Coco-nutz

It’s official.

This is my brain being taken over by the protein god’s.

I am all about healthy protein snacks this week.

Oh, and I guess watching episode after episode of Chopped on The Food Network last night didn’t help…AT ALL.

I wish that I was one of the judges, just so that I eat myself into oblivion.

I could also live off of coconut butter.

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I mean, how did live without this stuff when I was little?

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Oh ya, that’s right…I had a diet of Hot Pockets and Cinnamon Toast Crunch back then.

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Now, I have a much more refined palate…one that consists of brownies, cookies, and cakes…

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😉

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You know it’s quite a bit healthier than that around here.

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Well…

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maybe a little healthier. 🙂

Raw Coconut Protein Balls
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12
 
Coconut butter + coconut milk + raw protein powder + coconut flour, molded into tiny balls and rolled into shredded coconut for the perfect snack. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, raw, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • ¼ c. slightly melted coconut butter
  • ½ c. unsweetened coconut milk, warmed
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • ¼ c. raw unflavored or vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ c. granulated stevia
  • unsweetened, shredded coconut, for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the coconut butter, coconut milk, coconut flour, protein powder, and stevia until a large ball forms.
  2. Using your hands, form 1 inch balls with the dough.
  3. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut.
  4. Freeze to set.

MANGIA!!!

Re-charge

 Y’all.

What a weekend.

I love the 4th of July.

Sun and fun, family, grilling, meatballs/sauce & pasta (yes, us Italian American’s always celebrate any holiday with meatballs…true Merican’s), fireworks, & anything with the word pie or crisp in it.

It was pouring on Friday night, so I didn’t get to watch fireworks, however; I actually enjoyed the quiet, watching movies, and just hanging out.

I am feeling like I have a post-weekend food baby from all the food I ate.

I didn’t go overboard, I just felt that there was A TON of eating…good eating.

Let’s start new this week.

I always feel like I need to re-charge in the best way possible after a food filled weekend.

This usually involves making food for performance and energy reasons.

My job is physically demanding, so anything snack-able is always advised 🙂

We are making some raw snacks today.

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Sweet banana + date + coconut butter + raw sunflower seed butter

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+ coconut

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+ raw protein powder + extra coconut butter on top…

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it doesn’t get any more wholesome or healthier than that.

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Plus, this recipe is super quick.

Raw Banana Bread Protein Bites for the win!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Raw Banana Bread Protein Bites
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Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
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Serves: 15
 
A chewy, "cookie" bite made with a base of dates, coconut, sunflower seed & coconut butter, and a bit of raw protein powder. Topped w/ coconut butter for the perfect pre or post-workout snack. Gluten-free, vegan, raw, paleo, nut-free.
Ingredients
  • For the base:
  • 1 large, very ripe banana
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1.5 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1 T. slightly melted coconut butter
  • 1 T. raw sunflower seed butter
  • 2 T. raw protein powder, optional
  • For the topping:
  • 2 T. slightly melted coconut butter
Instructions
  1. For the base, place all of the ingredients into a large food processor and process on high until a huge ball begins to form. The mixture should be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that your fingers are coated with the mixture.
  2. Spread the mixture into a small square baking pan.
  3. Pour the topping mixture over the base mixture.
  4. Freeze for about 30 minutes to set.
  5. Cut into small squares and serve.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for best results.

MANGIA!!!

Date Me.

Here we go again.

One of my uncles (the same one who is always interested in my relationship status) is once again, trying to play matchmaker.

I know he cares, but seriously, I just want to be left alone.

Now, he wants to hook me up w/ this millionaire 27 year old who basically inherited his family’s money.

Dear Lawd.

I’m not afraid to be in a relationship with a guy.

It’s just that I want to focus on myself right now and when the time is right, then get myself into a serious relationship.

He acts like I’m on my death bed or something.

I’m 26, I’m pretty sure I have my entire life ahead of me…plenty of time to be getting married and popping out babies.

If he keeps on pushing it I will probably go on a date to shut him up and see where that takes us.

Have you ever had that one family member who is super nosey?

Well, I have a lot of nosey family members…but he, he takes the cake.

Or in this case, the cannoli.

Do I have a sign plastered to my forehead that reads: “Single, white female in desperate need of man to satisfy that “void” in her life.”

Ummmmm…no.

But because I’m awesome…I’ll give it a shot.

Pray for me.

The only dates I like are the ones in this cookie.

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The kind of date that involves coconut and chocolate chips.

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Oh yes.

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Plus, you don’t have to worry about fixing your hair, make-up, or shopping for a cute outfit.

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It’s just you, these raw coconut cookie dough balls,

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and netflix.

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Feel free to send some advice my way 😉

5.0 from 1 reviews
Raw Chocolate Chip Coconut Butter Cookies
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Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 10
 
Creamy coconut butter cookies chock full of sweet dates, coconut, and studded w/ mini dark chocolate for the perfect healthy treat. Gluten-free, vegan, paleo, raw, nut-free, no added sugar.
Ingredients
  • ½ c. soft, pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ c. slightly melted coconut butter
  • 1 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • ½ t. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ⅓ c. vegan mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place the dates in a large food processor and puree until a ball forms.
  2. Add the coconut butter , coconut, vanilla, and salt and puree again until a crumbly, sticky mixture begins to form.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop a small cookie scoop, or your hands, to roll the dough into balls.
  5. Store the cookies in the refrigerator to set.
  6. Devour.

MANGIA!!!

Texas Hur.

 Y’all.

I just wanted to thank you so much for the sweet and kind words in response to my post on Sunday.

I am so glad that I wrote it.

I hope that it can inspire and help others going through the same thing.

It’s rodeo season here.

All I want is to eat a turkey leg.

Oh, and of course watch any rodeo festivity involving a cute cowboy and his horse.

Duh.

I haven’t decided if I will go yet.

I’m usually last minute.

Plus work schedule + gotta have a cute outfit + gotta have Texas hair….you get me…it’s complicated.

I’m the queen of snack food.

If you haven’t heard.

I once got a blank stare from my cousin when we went to eat lunch one day and I pulled out a mini container of freshly grated Parmesan cheese from my purse.

Yes, I consider that a snack.

Condiments can be snacks.

Work with me here.

Sometimes snacks have to be healthy.

So we can eat 238939873873 zillion of them and not feel guilty.

There is no guilt on this blog.

Carrots are healthy.

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My Italian grandmother always tells me they are good for my eyes.

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Then we add some walnuts and dates.

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Because duh…those are healthy too.

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I added some homemade coconut butter to the mix just because it’s awesome.

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Carrot cake bites, people.

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I know you are probably like freaking out over this whole “bite” thing.

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To have a little taste of carrot cake in one bite…

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and it be healthy…?

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Oh yes, I said it.

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😉

Carrot Cake Snack Bites
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 38
 
Healthy carrot-cake like energy bites chock full of walnuts, dates, coconut butter, and freshly grated carrots. Gluten-free, paleo, raw, vegan, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 c. pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 c. raw walnuts
  • 1 T. coconut butter
  • 2 T. coconut flour
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. pure Mexican vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large food processor and pulse until the mixture begins to stick together.
  2. Line an 8 in. square baking pan w/ parchment paper.
  3. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and freeze until set.
  4. Cut into small square pieces and snack!

MANGIA!!!

Broken Oven.

 I’m pretty sure.

Nope, I’m positive that my oven is 100% broken.

Yep, electric piece of…

It came with the house so I mean, who knows how old it is.

Anyway, good thing I like to make things that don’t require an oven.

Even though I’m totally biting my tongue at the moment.

I’m convinced this won’t get me down.

Challenge accepted.

🙂

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I love me some raw desserts/snacks…?

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 Okay, I’m pretty sure these qualify as cookies.

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Okay, they are TOTALLY cookies.

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But they are totally healthy.

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Practically calorie-free.

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Who needs an oven when you’ve got these babies?

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Not me.

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🙂

Almond Butter Coconut Cookie Bites
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Recipe type: Cookies, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
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Serves: 14
 
No bake, raw almond butter cookies stuffed w/ coconut & cacao nibs for the perfect energizing snack. Gluten-free, paleo, vegan, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • ¼ c. +1 t. unsalted, raw almond butter
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
  • ¼ c. ground flaxseed meal
  • ⅓ c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 t. coconut nectar
  • ½ t. vanilla extract
  • ¼ c. cocoa nibs, optional
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir using a spatula until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour to firm.
  3. Once chilled, roll the dough into small balls.
  4. Serve.

Nutritional Facts (1/14th of recipe): Calories: 63, Total Fat: 4g, Sodium: 1.2mg, Potassium; 51mg, Total Carb: 5.6g, Dietary Fiber: 2.1g, Sugars: 2.3g, Protein: 1.5g

MANGIA!!!