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AmazeBalls

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These delightful little balls of decadence have all the good stuff in them, and are the most enjoyed treats I make for anyone!

Dates have become one of my go to sugar ingredient when making treats. While they are full (80%) of sugar, they are a whole food and rich in antioxidants (polyphenols) and are not going to reek havoc on your blood sugar or overall health like processed and granulated sugars will. This doesn’t mean to go buy a pound of dates and chow down,  but rather instead of reaching for the candy bar or can of soda, grab a date. Dates also provide fiber, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron.  Check out this quick video: Dates

Now on to these AmazeBalls! One of the best things about these is there is little ingredients,healthy option for a treat, dates are nutritious, and they do not take much time. Our friends love these little balls of awesomeness and so do we!

Depending on size, makes about 20 – 25

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Ingredients:

About a cup of pitted dates (7-8 ounces)
2-3 teaspoons of almond butter (or any nut butter of choice, be sure it isn’t full of oil and sugar.  I prefer raw nut butters)
About 1/3-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels)
Optional, sea salt or chia seeds or cayenne to sprinkle on top of chocolate

Directions:

In a food processor, process the dates and almond butter until well combined. Should be sticky and forms like a ball of paste.

Scoop all the mixture out and put it on a plate or in a bowl lined with parchment paper and form the balls and place them on a large enough plate so they don’t stick together. Place toothpicks in each one and them place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes so they firm up.

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After about 10 minutes, melt the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. Stirring continuously.  When most, about 2/3 of the chips have melted, remove the pan from the heat and keep stirring until fully melted.

Remove balls from the freezer and dip them in the saucepan to cover with chocolate and place them back on the parchment lined plate/platter. Sprinkle immediately with either chia seeds or sea salt or both or nothing after they are dipped.

Then put them all back in the freezer when done for about 20 minutes so chocolate firms up. Then it is time to enjoy some amazing awesomeness!

If you have extra chocolate, toss in some cashews or almonds in the chocolate pan and place on parchment paper and place in the fridge to set. Another yummy treat!

Follow up to Overnight Oats

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Earlier in the week my husband and I tried overnight oats for breakfast and to my surprise, they were quite delish and satisfying. It was the kids turn to try them next. I made the recipe I posted earlier and another one with berries (see below). And here is the result of their taste testing

Easy Raw Brownies

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A few days a week I pick up my friends kiddos after school and one of them comes home with us regularly and every so often a couple more will join us so they don’t have to be home by themselves until their parents get off work. Anyway, I like to test out treats or

Peanut Butter Banana Chip Granola Bars

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In search of a new snack to add to the mix of school lunches, sports activity and any day, I found a super easy minimal ingredient granola bar that I had to try on one of my favorite sites for recipes, Running on Veggies.  I came across Running on Veggies back in January and so

Best Thing Ever Bars

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Dark chocolate is my weakness, well more like my vice.  The most simplest of treats are the most satisfying.  Usually it is melted dark chocolate smothered over cashews and sprinkled with sea salt then chilled.  But when the kids are asking for a treat too, we get a little more adventurous.  Today we made something