Hey everyone, so today was a pretty darn exciting day – you may know why already if you follow me on Snapchat :). It was also one of those rushing out the door days when I need something quick to eat/bring with me. (But let’s be honest; this is almost everyday because one of my favorite forms of cardio is running late).
Anyway, that’s where these “Two Tablespoon Energy Balls” come in. Why are they called “Two Tablespoon Energy Balls”? Because 2 Tablespoons is the ONLY measurement you need to remember to make these sweet treats! Plus, you don’t even need to get that food processor out because all ya need is a Tablespoon, a bowl, and a spoon to whip up these babies (And the ingredients of course!).
Also, the ingredients are suuuuuper versatile. Don’t like raisins? Try dried cranberries or chopped dried apricot! (Or chocolate chips if you’re a chocoholic like me. My aunt and I just finished off a bar of dark chocolate mint Theo chocolate while I’m writing this. YUM) Don’t like raw cashews? There’s plenty of yummy nuts and seeds to choose from! Don’t like almond butter? Peanut or sunflower better will work just fine! The only recommendation I have for the nut/seed butter is that it should not be really runny, or the energy balls won’t stick together.
And if you’re vegan, the honey can totally be replaced by brown rice syrup, agave, or maple syrup!
“Two-Tablespoon Energy Balls”
- 2 Tbsp almond butter (I used Justin’s original)
- 2 Tbsp honey or other liquid sweetener
- 2 Tbsp almond flour (I used almond pro)
- 2 Tbsp oats
- 2 Tbsp chopped nuts or seeds
- 2 Tbsp chopped dried fruit
- Opt. pinch of salt or cinnamon (NOT 2 Tbsp;))
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix together, and then shape into 1 Tablespoon size balls (oooo changin it up). If the dough is too dry to shape, you can add a few tsp of water or almond milk.
**Remember to tag @earthlyeats and #earthlyeats if you make these so I can see your wonderful creations**
Meeting Purely Elizabeth!
This was the cause of the excitement today, and rightly so! I’ve been eating Purely Elizabeth granola and muesli for years, and I really look up to entrepreneurs like Elizabeth Stein who turn their passion into a successful business. I’d like to say thank you to Elizabeth and Caroline for taking the time to talk to me today. It was so amazing to talk to some true female role models and rockstars of the health food market.
I’m not sure if I’ve talked about this before, but a few years ago I had a real problem with restricting myself from eating lots of foods because I didn’t deem them as ‘healthy’. I won’t get into the details, but it was pretty bad and that’s why I’m striving for BALANCE now and not “clean” or “perfection”. One of the foods I feared the most was sugar. Now, of course I know that eating excess sugar isn’t healthy, but at the time I would pretty much avoid anything with added sugar which is NOT a healthy mindset. Purely Elizabeth granola was one of the first foods I started eating that had added sugar in it. It also sparked my coconut sugar obsession (You probably have noticed this obsession if you’ve been following my recipes for awhile haha). Every time I eat Purely Elizabeth granola, I remember how far I’ve come since those days where I would be afraid to go to birthday parties because there would be cake there. I remember that BALANCE is what I’m trying to reach now. And I relish in the joy of allowing myself to eat a piece or two of dark chocolate after dinner, have a handful of granola on my yogurt, make fireside s’mores with my friends, and eat a piece of birthday cake on my birthday. I may not be perfect, but I feel the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been 🙂