So, how was your Valentine’s Day?
You know, that day where you force your man (or woman) to buy you a card and flowers in the name of love?
Of course I’m being facetious. Dave and I didn’t celebrate in the traditional sense, but there was a meal shared, chocolates, flowers and cards.
The meal we shared was at the cafe I work at; I in my messy work clothes after making food all day and Dave in his car-fixing gear.
The chocolates involved were from me to Dave in a Star Wars tin. I’m fairly confident Dave knew I had enough chocolate in my chocolate drawer.
The flowers were not red roses, but actually flowers I love: carnations. I adore the colors and how fluffy they are PLUS they don’t die after two days. Dave knows me too well and got me a ginormous bunch of pink ones.
The cards exchanged both had baby animals on them.
After our romantic dinner and gift exchange, we watched a couple of episodes of Impractical Jokers, almost died of laughter and ended the evening in separate rooms. I waited for my cold medicine to kick in (did I mention I came down with a crappy cold? yeah colds stink) while watching The Walking Dead and Dave retired to the bedroom to watch Gilmore Girls. Seriously.
I know you are all jealous. (See this post for more confessions slash reasons why I am a little nutty.)
While you may not be able to replicate the utterly romantic evening we spent together, you can recreate the delicious power bites I made for Valentine’s Day.
These were born out of a lack of eggs and laziness. I was planning on having another try at breakfast cookie experimentation when I realized I was out of eggs. In came the chia gel substitution.
- 1 TBS chia seeds
- 3 TBS water
- Mix chia seeds and water together in a bowl.
- Leave a few minutes.
- It should form a gel that you can use in place of eggs when baking as a binder.
- Do not attempt to save chia gel...it will grow things. Remember those chia pets?
With power bites, you basically get to eat semi-healthy cookie dough. Cookie dough without raw eggs that will supposedly kill you (okay yes, salmonella, kids, don’t eat raw eggs! adults…weigh the benefit with the risk…or make these balls!) They are useful as a pre or post-workout meal as well as a yummy treat.
- 1/4 cup sugar (I probably used a heaping cup but I am a sugar addict)
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (or another nut butter..I used my BFF Jif)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour (put 1/2 cup gluten free oats in a food processor and grind until consistency of flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder (not necessary but does add some cookie dough flavor)
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 serving of Chia Gel
- 1/4 cup M+Ms
- Combine peanut butter, sugar, almond extract and chia gel.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients except for M+Ms.
- Add to wet ingredients. Then throw in your chocolate bits of choice.
- Put the whole thing in the fridge for a bit if it is too sticky to roll into balls (1 hour should do the trick).
- Roll into 12-15 balls. (Optional: roll in cinnamon sugar for extra yum)
- Try not to eat the all at once.
- We stored our bites in the fridge..but that's not necessary unless your nut butter needs to be stored there!
- Another note: one of the pictures says "vegan" but it is only vegan if you sub the m+ms for vegan chocolate. I was thinking no eggs, butter or milk...didn't think about the chocolate!
For another pre-workout option..check out yesterday’s giveaway post of ENERGYbits!
I would also like to give Dave and myself a little Valentine’s credit since we actually didn’t intend to celebrate until March 1st watching The Little Mermaid musical at a twin cities dinner theatre! (Dangit that still doesn’t sound romantic does it…oh well. The love is there and that’s all that matters, right? 😉 )
Would you call these things balls or bites? I mean it got a good rise out of the Instagram crowd (#balls), but what if your mom, dad and boyfriend’s mom all read your blog…? (#awkward)
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