfect with coffee for all you afternoon coffee drinkers out there), this four ingredient recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and can be consumed immediately or frozen for a few minutes for more solid texture.

Ingredients:
1. 3/4 cup peanut butter (I used salted crunchy.  If you don’t use salted, you’ll want to add some sea salt)
2. 1/2 cup maple syrup
3. 1/3 cup coconut oil
4. 1/2 cup granola (you can find a few different granola recipes on this site or use store bought)

Directions:
1. Add peanut butter, maple syrup, and coconut oil to medium bowl.  Mix well until coconut oil chunks are fully dissolved (assuming coconut oil isn’t already liquified).
2. On a plate spread out some granola that you will dip the mixture into to coat.
3. Scoop out quarter diameter sized balls and using your hands shape them into small balls before rolling into granola mixture until fully coated.
4. Once complete you can eat immediately (will be gooey) or you can place in freezer for about 10 minutes and they will set for more solid texture (I prefer the latter).  Keep remaining stored in freezer and take out when you want a tasty treat! They should keep well for a week.

Mint choco-coco bars

This is an incredible mostly raw vegan holiday treat – crunchy, chocolaty goodness!

Ingredients:
1. Almond flour- 2 cups
2. Cocoa powder- 2 cups
3. Coconut  OR maple sugar- 1/2 cup
4. 1/2 tsp sea salt
5. 1/2 cup coco oil, warmed to liquify
6. 1 tbsp peppermint extract
7. 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1. In a bowl, combine ingredients #1-4
2. In a separate small bowl, mix coco oil and extracts
3. Add the wet mixture to the dry bowl and stir well
4. Press dough on parchment lined pan and put in freezer to chill
5. Once firm, cut into slices and store in a container – keep in freezer or fridge. I reco freezer b/c it stays really crunchy.

This recipe was inspired by and slightly adapted from Living Raw Food book

Coco bliss balls

I’ve been drinking a lot of young thai coconuts lately and playing around with different recipes where I can use all the luscious raw coconut meat.  These creamy, decadent raw vegan treats are a great protein packed sweet indulgence.

Ingredients: 
1. Fresh coconut meat scooped out of a young thai coconut: ~1 cup or meat from 1 young thai coconut 
2. 2 tbsp almond butter
3. 2 tbsp cashew butter
4. 2 tbsp maple syrup
5. 1 tbsp cinnamon
6. 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
7. Sea salt to taste
8. Optional for added crunchy texture: raw cacao nibs (~1 tbsp) and/or 1 tbsp coffee beans 
Toppings – all optional – play around with what you like – Note dry toppings (e.g. shredded coconut, granola, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds etc.) help grip the gooey blended cream.
1. Shredded coconut: 1/4 cup
2. Seeds of your choice (hemp, sesame, chia, sunflower): 1/4 cup
3. Granola: 1/4 cup
Instructions:
1. Blend ingredients 1-8 until smooth in a blender or food processor
2. On a plate or cutting board, lay out the dry toppings
3. Scoop out the blended cream and immediately put in dry toppings – shape into balls (or other shapes if you like!)
4. Put in freezer for 20 minutes to set
5. Enjoy!!! Warning – these can induce spikes of very positive energy and even giddyness!