This or That? Power Up with these Protein-Packed Faves
This or That? Why choose. A recent post within our essential oil community piqued some interest. When teaching classes, we often bring some tasty treats to spoil our attendees with and demonstrate how quick, easy, and healthy just a few minutes in the kitchen with the right ingredients can be. Better still, they demonstrate how to use essential oils for their unique benefits in new and creative ways. Needless to say, that it ran quite close but several inquired about the recipes.
We've always been relatively health conscious, and with leading very active lifestyles that included football (soccer), distance running, cycling, swimming, gym exercises and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), we have always been fairly clued in about fueling and refueling the body.
Our switch to a plant-based diet changed how we would prepare and replenish the body. Gone were things like eggs, fish, chicken and chocolate milk! Instead we were using nuts, fruit + veg, leafy greens, 'energy bites', and smoothies. In some ways it was a re-education, but it was one that stripped us back and begged the question...what does our body require?
So needless to say, countless of vegan cookbooks later, and through sheer trial and error, we have learned to love the art of cooking and found solitude in our kitchen.
I've read plenty of these 'food blog posts' and feel that I'am constantly reading and living through a life story to finally get to the damn thing!@#?
So enough is enough. Here's what our community requested and here's our recipes for two of a fave, easy, go-to power bites.
WOW! That's a big picture. Almost life-size you'd say!! Here is our scrumptious Coco-Lime Chocolate Hemp Protein Balls.
Using dōTERRA Essential Oils for flavouring as much as their health benefits has become such a staple in our kitchen. For this recipe we opted for 3 drops of Lime essential oil which pairs so well with the coconut. Mmmmmm.
1 Cup of lightly packet pitted Medjool Dates
6 Tbsp Hemp Hearts (or Hemp Seeds)
3 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder or raw Cacao powder
2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 Tsp fine-grain Sea Salt
3 Drops of dōTERRA* Lime Essential Oil or Zest of 1 Lime
2 Tbsp chopped Dark Chocolate (optional)
1-3 Tsp Water - if needed
Keep aside Shredded Coconut for coating the prepared bite-size Protein Balls
Place the pitted dates in a food processor and process until a ball forms
Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor (hemp hearts/seeds, cocoa/cacao powder, coconut, coconut oil, salt, lime essential oil, and chocolate, if using) and process until combined and near smooth. The dough should be sticky and shouldn’t crumble when you form a ball. If it’s not sticky enough, add 1 to 3 teaspoons of water gradually, processing after each little addition
Lightly wet hands if needed, shape the dough into balls and place them on a lined plate
Roll each ball in Shredded Coconut until coated
Freeze the balls for 20 minutes until firm or simply enjoy right away! Keep refrigerated
The second, and arguably a household favourite, is our Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites.
1 1/2 Cups of Rolled Oats (gluten-free if possible!)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Smooth Peanut Butter (100% peanuts is best. Substitute with Cashew, Almond, Sunflower Seed Butter if you want to get fancy)
1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup or other liquid sweetener
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Ground Almonds or Almond Flour
1/4 Tsp Fine Grain Sea Salt
3 Drops of dōTERRA* Wild Orange (Optional flavour boost)
2 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
Blend Oats in a high-speed blender (Vitamix is our fave!) into a fine flour
In a large bowl, combine Coconut Oil, Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and Vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add Ground Almonds, Oat flour, and Salt and beat again until combined
Fold in Dark Chocolate Chips/Cacao Nibs, and add 3 drops of Wild Orange essential oil
Roll the dough into small bite-size balls and place on a plate lined with parchment paper
Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes, until firm. Keep refrigerated or store in a freezer bag
Try having just one, go on, I dare you! When your (yes, us!) kids have a peanut butter obsession, you might want to sleep with one eye open. Add a few dark chocolate chips and our kids are in heaven. It's treat paradise. The fact that this makes them happy, makes me happy. Growing up understanding the power of food is something that all kids should learn, AND it doesn't have to be boring. Why not check out our Recipes page on our website for some other great plant-based ideas.
Eat up my friends. Enjoy!
*Recipes are inspired by Angela Liddon - Oh She Glows