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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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Healthy Peanut Butter Dip

It’s the third Friday of November (wait, what?? already?!), which means its time for the third installment of my peanut butter recipe series in honor of National Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

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If you click on any What I Ate Wednesday Post on this blog, you’ll probably see pictures of an apple with peanut butter for a snack. It’s one of my absolute favorites! I decided to take my chances and make a dip this week inspired by hummus for a sweet alternative to my usual snack.

Healthy Peanut Butter Dip

This Healthy Peanut Butter Dip is slightly reminiscent of peanut butter cookies and is pretty good for you, too! It’s not overly sweet, though. I would recommend dipping in bananas, apples, carrots or crackers, or even using it as a spread on sandwiches. It only took minutes to come together!

PS… you can’t taste the chickpeas 😉

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Healthy Peanut Butter Dip
Makes about two cups

  • 2 cups chickpeas (I pulled some skins off of mine to make it smoother)
  • 1/4 cup natural creamy salted peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 almond milk
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender.
  2. Pulse to combine and scrape down sides.
  3. Process until smooth, continuing to occasionally scrape down sides.

In case you missed it, here are the other National Peanut Butter Lovers Month recipes:
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pumpkin Smoothie
Sweet & Spicy Peanut Butter Bites

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Question of the Day:
Any fun plans for this weekend? I’m pretty much just doing homework. I have a lot to get done before the end of the semester!

Sweet & Spicy Peanut Butter Bites

Remember that whole “National Peanut Butter Lovers Month”? Yeah, that’s still going strong. I am actually really excited about this week’s recipe because I went out on a limb. It’s inspired by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, a company based out of Columbus.

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Jeni’s ice cream is made with Snowville Creamery milk, a company local to Southeast Ohio, and they use the freshest ingredients. Their product is truly like no other ice cream you’ll ever have. If you are ever in a city with a scoop shop, I urge you to go there!

Anyway, back to the star today: peanut butter. The first time I visited Jeni’s, I tried a flavor that I was skeptical of but knew I needed to give a lick. I’m going to butcher what it was called because they don’t sell it anymore, but it was something like a Spicy Sweet Peanut Thai ice cream. Like, what?? Spicy ice cream? But the wonderful combination of salty, sweet peanuts and peppery heat aftertaste has been ingrained in my tastebuds ever since.

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I was so glad that I took a chance on the flavor. When I was creating this week’s recipe, I knew I wanted to do a fun take on an energy bite, but I wanted to do something different. I remembered the ice cream and bam! Spicy & Sweet Peanut Butter Bites were born.

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These have some allergens in them, but I think you could easily omit the coconut or use almond butter instead and still have a great bite.

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Sweet & Spicy Peanut Butter Bites
Makes 16 bites

Ingredients:

  • 9 dates, soaked in water for an hour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, or other chocolate equivalent (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine dates, oats, peanut butter, flax meal and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Pulse until well mixed together.
  2. Add coconut and pulse until combined.
  3. Scoop mixture and roll into tiny balls, about 1″ around.
  4. Melt chocolate. Dip bites and let harden.*

*Note: I only dipped half of my bites in the chocolate. If you want to cover all of them, you may need a bit more chocolate.

These have a bit of heat at the end but also a really fun sweetness. You can add less cayenne if you think that it may be too spicy, but I found that the coconut and chocolate helped to cut the spice.

Now, I’m off to class for the day and to welcome my dad to town later this evening! Have a great weekend!

Question of the Day:
>> What’s the best “weird” ice cream flavor you’ve ever had? Mine is definitely the one mentioned above, but I’ve always wanted to try corn ice cream. I don’t know. Don’t ask me why.