Chunky Monkey Energy Bites

Remember when I teased these bites in my vacation eats recap oh, like, a month ago? Yeah, neither do I.

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I do remember eating them, though, because they are stinkin’ delicious, especially if you love the peanut butter and banana combo. They got me through rounds of hiking, and I made them again this week to get me through rounds of phone calls at work (almost the same thing). And I’m not just calling them “chunky” monkeys because I’m using bananas and peanut butter… there really are some nuts in there for some crunchy texture! Bites don’t have to be boring.

Also can we talk for a moment about the term ‘chunky monkey’? Who the f coined that? Didn’t they realize that monkeys everywhere might be offended? There could be serious repercussions. Ever seen Planet of the Apes?

Actually, I haven’t seen Planet of the Apes. Any of the installments. I don’t even know what they’re about. Maybe a bunch of monkeys going nuts because they ate these delicious bites? So they’re really not mad that we called them chunky. You’re beautiful monkeys! Believe me.

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Chunky Monkey Energy Bites

Makes 15 bites

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, ripe
  • 4 large dates (make sure they’re soft, soak in water for a few hours if not)
  • 1/4 c. ground flax seeds
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 c. oats
  • 1/4 c. chia seeds
  • 1/2 c. peanuts

Directions

  1. In a food processor, pulse bananas, dates and flax until smooth.
  2. Add peanut butter and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Add oats and chia seeds, blending until the mixture starts to stay together.
  4. Add peanuts, pulsing just a few times. The mix should be rolling into a ball at this point.
  5. Roll into 1″ balls. Store in fridge.

 

Questions of the Day:
>> Have you seen Planet of the Apes? Am I un-American for not?
>> Should I have called these “Elvis Bites?” Or does that sound mean, too?
>> How was your labor day!? I had cake, so mine was good.

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Nutty For… [8.29]

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This week was busy, no if’s, and’s or but’s. I was hardly at my house except to sleep or (maybe) eat, and I definitely had no time to blog. Which sucks, because I had all these grand plans for some posts, too. Ah, well. That’s what happens when you start a new job and are still working your other part-timer and half of that staff quits. But that’s a story for another day.

Thankfully, I have a little bit of breathing room right this minute, so I’m churning out a Nutty For post! I didn’t bookmark tons of things this week for nothin’.

Nutty For… Imperfections
I pick at the skin around my nails (gross, I know). I trip almost once a day. My spine is curved. I still pinch my stomach each morning out of a bad habit ingrained in me from years ago. No one is perfect, but I’m okay with that.

Nutty for… Beer
One of Cassie’s friends, Emily, started a blog about a week ago. This week, she had a great post about brewery visit tips. I’ve only done one beer tasting before at a brewery in Athens, OH, so I definitely need some pointers from a more seasoned source like Emily.

Nutty for… Flowing Locks
I will literally try anything and everything to get my hair to grow longer. Back in the day, I had suuuper long locks, and I’m dying to get them back. Maybe I should use this argan oil mixture?

Nutty for… More flowing locks??
Annnnnd if we’re on the topic of hair, here’s how to get the perfect tousled look. Trying it as soon as I buy an alligator hair clip.

Nutty for… Instagram
Do you ever get IG envy? I do pretty much every day. Seriously. It’s embarrassing. I’ve tried and tried to take just the right photo too many times to count – you know, when you arrange and rearrange the setting, move to different lighting, etc. Oh, wait. Am I the only one who does that? Well, guys, the the struggle is over.

Nutty for… INJF
Have you ever taken a personality test? Apparently, I’m an INJF. Thought Catalog had a random post describing INJF’s, and strangely, it was really spot on for me (i.e. I have a classic case of RBF – aka resting bitch face – but actually love to listen to people and get to know them, behind the shield I put up).

Nutty for… Food
The Healthiest Pina Colada
Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
Coconut Rice Balls
Spinach and Tomato Bulgar Salad
Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
Peachy Pineapple Kale Smoothie
Vanilla Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Frosting (ps HAPPY [belated] BIRTHDAY to this babe.)

Read up!… enjoy the three day weekend!

Questions of the Day:
>> Long or short hair?
>> Are you as nutty about Instagram photos as I am?
>> Tell me something imperfect about yourself!

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Recent Eats [8.26.14]

I haven’t done a recent eats post for a solid month! I can promise you that I still ate a lot of the same stand-by foods [i.e. oats, avocado toast, chicken salads, etc.]. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, amiright?

Regardless, I’m here to share with you some of the food that’s been making me happy and full.

I’ve been trying to sneak more meatless meals onto my family’s dinner plates as of late. One of the meals we enjoyed was Oh She Glows three bean salad. We had baked potatoes on the side.

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I made an AMAZING bowl of chocolate zucchini oats recently. It then appeared in at least one or two breakfasts per week for the last few weeks. All I did was add two tbsp. of dark chocolate cocoa powder to my oats. The coconut on top (and the fruit) balanced out the hint of bitterness of the chocolate… which I liked anyway, since I love dark chocolate.

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My brother is a bit of a picky eater, so sometimes I try to keep things simple for him (important: sometimes). I knew that he would love Lexi’s zesty chicken bites, and he definitely did. In fact, I put the seasoning on chicken legs for him recently, too.

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One morning I made my own cereal. I’d run out of slivered almonds, which I usually use, so I decided to use sunflower seeds instead. It was a good sub!

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This is an example of a time that a pizza crust simultaneously failed but also succeeded. My dad and I were home alone one night, so I made us some pizza (his with pepperoni). I wanted to grill the pizza, but as soon as I put it on the grill it totally broke apart. I made the crust with oat flour, so that’s probably why. I decided to bake it, we ate it with forks, and all was well.

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After yoga and before work one morning, I nommed on peach overnight oats topped with almond butter. Peaches and AB are a great combo unless you think you have salmonella tainted almond butter.

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I went out to Shady Grove with friends one evening, and look! No salad! We were going to have drinks afterward, and I felt like that wouldn’t be a fabulous combo. I opted for a veggie wrap. It was great! The fries tasted pretty good, too. ;)

 

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Chipotle!!! I had this twice last week because it’s been a crazy month at my part-time job. I also felt lazy and not like making dinner. Hence: this huge bowl of salsa and gauc.

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This smoothie was one of the most satisfying breakfasts I’ve made for myself in a while. I haven’t had a chance to make smoothies too often this summer because I haven’t wanted to wake my family, even on weekdays, so I jumped at the chance to make this one twice in a row. It’s so simple: coconut water, almond milk, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, chia seeds, spinach, almond butter and ice. I topped it with Cascadian Farms Honey Nut O’s.

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Getting chocolate chip pancakes with my brother at a local joint is one of my favorite things to do. Now we’re limited to weekends, since he’s starting up school. It’s weird this year since it won’t be the one time per few months that I really get to see him – I’m not going anywhere this fall! (Oh, and on that note, yes I’m sad I’m not at OU right now.)

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THIS SALAD. It’s everything. I know it looks a lot like the powerhouse salad I made,

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This past weekend, I hung out with Cassie all Saturday. We got manis and pedis, walked around Pittsburgh, and eventually ended up at Il Pizzaiolo, which I’ve been dying to go to. The waiter explained to us that they make their Neapolitan pizzas in an oven that takes like 90 seconds to cook the food through and has rocks from Mount Vesuvius in it.

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This combo … it’s just a lot of yes. Sam posted about it last week (and a few other times, too), but I actually remembered to make it this past weekend! Oh. my. god. Dippy egg on top of PB&J oats?! She’s a genius.

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My brother, mom and I went to Panera over the weekend before we did a little school shopping. I was hungrier than usual, so I ordered the power chicken hummus bowl and a cup of black bean soup

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Questions of the Day:
>> What do you usually order at Panera?
>> Ever tried an egg ON oats? I’ve had them in, not on, until now!
>> Fave thing you’ve eaten recently!

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