Here’s the thing. My sweet tooth comes and goes. And lately, it’s been visitng me in full force. I can’t explain it. All of a sudden I want ALL THE SWEETS. So this weekend I said to myself, “Self, enough is enough. Stop this.” So I did a bit of googling and pinteresting, and after reading several recipes, came up with this little dandy. For me, it’s a nice, natural sugar boost. And they are VERY sweet. Like, potent sweet. Last night I had one tiny ball and a cup of tea and was completely satisfied, and I don’t even have to feel bad about it.
Here’s the other thing. I LOVE working out first thing in the morning, mostly because I can go about my day and know it’s over with. But it poses a few issues. The main issue is: To eat beforehand or not to eat beforehand. If I’m just going for a run, I definitely don’t eat first. But I recently joined crossfit (and UGH, more on this another time), and a 6 a.m. crossfit workout on an empty stomach is just stupid. So these little bites of natural sugar worked really well yesterday morning. No stomach cramps, no fatigue. Blam!
Also, I know they look terrible. My sweet husband pointed that out, but trust me, I already knew.
Sweet Date Bites
1.5 oz cashews (or any nut)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (really you could probably use any kind)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
16 pitted dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until a sticky dough is formed. If it’s not coming together, slowly add a little bit more water. Use a tablespoon to form small balls. You should end up with 14 or so.
Nutrition info for one ball: Calories-65 Fat-2g Protein-2g Sugar-7g