Power Bites

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I am all for pre-prepped meals and snacks that make my day easier as a dietetic intern. So when I saw this month's Recipe Redux theme -- "Did you receive a trendy new cooking gadget as a holiday gift? Or do you have a tried-and-true kitchen tool you couldn’t do without? Show us a healthy recipe highlighting a favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or gizmo"-- I knew I had to highlight my favorite kitchen tool- mini food processor!

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It is a quick and simple tool I use for almost anything.

Lately I have been using it to break down my oats for my oatmeal. I also have used it for shredded carrots for my favorite carrot cake recipe (on the blog soon!). Now I have been continuously making power balls by using the food processor to chop up walnuts, almond, cashews, etc., to make the perfect bite sized power balls.

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For this post I am sharing one of my favorite recipes that includes 5 simple ingredients.

Power Bites

Ingredients:

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  • 2 ounces raw almonds (you can use your favorite nut or a mixture!)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened sunflower butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

1. In a food processor, add almonds. Process until almonds are finely chopped. Add sunflower butter, and maple syrup. Process until a smooth texture comes out that is sticky enough to roll into balls. Add more maple syrup to get sticky consistency.

2. Pour mixture into a bowl and add dried cranberries, chia seeds and chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

3. With about 1 tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. Repeat until all mixture is used then place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour or enjoy immediately.

 

 

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Bark

With summer in full swing and the multiple parties and holidays coming up, I have been working on a quick and delicious treat that can be perfect for any occasion. One of my favorite snacks is popcorn and I love the many ways you can snack on it! In trail mix, with different seasonings, or as a delicious chocolate bark treat! This leads me to sharing one of my favorite recipes that is full of protein, fiber and sweetness. Dark chocolate chips+ sea salt and pepper popcorn = sweet & savory goodness. AND the peanut butter makes it twice as good!

YUM. 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Bark

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup popcorn (I used SkinnyPop Sea Salt and Pepper flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower kernals 
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine dark chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring at 30 seconds.
  2. On a nonstick paper (parchment paper) pour melted chocolate mixture. Evenly spread out for a 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. In a clean microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Place dollops of melted peanut butter on top of melted chocolate. With a knife, slowly swirl the chocolate and peanut together, making a cool design.
  4. Sprinkle popcorn and sunflower kernals on top and place in freezer for 20-30 minutes or until solid.
  5. Break into pieces and enjoy immediately!

I was not compensated or sponsored for my time for this posting. 

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be

Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

Breakfast has just been made easy with these Peanut Butter Cookie Bites! Try these simple, filling and delicious NO BAKE peanut butter cookie bites! These bites are perfect for on the go, to snack on or as a light breakfast. Since peanut butter cookies (or any other kind of cookie) can be high in sugar and fat, these cookies can provide more protein, natural sugars and essential nutrients. They are also a great treat!

Love this recipe from Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT

Original post can be found here.

Peanut Butter Cookie Bites
Yield: 24 bites

Ingredients:
• 1 ½ cup creamy peanut butter
• ¼ cup raw honey
• 1 cup rolled oats
• 1 cup cheerios
• ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions:
1. In a small pot on the stove top, add peanut butter and honey. Stir constantly until peanut butter mixture is fully melted. Remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl, combine rolled oats, cheerios, walnuts, chia seeds and peanut butter mixture. Mix well.
3. Roll dough into firm balls and place on a plate. Repeat until all dough is use.
4. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Enjoy! 

Nutrition facts: 117 calories, 12 g CHO, 8 g FAT, 3 g PRO, 33 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 3 g fiber

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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be