Raw, No-Bake Energy Bites

i haven’t made any major, unrealistic new year’s resolutions, however, i must admit i let my workouts awfully slip these past months due to simply being in over my head with work etc. i’m now more than ready to get back into the saddle (not literrally), as in: i’m taking my beloved yoga sessions back up this week. i will probably look like a rusty elephant on a rope, but hey… you can’t have it all. plus i’ve signed up for a (grown-up, aka clumsy elephant again) ballet class! been meaning to do that in forever. i danced as a kid – both ballet and step dance, can you believe it? – and definitely have had a weakness for anything ballet-y ever since. not just the sweet tutus and blush pink, the leg warmers and the elegant ballet shoes (although they obviously don’t hurt, either) – but also because i’m really rather into the whole “strengthening while stretching” (if that makes any sense), core balance building and – most of all – the aesthetically pleasing movements, that you get from yoga and ballet alike. the major plus about ballet is the music, too. so i can’t wait to take it back up (after 25 years, haha) and see where the journey leads me.

in terms of nutrition, i’m also starting a conscious week (as i call it, because detox is probably a bit of an overpromise?). making sure i incorporate lots of (mostly raw) greens and fruit, drink lots of water and herbal tea and avoid sugars. that’s basically it with the rules. keeping it simple and manageable, hehe. a week will do to make me more conscious about what i put into my body. hey, who knew making smoothies could be that much fun?

but since i know i will find it hard to cut back on sweets and little snacks entirely i’ve come up with a healthy snack. well, this and the fact that my oven is temporarily seemingly forever broken, which made me have to be creative, shm. anyway! insert: these raw, no-bake (yay) energy bites! they look like pralines but they’re basically just a granola ball. aka super nutritious and satisfying. proud to say boast that i’ve created these on my own, taking it as i went, and now i can’t wait to make them again because they’re so good and sweet and nutty and healthy. go, glow!
can’t wait to embark on my “healthy body and mind” mission. keep you updated!
raw, no-bake energy bites
makes 20

1 1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/4 cup almond slivers
1/4 cup desiccated coconut, shredded
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp. manuka honey or 2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 tbsp. peanut butter
100 g dark chocolate
1 tbsp. coconut oil

combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl: the oats, cranberries, almonds, coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder. add the honey, if you’re using honey (which i did). add the vanilla extract, cinnamon and ginger to the dry mix, too. in a small pan, melt the chocolate, peanut butter and coconut oil on very low heat. smooth out with a spatula occasionally. pour the chocolat-peanut-butter-mix into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. put in the refrigerator for 10 minutes for the mixture to harden a bit. shape into balls – which really means: press them together (!) in the palms of your hand really hard. pop back in the fridge until fully set. keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

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