Raw Carrot Cake Bites

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When I workout early in the morning, I find it very difficult to eat beforehand. I am one of those people however that need food for fuel; especially when I go spinning. I can last for the first 20 minutes but then I progressively feel myself losing momentum and all I can think about is what I am going to make for breakfast. People often ask me what they should eat before a workout because certain foods can leave them feeling sluggish or bloated. These portion controlled bites are filled with the perfect balance of carbs, protein and healthy fats to fuel your workout. Because of their size, you can still have a full breakfast afterwords without the guilt of having two breakfasts. Their high fiber content keep you full and help keep you regular (yay)!

The amazing part about these is that they require you to throw some ingredients in a food processor without any baking at all. They are a perfect on-the-go snack that feel like a special treat. I store mine in the freezer for a cold and fudgy texture. The chia seeds give a good crunch on the outside plus some added omega 3 fatty acids! I have already made a second batch this week. Zach says that these are my best creation to date. Let me know what you all think! As always these are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free and this time, they are raw and vegan! Have a great weekend everyone, bon appetit.
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Makes 20 Balls

Ingredients:

• 1.5 cup of packed medjool dates
• 1 tbsp almond butter
• 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch of pink Himalayan salt
• ½ cup sultana raisins
• ½ – ¾ cup walnuts
• juice of ½ meyer lemon (regular lemon will work fine too)
• 3 tbsp ground flax seed
• 1 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 large carrot grated
• 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
• 1/4 cup chia seeds

Directions:

1. Soak dates in boiling water for 10-15 minutes or until really soft. This is only necessary if your dates are very hard. The point of soaking them is to easily remove the pit. If your dates are soft, you can skip this step!

2. In your food processor, pulse walnuts until crumbly. You don’t want the pieces too large, but also not too fine. The point is to add texture and crunch! Remove walnuts and set aside for later.

3. To process your carrot, you can do so by hand with a box grater, or you can pulse the carrot in your food processor. Set aside.

4. Add your pitted dates to your clean food processor and pulse until a smooth paste forms.

5. Add almond butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, lemon juice, flax seeds, maple syrup and salt. Blend until well combined.

6. Add your walnuts, carrots and raisins and pulse just until combined. I like some texture in the bites so I only pulse a few times. For a smoother consistency, blend for longer.

7. Place mixture in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. This well help you roll them into balls with ease. Otherwise, the mixture will be too sticky.

8. Pour chia and coconut into two medium sized bowls. Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out mixture and roll between your hands to make a ball. Then dip the ball into desired coating and roll until fully coated. Continue until the mixture is finished.

9. Place bites into an airtight container and keep them stored in the freezer! They will not freeze, but have an amazing fudgy texture! Enjoy!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip ‘Macaroons’

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No these aren’t really macaroons, but I had trouble coming up with a name for these babies. Are they cookies? Clusters? Balls? All sounded a bit off. They do have almonds and coconut so, why not put a twist on a macaroon. Don’t get confused with the Laduree macaron (mack-ah-rohn) you get in paris. These are a play on the  mack-ah-roon you most likely have tried at a passover dinner or at one of your g-free friends get togethers.

These clusters were created months ago while watching a pretty intense Montreal Canadians hockey game. For those of you reading who live outside of Canada, hockey is pretty much a religion here. We take it very seriously. There were lots of dudes and their ladies that were craving something sweet. I pretty much need no excuse to bake, so I went to to my mans (Zach) kitchen to see what he had in his pantry. I had been making him granola weekly at this point so I figured something had to work!  I pulled out oats, almond flour (that was there from cauliflower pizza making), chocolate chips, coconut, coconut oil vanilla, maple syrup and got started. I basically used my best baking judgement of the amounts I needed and mashed it in a bowl, formed it into balls and put it in the oven. What we were left with was a pretty amazing cluster of goodness that we polished off that night.

So ladies, if you are trying to get your significant other or male friend to eat a little healthier, I suggest you start with these. All the boys couldn’t get over how it was even possible that these cookies were good for you. One of Zach’s friends even called me the next day to personally tell me how good they were. He said, “why have I been eating unhealthy cookies all this time when I can just eat these?” Music to my fucking ears.

So these macaroons, cookies, clusters whatever you want to call them, are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. They are packed with fiber, healthy fats, good carbs and are a really good snack to get your energy up after a long day or before a workout. The best part is that they are so easy to put together. One bowl, barely a mess (yay no flour), and bake in half an hour. Enjoy!
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Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp coconut oil + extra for greasing
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla exract
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 cup almond flour
• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
• 2 and 1/2 cups large flake gluten free oats (not the quick cooking kind)
• 1/3 cup 70% cacao chocolate chips or 70% cacao chocolate bar chopped finely
• good pinch sea or pink himalayan salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet parchment paper and grease with coconut oil.In a pan or microwave safe bowl, melt 3 tbsp coconut oil.Transfer coconut oil into a large bowl and allow to cool.
2. To the coconut oil whisk in eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla.
3. Then add in cinnamon, salt, chocolate chips, almond flour and coconut. Stir until combined.
4. Add your oats one cup at a time and stir. If you find the batter is getting too dry then leave out 1/2 cup of oats.
5. Form palm sized balls (about 2-3 tbsp). Squeeze tightly so that the liquid inside the oats releases and allows them to stick together.
6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden. After 15 minutes, turn the pan so they bake evenly.
7. EAT AND ENJOY <3
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One of my many taste testers, Kat, giving her approval.

One of my many taste testers, Kat, giving her approval.