1/2 cup of hemp hearts
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup walnuts
3 teaspoons water
extra cacao powder for rolling
No you didn't read that wrong.. Yes these are TOTALLY HEALTHY. I have a crazy sweet tooth, especially for chocolate. And these guys get me through the cravings. They are moist, they are fudge like, they are ooey gooey.. and you won't believe they are healthy. Not only are they HEALTHY, they are PACKED with protein! One little bite alone has 4 grams... and trust me. You won't be eating just one. Here we go.
This recipe starts with 10 large, dried, pitted, Medjool dates. If you haven't played around with dates before, don't be scared. They are super sweet, they are chewy and sticky.. They are going to give these little brownie bites their incredible texture.
.. and of course.. They wouldn't be Brownie Bites without Cacao powder! I use raw, unsweetened, organic Cacao Powder. Navitas is my favorite brand. Cacao powder is rich in Antioxidants, Magnesium, and Iron.
Next, we are going to bring another Superfood to the party. Hemp Seed Hearts.. are an awesome substitution for flour. They are easily broken down in the food processor, and they have an extremely mild taste. They are also rich in essential fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6.
So we're going to put the dates, cacao powder, hemp heart seeds, and 2 teaspoons of water into the food processor.
and pulse... pulse... pulse some more.
Until it's crumbly like this. Then we'll add the walnuts to the party. You could also use Pecans or Macadamia Nuts.
Then we add in the final teaspoon of water and pulse some more until a large dough-like ball forms.
Then it's time to break it into 9 or 10 small pieces.. and roll them into small balls with your hands.
And the final step... is to roll them around in some extra cacao powder. This is optional.. But it reminds me of french truffles.. Plus the bitterness of the powder balances out the sweetness of the bites just perfectly.
They are so moist... so chewy. I just love these little guys..
... you know who else loves them?
Yup. You guessed it.
As always, they are Kid tested....
... and Kid approved.
10 dried pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup of hemp hearts
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 cup walnuts
3 teaspoons water
extra cacao powder for rolling
Put dates, hemp hearts, cacao powder, and 2 teaspoon of water into the food processor and pulse until crumbly. Add the nuts and final teaspoon of water. Pulse until a large dough-like ball forms. Dump onto counter. Separate into 9 or 10 small sections and roll into balls. dust a small plate with extra cacao powder. Roll each ball in a circular motion on the plate until evenly covered. Serve immediately or chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
So we were totally stoked about all of the rainy weather we had this weekend and decided to make our way to the Pumpkin Patch. NOTHING gets me in the mood for fall activities like the rain.
So we layered up and hit the road.
So of course the kids just wanted to play with the non-pumpkin-patchy things..
I mean who wouldn't want to jump around in a giant tub of corn kernels?
Alas.. we left with what we needed. A couple of toddler sized pumpkins.
.... Time to get crazy.
a little bit of my favorite spray paint...
... absolutely no "carving" necessary.
A little bit of this...
And a big grab bag of buttons from the craft store...
We also made a Jack Skellington. To say that D is obsessed with the nightmare before christmas right now would be a giant understatement.
Iit took every ounce of his self control to leave him outside.
and we ended our long day with some bowls of warm stew and some big fluffy rolls.
Happy Monday my beautiful readers! Today I wanted to share a list that I put together for you. When I first started to write this, the title was "10 things you don't know about me", and as I started to think of ideas, I realized that they were all things that had not always been... Me. In the last few years, I had changed in more ways than I had realized. It's kind of crazy. So, I thought that some of you might be able to relate! Enjoy! :)
1. I have expensive taste but I love to bargain shop
I am really proud of this one. When I was a little younger I used to think my bank account was bottomless. Now that I'm in my mid-twenties, I like to think I've gotten a little bit wiser. I am more mindful of impulse purchases and I hardly ever buy anything full price. Unless it is reasonable or I absolutely can't live without it, I wait until it goes on sale or I can find a coupon/coupon code. Groupon is also a really great resource. Other ways I like to save money are paying attention to my favorite stores' sale schedule, buying in bulk, frequenting farmer's markets, stopping for garage sales, shopping at second hand/thrift stores, flea markets, and using local buy/trade sites! When I was younger I always wanted the newest, most expensive items for myself and my home.. But the older I get, the more I realize how true the old saying is, "One man's garbage is another man's treasure."
2. I like to glam it up but I love my sweatpants way more
I used to feel an unnecessary pressure to look my absolute best at all times. I still like to take pride in my appearance, but a lot has changed. The occasional dinner date with my babe or a fun family outing will prompt me to throw on some heels and a good lipstick, but on average, I like to keep it casual. Flowy, yummy fabrics, with natural makeup, soft hair, and shoes that don't make my feet feel like they are going to fall off.. That, is my idea of perfection. Comfort is everything to me because I am a true homebody at heart. I love old T shirts, broken in jeans, and unique pieces of jewelry. I also live in yoga pants.
3. My babies are my world now, but I was never thought of myself as a "kid person"
I used to cringe at the sight of a baby in the same restaurant as me. In my younger days, I always thought I would be the girl who would never, ever have her own kids. I thought of myself as more of a future cool aunt.. To teenagers or young adults one day. But I never connected with other people's children. I never knew how to hold other people's babies. I couldn't EVER imagine changing a diaper. Until the day I became a mother. Something profound happened to me. My heart softened and I began to realize that I was born to do this. Everyday my two children teach me gratitude, selflessness, patience, and joy. Sharing my life with my littles is the greatest gift I could have ever imagined for myself. The best, most rewarding things in my life have come from places that were nowhere near my comfort zone, that's for sure.
4. I go out of my way to be nice
This one is huge. I make a point to be polite, gracious, and warm with every person I come into contact with, especially when I am a customer. I cringe when I oversee or hear someone being rude to someone working in customer service. It is so easy to focus on yourself and whatever issue you are having, but everyone deserves to be treated kindly. I have had several customer service jobs myself, and whenever a customer was rude to me, it made it difficult to enjoy my job or even my day. I like to imagine that everyone has the best intentions and act accordingly. I also take my job as a role model for my children very seriously. They are learning from me and my actions every minute of everyday so keeping my cool is really important!
5. I don't watch cable TV and I don't read (or buy) gossip magazines anymore
I try to fill my time and my mind with an abundance of positive information. Watching cable TV or reading gossip magazines tends to get in the way of that. I can't believe I used to spend my hard earned dollars on those magazines! I used to feel like I had to stay in the loop with every single current event. While it's important to be educated on important, relevant topics, the media tends to distort and blow insignificant facts out of proportion. In my mind, there is a limited amount of time I have each day I accomplish my goals, so I try to devote my time and energy to that. Everything else just falls by the wayside.
6. I take pride in living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of my body
As a teenager, I remember feeling invincible at times. No amount of alcohol, junk food, cigarettes, or lack of sleep could slow me down. And it was true, for a while. But as time goes on, I have learned a lot more about nutrition, fitness, and living a healthy lifestyle. I enjoy having energy, being fit, and teaching my kids how to do the same. We only get one body.. And one day I just woke up and realized I better start treating mine as such. Instead of seeing this as a chore, I take pride in my body. Because the more I take care of it, the more I get out of it.
7. I enjoy having a clean home
Keeping my home clean wasn't always something I took very seriously. I mean, sure we all love to come home to a sparkly clean house, but it is easily taken for granted. Since I've gotten older, i see the importance of maintaining a clean and organized living space. Our family is able to enjoy it much more, we are able to find items when we need them, and I don't have to scramble before having company. All in all, a clean home provides a much less stressful environment, and allows us to focus on more important things, like having fun!
8. I value my alone time.
I always thought being surrounded by friends and being bombarded with text messages was a normal way of life. A life I wanted at one point. But as I'm getting older, my circle gets smaller and smaller, and I look forward to having quiet, alone time with a warm cup of tea and a good book. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the bustle of everyday life, but when I take small chunks of time to relax and be by myself, I find that I am much calmer (and patient too.)
9. I don't speed while driving anymore. Like, ever.
That's right. I NEVER exceed the speed limit. Most car accidents are the result of excess speed and the older I get, the less risks I like. When I got my first car, I remember feeling so free and speeding every chance I could. But the reality is, it isn't worth it. Even if I am running late, it's not worth risking my life or my family's life to speed.
10. I am who I am and I don't apologize for it.
When you're young is it so easy to feel like you need to conform, to look or act a certain way. But as the years go by, I find myself caring less and less, about what other people think bout me. I put myself out there, without fear of being rejected.. I wear outfits that I like without seeking approval of others first. I work to stay as true to myself, every single day, as I can.
I told you guys I am pretty much obsessed with winter squash right now. So today I really want to share a family favorite that has been on repeat ever since we had to turn on our heater for the first time this month. With a hint of sage, this soup is the epitome of everything I love about holiday season food. It's creamy, it's dreamy.. and it has absolutely zero dairy products in it. here we go.
Enlist some help. Butternut squash are heavy.
Slice in half. Brush with olive oil if you wish. Throw into the oven for two hours. Knit a scarf.
When you have about 20-30 minutes left on the timer, dice up one granny smith apple and one white onion. It doesn't have to be pretty, it will all end up blended in the end.
Brown in a skillet over medium heat.
Sprinkle in some fresh sage. Cook for another 4-5 minutes. Turn off the heat.
After removing the squash from the oven,
Spoon out the insides (excluding the seeds) and put into a large pot, along with the onion mixture.
Pour in some stock.
Blend baby, blend.
Turn the heat back on, medium-low this time.
Pour in your frozen corn. Keep on the burner for 5-10 minutes until corn is heated all the way through.
Ladle into a good sized bowl.
Grab some chives.
Chop chop chop.
Some sour cream (optional), I like this vegan Tofutti "better than sour cream." It gets the job done.
And enjoy! xoxo
List of Ingredients:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Slice both of your squash in half. Lay with the insides facing up on a foil lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil. Bake for 2 hours.
With 20-30 minutes left on the timer, saute diced onion and apple together in a skillet over medium heat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. When they become translucent, add fresh sage. Continue to cook for 5 minutes. Turn off heat. Remove the squash from the oven. Spoon the insides into a large pot. Add onion mixture. Pour in your stock, and use an immersion blender to combine. (You could also pour into a high powered blender, and then return to the pot.) Turn the burner back on, to medium-low this time. Add frozen corn. Continue to cook for 5-7 minutes, until corn is heated all the way through. Ladle into bowls and top with chives and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy.
Hey guys! So today I wanted to answer a few questions to help you get to know me a little better! I chose this dorky picture of me because I feel that it represents my personality pretty well. I'm pretty cool you guys.