Matcha Hemp Energy Bites

Energy bites are the cutest little breakfast or snack on the go! Including energy-boosting ingredients make Matcha Hemp Energy Bites fuel for your fire!

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If you follow me on social media, or read my last What I Ate Wednesday post, you may remember that I eliminated coffee from my diet last week. This is not a permanent change, but rather helped me gauge how the coffee made me feel. I definitely noticed a difference in my stomach discomfort and energy levels throughout the day. I’ll drink coffee again. In fact, I had a small cup this weekend. But for now, I’m going to continue trying out some more natural energy sources.

Enter, energy bites. Little nuggets of fuel-providing goodness. You can pack them full of healthy fats like nuts and seeds, natural sugar like dates or honey, and add as many powders and potions as your heart desires. They’re about as perfect as perfect gets, plus, they’re shaped like balls so there’s also that…

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I have another energy bites recipe that I loooove to have on hand for sudden snack attacks! But, alas, it has espresso. This time around, I chose to go with a more natural caffeine source… Matcha. If you’ve never had it before, this green powder is just the ground up version of green tea leaves. By consuming the whole leaf and not just steeping it in water, you get the full antioxidant value. You also get the amino acid L-Theanine, which prevents jitters and has a calming effect.

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Now that we’ve selected our preferred caffeine source (I should mention, you definitely don’t have to add caffeine to energy bites!), it’s time to pack these balls full of healthy fats! For this recipe, I snuck in a whole slew of Omega 3’s and 6’s, as well as a ton of protein, by adding Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds. Yes, you read that right, we’re talking about the seeds of everyone’s favorite mile-high plant. And these babies are definitely going to get you high… on energy! 😉

But seriously, industrial hemp foods contain less that 0.003% THC and will not give you a buzz or cause you to fail a drug test. What they will do is fill you up with all 10 essential amino acids, 10g protein per serving, and an array of other vitamins and nutrients. That’s a lot of plant power!

Manitoba Harvest is arguably the largest name in the hemp hearts industry. They have a full line of products, are committed to quality, and provide the public with robust hemp-ucation through their Hemp Academy. That kind of transparency is exactly why I choose to invest in their products above others. Oh, and they make good shiz!

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Make some Matcha Hemp Energy Bites and get your booty moving!!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8-10 bites

Energy bites are the cutest little breakfast or snack on the go! Including some energy-boosting ingredients make these Matcha Hemp Energy Bites fuel for your fire!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds, plus more for rolling
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbs. coconut butter, or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. matcha powder
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until the mixture is somewhat smooth and clumps together when squeezed.
  2. Roll into 1” balls, then in additional hemp seeds, and chill until firm. Store in the fridge or freezer in an air-tight container.
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I was provided with products to review for this post, but please note that all opinions are my own and I would never share a product I didn’t actually love!

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Today is your LUCKY day! We’ve got cookies! And chocolate! And my favorite grocery store out there! So many good things in one post, I can’t even handle! Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies made exclusively with ingredients from Lucky’s Market are a total home run!

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Guys. This has been the best. weekend. ever. In case you don’t follow me on Instagram (why not?!) or somehow haven’t seen my ten million obnoxious posts gearing up for this weekend, let me fill you in. A few weeks ago Lucky’s Market, a local grocery store, reached out and asked if I would be their first ever Instagram blogger to take over their account for a day. “Who, me?!” It was a very unreal moment for a few reasons…

First of all, I still have a hard time considering myself a “blogger”. I consider myself a data nerd & cat mom with a bad blogging habit. The second reason I was blown away by the unbelievably flattering request is because I’ve loved Lucky’s since before it was cool. There, I said it. I fell in love with Lucky’s while I was in school at Ohio State because it was relatively close and they have great deals on all my favorite products. But that’s not all I love about them…

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How do I love thee, Lucky’s? Let me count the ways…

  • Lucky’s Private Label goods are affordable, free from artificial ingredients, are adorably labeled, AND 10% of sales go back to the community. Good food, made with good ingredients, and does good. What more could you ask for?
  • With hundreds of local vendors to choose from, it’s easy to know that your food is fresh and supports the local economy. From hot sauce to butternut squash to blueberry muffins, the options are truly endless.
  • Every time I leave Lucky’s I find myself smiling from a conversation with the wonderful staff that keep the store running. Everyone is helpful, sweet, and just generally pleasant. You don’t always get that at a grocery store, and I so enjoy the fun interactions.
  • If you know me at all you know I’m cheap as hell all about pinching pennies. With everyday low prices, weekly sales that overlap on Wednesdays, 10% off organic produce on Sundays, and the occasional bulk blowout, I never walk out feeling like I just got punched in the wallet.
  • Lucky’s somehow has achieved the perfect balance of being a health food store without the “holier than thou” attitude. They carry all of my favorite superfood powders, artisanal vegan cheeses, and tough-to-find ethnic products. But they also carry plain old butter, sugar, and flour to whip up grandma’s best cookie recipe. Because this is real life, not a yoga studio.

I could go on and on and on and on and on… But we have cookies to talk about! More specifically, soft oatmeal cookies packed with coconut, walnuts, and monster hunks of salted dark chocolate.

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Lucky’s Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Dark Chocolate is hands-down the best chocolate I’ve ever laid mouth on. This is not a product I discovered while taking over their account. No. This is the stuff I have been buying for over a year and have told all of my friends and family about. I’M OBSESSED. Sorry for yelling… I’m just sofa king in love with this chocolate.

If I thought I loved the silky bars of sweet & salty chocolate before, stuffing them into a cookie took the love to another level. What’s even better is that the cookies have no oil, no refined sugar, and no flour! Oh, and they don’t taste like burnt cardboard.

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Between Lucky’s Private Label products and their fully-stocked bulk section, I was able to get all of the ingredients for these cookies for a ridiculously good price. And with the convenience of only having to hit one store!

Today, I am so full of joy and love. Or maybe that’s the 6 cookies I’ve eaten already… Does it really matter?

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Rich, creamy Salted Dark Chocolate Chunks buried in perfectly sweet and tender cookies are like something from a dream!

Ingredients

    Dry Ingredients:
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp. each baking powder, baking soda, salt
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 4 flax eggs (4 Tbs. ground flax + 2/3 cup warm water)
  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut butter (like my homemade), or coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • Mix Ins:
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped salted dark chocolate (about 1½ bars)
  • Flaky sea salt for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix flax and water to create the flax eggs. Set aside to form a gel for a few minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In the bowl with the flax, add the wet ingredients and mix very well.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, and then fold in the mix-ins. Scoop dough in about 2 tablespoon portions (I use a cookie scoop to ensure consistent sizes) onto the cookie sheet. Using a spatula, lightly press on each cookie to flatten them to about a half inch thick. If using, sprinkle each cookies with a pinch of flaky sea salt.
  4. Bake cookies for 12-15 minutes, rotating them once, until lightly golden brown. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge.
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Homemade Coconut Butter + Infinity Jar Review

A decadent treat, made with a single ingredient in under 5 minutes, Homemade Coconut Butter is a luxury you can totally afford. And when stored in Infinity Jars, you can enjoy the silky goodness for a lifetime!

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Peanut butter and almond butter are like the cool cheerleaders who seem to be having all the fun in the trendy high school spotlight. Everyone loves them, their tan color turns heads, and Instagram is splatted with selfies with them. I feel it’s my responsibility to introduce you to the pale, shy bookworm in the corner with a LOT to offer.

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Coconut butter is the best kept nut butter secret.

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I also think “coconut butter” is confusing. Is it butter? Is it coconut? Is it coconut oil? I went over the different kinds of coconut products a while ago in this post, but to make life easy, a quick analogy: coconut is to coconut butter as peanuts are to peanut butter. One ingredient blended to creamy perfection.

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Step one: acquire coconut. Step two: blend coconut until perfectly smooth. Step three: devour.

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If you’re wondering how you might use up a jar of coconut butter, I could list a million ways, but here are some of my favorites:

  • In these delicious cereal bars (Tessa, I’m OBSESSED!)
  • As the star of a grown up “CB&J
  • Mixed into a spicy curry
  • Cookies make everybody happy
  • Tossed with veggies to be roasted
  • Make your own all natural body scrub
  • Drizzle it on waffles, like genius Addie
  • Give your oatmeal a tropical twist
  • Add a dollop to everything!!

So now that you’ve taken the 7 minutes it take to whip up a fresh jar of coconut butter, how do you keep it fresh? Coconut has a tendency to get rancid very quickly- even more so than other nuts. So it’s important to either eat your coconut butter within a month or two, or keep it fresh another way…

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Allow me to introduce you to your new jar obsession. Readers: Infinity Jars, Infinity Jars: readers. Infinity? Forever, unending, enduring, lasting… As in the quality of whatever you store in these jars.

Infinity Jars are crafted from a pigmented glass that is thicker and stronger than typical glass jars. It is also impermeable by smells and blocks harmful UV light while allowing certain infrared beams. Basically, it’s the best food storage solution for keeping foods fresh for months! The craziest evidence of this is their “tomato test”. They put a cherry tomato in both a traditional jar and their unique glass jars and didn’t peak for 7 months. The results? After 7 months, the tomato in the clear jar was molded and shriveled. The Infinity Jar tomato was red, firm, and juicy. WHAT?!

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While I haven’t had these peculiar glass jars long enough to test them for 7 months, I can tell you that they have a great air-tight seal. Oh, and they are SO cool looking! I wasn’t sure how they’d fit in with my extensive collection of clear glass jars but I’m looking forward to filling my shelves with more of the black beauties.

Coconut butter’s pure white drizzle looks heavenly up against the shelf life-enhancing Infinity Jar so do yourself a favor and snag both ASAP!

Homemade Coconut Butter

Cook Time: 5 minutes

A decadent treat, made with a single ingredient in under 5 minutes, Homemade Coconut Butter is luxury you can afford!

Ingredients

  • 8-16oz. shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  1. Add the shredded coconut to a high-powered blender or food processor- I used my Vitamix. Start processing on low speed and increase until the machine is running at full power. Let the processer run until the mixture is completely smooth. In my Vitamix this takes about 3 minutes, in a food processor it could take 10-15 (seriously!). You may have to stop to scrape down the sides occasionally, I did not. Immediately pour into jar and store at room temperature.
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I was provided with products to review for this post, but please note that all opinions are my own and I would never share a product I didn’t actually love!

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