Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Today I was thinking of a response to a question my local gym, Rival Fitness, asked me: “What’s your purpose?”  I don’t know if there are many people who are able to answer this question on the fly, but it really made me stop and think.

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

The answer is supposed to target “my purpose” related to health/fitness.  They are asking some of the frequent-flyer members this question in order to update some of signage on the gym.  I know this should not have sparked a huge internal debate, but a) my purpose is pretty mind-boggling thought to reflect on b) this could potentially be posted on Rival’s exterior/website for Seattleites to see AND let’s be honest…I DO NOT have a common name.

Carrot Cake Energy BitesHere’s a little visual of what the nut/oat mixture should look like

Well today I had an “ah-ha” moment.  My purpose at Rival, work, in my relationship, with this blog, and in life is pretty consistent across the board.  My purpose is to challenge myself and my boundaries every. single. day.  My biggest fear in life is becoming comfortable.

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

This might be what fuels my competitive drive and why I am an internally-driven person.  No matter what “your purpose” in health, relationships, life is, it is important to stop, reflect, and appreciate what drives you.

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

Ok what does this have to do with carrot cake energy bites???  Not much really, other than I love energy bites and am always challenging myself to re-create a not so healthy favorite recipe into a better-for-you alternative.  I also believe you are what you eat.  With a busy day, you should reward your body.  These little bites of joy will do just that :)

Carrot Cake Energy Bites

As always,

Bon Appeteek

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: N/A
Servings: 15-18 bites

The Players: 

8-10 mejedool dates, pitted
1 C quick oats
1/2 C raw coconut flakes
1/2 C pecans (or nut of your choice)
1/4 C ground flaxseed
1 T ground cinnamon
1 C grated carrots (~ 2 medium carrots)
2 T coconut oil, melted

The Rules: 

  1. Place dates in a dish, submerge with warm water, and soak for 10 minutes.
  2. While the dates are soaking, combine the nuts, oatmeal, flaxseed, coconut, cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until the oats are ~ the size of uncooked quinoa.  Remove from the food processor and set aside.
  3. Drain your dates and pulse in food processor until finely chopped.
  4. Transfer grated carrots to the food processor.  Then slowly add nut/oat mixture and pulse to combine.  When the mixture appears dry add the melted coconut oil and pulse a few more times.  Transfer the mixture to a bowl and mix with your hands until well-combined.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture for 15-30 minutes.  (Note: this will make it easier to form the balls)
  6. Remove from the refrigerator and form balls by rolling ~1 tbsp of the mixture between your palms.  (Note: if the batter gets sticky, then wet your hands to make it easier to form the bites) Set the energy bites in an airtight container and place parchment paper/wax paper between layers of the bites to prevent sticking.  Enjoy immediately or store refrigerated.

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