Spoiler alert: I hate being cold! I’m the person who keeps their jacket on long after entering the house from outside. Like I’m talking I’ll wear it while I’m cooking or doing something like sweeping or vacuuming, and then about an hour later it finally comes off because I’ve regulated my body temperature to “normal.” And if there’s a fireplace kicking around – you may just find me in front of it with a hot cup of coffee. P.S. You Polar Bear Plungers are extremely brave, or crazy…I can’t decide which one!
Lucky for me this weekend was finally WARM! We hit -6 and it was GLORIOUS! I mean I still sported a touque and mitts – but woo, no scarf! I always find it cute when I see Instagram posts with people who say “trying to stay warm in -2!” And I’m like WHAAAA!? -2!? Try -36 with windchill, then we can talk about staying toasty. -2 is a play date with the outdoors! I wish I can say we took full advantage of the weather, but errands took over. Well that, plus a little 3 month old who resisted sleep and took control of our weekend.
Spoiler alert 2: I’ve hit the tired train. I could have benefitted from a nap or 2 on the weekend, but time didn’t allow. The little man is waking up every 1 to 1.5 hours during the night. I’m chalking it up to a growth spurt, but babies will be babies. Once you think you have a schedule or a pattern, boom! Change! The last couple of days with these wake up and feeds, plus the demanding days have got me yawning a bit more than usual. So it’s a good thing coffee, chocolate, and these energy bites that I whipped up have helped keep me on my toes.
Spoiler alert 3: When you make these, you won’t just eat one! After I made them, I proceeded to eat 3 in a row. They’re just so tasty. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re vegan, gluten free, sugar free and good for you. I have to say I did feel a nice pick me up after chowing down on them.
These little nuggets of energy are full of natural and raw ingredients that are healthy and good for you. Walnuts, almonds, carrots, and natural sugars from dates and raisins – yes please! Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids, help with heart health, and are a great source of vitamin E. Almonds are loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and help lower cholesterol levels, plus pack a nice punch of nutty flavour. Carrots, I mean aside from your parents telling you it will help with your vision are loaded with beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your liver and contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Aside from the health benefits, it’s like eating a little piece of healthy carrot cake that doesn’t involve an oven. Once you make them and taste them, you can thank me later. One word for these little guys: YUM!
Raw Carrot Energy Balls
½ cup shelled walnuts
12 pitted dried dates
1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon cocoa powder
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 large carrots
¼ cup sultana raisins
¼ cup chopped almonds
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 – Place walnuts in a blender or food processor until finely ground and transfer to a medium size mixing bowl. Set aside.
2 – Place dates in blender and blend until ground. Add the ground walnuts, cinnamon, cocoa powder and nutmeg to the dates and blend until everything is mixed together. Scrape the sides of the blender and re-blend if needed. Transfer mixture to mixing bowl.
3 – Peel both carrots and begin shredding each one using a small shredder. Add shredded carrots to mixing bowl. Mix carrots together with walnut-date mixture until everything is combined.
Add raisins and almonds and stir together until incorporated.
4 – Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
5 – Scoop one tablespoon of mixture into hands and roll into a ball between palms. Repeat with remaining mixture.
6 – Pour shredded coconut onto a plate and roll carrot cake balls, one at a time, into the coconut until coated.
7 – Pop one into your mouth and enjoy!
*These are best stored in the refrigerator for 3-5 days (if they last that long)