Coconut Chicken Nuggets

I’m straight up lying to you in that title. I didn’t make chicken nuggets. I made turkey nuggets.  But no one knows what a turkey nugget is, so I figured chicken would catch more peoples attention. Did it work? Probably not. Cool.

So last night I played basketball at my high school’s open gym. My uncle is the coach there and sometimes alumni go back and play. Man, there’s nothing like running up and down a basketball court to let you know how out of shape you are. It’s a good thing I had some baller teammates because I’m pretty sure I missed 99.9% of the shots I took. And I take a lot of shots. Sorry guys.  Not to mention I can’t move today. So that’s good.

Have I mentioned I’m starting up CrossFit again next month? I did it for a couple months back in the fall, and now I’m starting up again with my cousin Teri and her husband Nick.  I’m SO SO SO excited but also scared at the same time.  Teri asked one of the owners if we were going to die when we signed up.  He laughed and told us we have nothing to worry about.  So in other words he didn’t say no. Promising.

So anyways, on to the turkey nugs. Last night we had no plans for dinner in the Taylor Made household, but we did have some ground turkey. I saw a recipe for some amazing looking cilantro chicken nuggets in, you guessed it, the PaleOMG cookbook, and have been wanting to experiment with some ever since.  I had pretty much none of the ingredients it called for so I decided to wing it and make my own version. And let me tell ya, they weren’t too shabby! So the next time you’re craving some lil nuggets, this is your recipe.

Coconut Chicken Nuggets

20130515-081616.jpg

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)

1 egg, beaten

3 tbsp Coconut Aminos

2-3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup chopped onions

salt and pepper to taste

1-4 – 1/2 cup coconut flour

1 tsp coconut oil (to grease pan)

Directions:

1. Combine turkey, egg, Coconut Aminos, garlic, onions, salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl.

2. Form mixture into small balls and roll in coconut flour, lightly dusting them.

3. Place balls in a skillet coated with coconut oil over medium heat.

4. Press down on each with a spatula to flatten a bit (into more of a “nugget” form).

5. Cook on one side until browned, then flip, and continue cooking until they are completely cooked through (about 5-10 minutes).

6. #nomnomnom

I realize this recipe would be a lot better if I had some sort of amazing dipping sauce to add to it. But I cheated and dipped mine in some leftover Zesty Tahini dressing that I swiped from the Whole Foods salad bar the other day. Once I attempt to recreate that delicious mixture I will be sure to share it with you so you can enjoy these nugs with it.  You will love me. In the mean time, put your big boy pants on and find your own dipping sauce. I promise it’s not that hard.

Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins

Why am I just now discovering that  canned coconut milk in your coffee as creamer is a gift sent from heaven? Literally. Am I late to the paleo coffee party or what. I literally want to drink coffee all day long now.  I need to find a bigger travel mug.

I ate a chocolate chip muffin over the weekend. And said muffin did not do fun things to my blood sugar.  Shocking, really, I know.  But sometimes a girl just wants a chocolate chip muffin, ya know what I’m sayin’?  So that’s what I’m bringing you today.

But before we get to that, I have some BIG news. REAL big news.

Calm down, I didn’t go on any dates or get a new boyfriend. But let’s be real, we all know that would be pretty shocking news. It’s actually better than a new boyfriend. It’s a new blog!!!! Yep, you heard it right.  I finally made the leap to self-hosted.  Talk about big girl status.  I could not be more excited! The new site will have a new name and everything, but don’t worry, I will keep you updated when it’s all ready! Which could be awhile.  You see the thing is, WordPress is actually extrememly complicated.  Especially the whole design/layout thing.  I’ll be honest.  I have NO idea what I’m doing.  So I’m either going to have to spend endless hours trying to become a web master (is that what they’re called?)  or I’m going to have to enlist some help. But I hear these types of helpers can be a pretty penny.  And we all know I’m a broke college student.  So if there is anyone out there reading this who is a web design/Wordpress genius or knows of one, this is my desperate cry for help.  HALPPPPP.

Okay, okay. I’ll stop sounding so desperate. Now go make these muffins.

Banana Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Muffins

20130514-071340.jpg

Ingredients:

2 bananas

1 cup sunflower seed butter (or other nut butter)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp honey

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips (or dark chocolate chips)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Line a muffin tin with paper/silicon liners.

3.  Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips together in a blender/food processor until everything is incorporated.

4. Mix in chocolate chips.

5. Fill cups 3/4 full with batter (you can top them with more chocolate chips if you want!)

6. Bake for 15 minutes.

7. Let cool on wire rack and remove from tin.

8. Try not to drool all over them (it’s difficult).

Makes about 10 muffins.

20130514-071505.jpg

3.

Destin Days

You know what sucks? Coming home from vacation sucks.  Big time.  Especially when the place you were vacationing looks like this and the place you are coming home to is 58 degree Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus doesn’t look like this.

20130512-201306.jpg

Have you ever seen water that blue? I certainly hadn’t. Seriously the most gorgeous beach I’ve ever been to!

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a lot of these pictures already (I’m a bit obsessed), in which case feel free to ignore this entire post.  If not, you might want to grab some snacks, cause it’s gonna be a long one.

So the trip started out on a really great note because on Friday morning, lucky for us, we found some ice cream in the rental car! What could be be better, right?  Correction: we found a half eaten McDonald’s hot fudge sundae in the rental car. Gross.

20130512-200707.jpg

After we got over that minor setback, we were on our way to Nashville, our first stop. We decided to drive there and stay the night with my aunt and uncle since it was a good halfway point between Columbus and Destin.  To make up for the previous ice cream incident, it was only right that we got ourselves some froyo. I swear Nashville has the best froyo.

***DISCLAIMER: Approximately 99.9% of the food I consumed last week was no where near paleo. Please, tell me how awful I am.

20130512-200649.jpg

We were up early again on Saturday and had another 8 hours in the car ahead of us to Destin.  Talk about a good looking group. Am I right? Dad didn’t make it into the picture. Whoops. Had to keep his eye on the road.  I suppose that’s important.

20130512-201112.jpg

We made it by late afternoon and when we got there I decided to head out on a little run and explore the area.  And by explore I mean run down the main road in one direction so I didn’t get lost. Not to mention  I was super excited because I had just gotten my PaleOMG headband and wanted to show it off. I could when  I was running that tons of people were staring at it purely out of jealousy. Totally understandable.

20130512-200739.jpg

When I got back me and my sister did some real exploring on the golf cart that came with the house we were staying in.  Man that thing was fun. It was even street legal.  Although sometimes I doubted that since I swear I never saw one other golf cart on the main roads while we were there…hmmm….Even though it only (sometimes) reached speeds of 25 miles per hour, usually only when you were going downhill, it was still a real good time. And came in handy for late night froyo runs. Wait what?

20130512-200752.jpg

The first full day we were there was Cinco de Mayo, so we decided to check out a nearby Mexican restaurant called La Rumba for dinner.  Not the greatest food, but still a pretty fun time.  My dad really enjoyed the margaritas that night.  There was a DJ outside and he kept asking him if he had anything by Pitbull.  So hip, Mike is.  
20130512-200820.jpg

I got the chicken fajitas. Pretty good. But even better cold the next day by the pool. Weird.

20130512-200849.jpg

Most days breakfast looked something like this.  Eggs, bacon, and avocado.  Pretty standard.  Pretty paleo.  Don’t let this picture fool you.  I didn’t really eat breakfast out by the pool every morning. But it probably would have been nice.

20130512-200900.jpg

I even made everyone PaleOMG Hearty Banana Granola Pancakes minus the granola one morning.  They were a hit! Even my dad liked them.  Now that right there is a sign they were good.

20130512-201152.jpg

After breakfast each morning, we usually all did some kind of workout.  The community we stayed in had a nice little clubhouse with a little workout room and some tennis courts.  My dad and I played tennis almost every day.  And by played I mean tried not to kill ourselves/look like complete idiots.  We literally had no idea what we were doing.  But we still had fun.  Most days we were lucky and were the only ones on the courts, until the last day when I swear we had two professionals next to us.  I think they were getting a little angry because our balls kept flying onto their court, forcing them to stop in the middle of their game and throw our balls back to us. Awkward.

20130512-200938.jpg

We look professional, right?

20130512-201016.jpg

It’s okay if you said no.  But let me tell ya, tennis is one hell of a workout when you don’t know what you’re doing.

Another morning the whole group went on a walk along the beach and checked out some of the shops and restaurants in the area.  We ended up at a cute little coffee/bake shop called Camille’s where we hung out for a little bit and ate cheese danishes and bloody marys. Counter-productivity at its finest.

20130512-201056.jpg

On Tuesday night we went to a restaurant/bar called the Boathouse.  If you saw this place you would immediately think why the eff would someone eat here?! It was pretty much the dirtiest, skankiest hole in the entire world.  We all thought it was pretty freaking sketch at first.  There were dollar bills hanging all over the ceiling and walls that people have written on from all different places and states. Some people even hung their t-shirts or baseball hats on the walls, too, to represent where they are from.  There were also lots of bras hanging from the ceiling…Not sure what those were representing. Nor do I think I want to know. Ew. Anyways, me and my sister, being the loyal Buckeyes we are, hung up a couple dollars with the good old O-H-I-O on them.  See the bras behind us?

20130512-201141.jpg

So this is where major non-paleo eating began.
20130512-201124.jpg

Oh yeah. That happened.  The place actually ended up being really fun and we even got the live performer to sing Hang On Sloopy.  Entertaining to say the least.

And then this happened the next night at a place called McGuire’s.  That’s peanut butter and bacon on that burger. Yes it is. Don’t knock it til ya try it folks.

20130512-201230.jpg

My aunts Judi and Debbie and my dad at McGuire’s.  Good looking people.

20130512-201205.jpg

We spent pretty much all of Thursday at the beach.  I got a severe sunburn on my feet, however, after much complaining, I did manage to force my family into taking this picture.  If you can’t tell, we are spelling OHIO with our bodies.  Aka a tradition at Ohio State.  I have to say this one turned out pretty cool! They will thank me later.

20130512-201247.jpg

On Friday morning, my aunt Judi, my dad, and I decided to go to this place called the Donut Hole for breakfast.  Everyone we talked to had recommended it and said they had the best donuts in the whole world.  So, naturally, who wouldn’t want to go there? I ordered eggs with bacon and hashbrowns.  Almost paleo, right?

20130512-201318.jpg

So far, so good.  Until this went down.  Paleo my ass.

20130512-201329.jpg

The people weren’t lying.  Best. Donuts. Ever. Pretty sure I drooled over the coconut one.  If they didn’t already by this point, the paleo police sure as hell had a warrant out for my arrest after this.  Whoops.

After our obviously healthy breakfast, my dad and I went to play some tennis, and then did some golf cart exploration.  We found this place called Bad Ass Coffee and it was totally awesome.  They had tons of cool flavors to choose from and I’m pretty sure the girl working there wanted to kill me because I asked her about pretty much every single one.  I ended up getting an iced sugar-free Snickerlicious latte.  I imagine this is what heaven would taste like if heaven did in fact have a taste.  So sad it took me all the way until the last day to discover this bad boy.

20130512-201335.jpg

On Saturday we got up super early and said goodbye to our lovely Destin home before we started the long 8 hour trip back to Nashville.  Remember how I said Nashville has the best froyo? Well that’s because of this.

20130512-201353.jpg

Froyo toppings literally falling out of the sky from heaven.  Aka Sweet CeCe’s.  Nomnomnom.

20130512-201347.jpg

Now that’s a good ending to any vacation.  Or any other day for that matter.

Now, you’re probably thinking I’m some sort of fraud for eating all these naughty things on vacation or not eating 100% paleo the entire time.  My apologies.  But, you know what, it was vacation.  I enjoyed myself.  I let myself have a little fun.  Did eating these foods make me feel good? Hell no.  My stomach felt like a balloon for 99.9% of the trip, not going to lie.  It actually really sucked.  Especially when you’re prancing around in a bikini.  Looking 9 months preggo from eating crap isn’t really cute in that situation.  But that’s beside the point.  Vacation is a time to relax and get away from reality for a little while, and that’s exactly what I did.  I had some fun and wasn’t so uptight about making sure everything I stuffed my face with was paleo.  And ys know what?  I survived.  Weird, huh?

Road Trippin’ Trail Mix

I hate running. Like really am not a fan of it. Especially in public. Because I am probably one of the most awkward looking runners out there. Let’s be honest, tall people just look weird when they run. Period. Remember that episode of friends where Rachel and Phoebe run together but then Rachel doesn’t want to run with her anymore because she runs like and elephant? Well, just call me Pheebs.

But lately I’ve been making myself do it anyways. And you know what? I may actually be kind of maybe starting to enjoy it. I know. Weird. I mean let’s be real, I’m no roadrunner. I’m actually extremely slow. Like real slow. But hey, it’s the effort that counts right? The weather has been getting nicer here in Columbus (shocking, I know) and it’s been nice to run outside for a change.  My mom even ran with me the other day! Now how freaking adorable is she?

20130502-152745.jpg

Want to know some songs I’ve been listening to while I run? Sure you do! I’ve come to the conclusion that if I was forced to run without headphones, I would probably actually die.  That would blow, especially if you’re already not a big running fan like I’m not. The right jams can help though.  I usually feel pretty sweet and pumped up when I listen to these.  You know that feeling you get when a real good song comes on when you’re working out and your adrenaline starts pumping? Yeah, I just wish the other people who see you running could also hear them, so you don’t look like a complete idiot feeling all full of yourself acting like a professional runner.  You know what I mean? No?  Cool.  So here are some songs that have been helping me feel like I am in fact a professional runner.

1.  Crash My Party – Luke Bryan

2. 22 – Taylor Swift (Don’t judge. It’s catchy)

3. My Songs Know What you Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy

4. Now or Never – Outasight

5. Best Love Song – T-Pain

6. Turn All the Lights On – T -Pain

Quite an unusual mix I know.  Got a little bit of everything in there.  Hey, whatever works right? Feel free to suggest any favorites.  I get bored easily.

So I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I’m leaving tomorrow for vacation. Well, now I have. Woooohooo! My family is headed to Destin, Florida for the week and I am pumped.  Roadtriiiiiip! We are stopping in Nashville tomorrow on the way down to see my Uncle Dave, Aunt Carla, and cousin Ashley (hey guys!) Not sure how much I’ll be blogging next week, but I can assure you I’ll be posting a crap ton of pictures all over Instagram/Twitter/Facebook. So you can follow along with my exciting life there (taylorriggs12) if you so desire (which you probably don’t).  It’s cool if you don’t.

So naturally road trips call for snacks. Duh. Or at least they do in my family.  I went on a mini road trip (literally like an hour away) last summer with some friends and my mom was appalled with me because I didn’t buy any snacks to take in the car.  So she immediately ran out and bought some because she thought my friends wouldn’t hate me.  Thanks mom.

Anyways, I was trying to think of some good paleo snacks to bring along and that’s when I came up with this wonderful concoction.  It’s really not all that brilliant.  Actually it’s pretty much the laziest form of creation you can think of seeing as though it literally takes 0.5 seconds to put together.  The easier the better, I say.  So the next time your mom is yelling at you for forgetting the road trip snacks, I gotchya covered.

Road Trippin’ Paleo Trail Mix

20130502-152752.jpg

I just made a small baggie full, so if you want to make a a larger amount just double or triple the recipe!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup walnuts

1/4 almonds

1/4 cup cashews

1/4 cup pecans

1/4 cup raisins

1/8 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Mix everything together.

Eat.

I wasn’t kidding when I told you it was easy.

Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Bites

Soooo this is how I feel about finals.

20130429-133835.jpg

Juuuuuust kidding guys. Kind of. I FINALLY finished my last final this morning! I thought I was actually going to hate anatomy this entire semester, but I really ended up kind of liking it. Weird, I know.  Nonetheless I’m glad it’s over and summer has begun! I’m actually taking a class this during the summer semester (booooo), but I get a little over a month off before it starts so that’s nice. Actually it starts on June 10th, aka my 21st birthday, so feel free to start thinking about what you’ll be getting for me, okay? Cool.

Want to know something really exciting that happened this weekend?? Of course you do.  Well I think by now the entire universe is well aware of my infatuation with Juli Bauer.  And at this point I’m pretty sure she might even think of me as the chick who stalks her on all forms of social media.  I may or may not have even friend requested her on Facebook last week. Yeah, I know.  Hey speaking of Facebook don’t forget to like the new Taylor Made page! I have like 100 likes…really working my way up to the big leagues. But anyways, I had planned to study for my anatomy final when I got home from work on Friday night, until I decided that watching PaleOMG YouTube videos was a better use of my time.  Seriously you guys, I die.  Freaking. Hilarious.  I even made my mom and aunt watch one the other night.  Sad, I know.  But the point of all of this is that, naturally, I tweeted about watching said videos, and guess what happened.  JULI BAUER RETWEETED MY TWEET.  Calm down, I know you’re excited.  I was too. You might not even believe me believe me, because it’s a pretty big deal. But I have proof for you all.

20130429-135850.jpg

I may or may not have thrown a little dance party in my kitchen when I saw this. Naturally.

Okay moving on to other things I’m slightly obsessed with; some of you might have seen me post this picture to instagram last week.

20130429-133551.jpg

Those, friends, would be Raspberry Vanilla Chocolate Chip Paleo Healthy Bites made by Lindsay from Cotter Crunch.  If you’ve never tried her Healthy Bites go order some. Right. Now. This second. I actually wish you could smell these through your computer because that would absolutely make you order them.

Now I’m sure after looking at those you probably don’t even want to see another recipe for bites from me.  Buuuuut, you are getting one anyways.  I promise it’s the last one.  For now.  I was talking with my cousin Teri who is also doing the Whole 30 and we pretty much decided that paleo balls are just too dangerous.  Like gone in a 24 hour time span kind of dangerous. Maybe once I gain some self-control  I will make some more? Maybe.  But for now you get Cinnamon Raisin.  And let me tell you, these were the most dangerous yet.  You’ve been warned!

Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Bites

20130429-133536.jpg

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (you could also use unsweetened shredded coconut, same thing!)

4 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or other nut butter)

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp cinnamon

1/4 cup raisins

Directions:

Combine all ingredients besides raisins in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together and all ingredients are incorporated.

Add in raisins and pulse a few times until they are mixed throughout.

Roll into bite-sized balls.

Chow down.

Chocolate Chip Cashew Paleo Bites

I know, I know.  You’re probably thinking, MORE of these stupid balls?  I’m sorry.  I can’t help it guys. I can’t stop making new flavors.  They are just TOO addicting.  You may never see another recipe on here that isn’t in ball form.  Juuuust kidding. Maybe…

Yesterday’s creation might just be the best yet.  Why?  Well because they have chocolate.  And well, doesn’t that pretty much automatically make it the best? It does in my book, that’s for sure!

Oh and by the way, I finally made a Facebook page for Taylor Made.  It’s about time, right?  Check it out here and like it! There’s also a “Like” button on the right-hand side of this page.  Pretty fancy, huh?

Alriiiiiight, now onto the good stuff!

Chocolate Chip Cashew Paleo Bites

20130424-133847.jpg

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (you could also use unsweetened shredded coconut, same thing!)

4 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

1/4 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips/dark chocolate chips

1 tbsp water

Directions: (as if you don’t already have this memorized by now…)

Combine all ingredients besides chocolate chips in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together and all ingredients are incorporated.

Add in chocolate chips and pulse a few times until they are mixed throughout.

Roll into bite-sized balls.

Nom away!

I’d like to tell you guys that this is the last ball recipe you’ll see for awhile so you wouldn’t get completely bored with this blog.  But that would be a straight up lie.  I’m seeing a Cinnamon Raisin version in the very near future😉

I’m sorry, what are finals?

 

Salty Cocoa Paleo Energy Bites

Ohhhh my gosh. How did I possibly forget to mention in yesterday’s post that it was Earth Day!? Luckily I realized it soon after and what better way to celebrate Earth day than with a salad from Whole Foods?😉

20130423-113723.jpg

One of the many things I love about the Whole Foods salad/hot bar is that they list the ingredients of every single dish right on the bar! How cool is that? This salad had kale, mixed greens, grilled chicken, some sort of mongolian beef (which was delish), onions, pecans, and some cranberries.  I also may or may not have hoarded 2 containers of the Zesty Tahini dressing. That. Stuff. Is. Amazeballs. No lie. Yesterday on Twitter I mentioned that I would like to bathe in it. And I was not joking in the least. I desperately need to attempt to recreate it and I think this recipe might just do the trick!

Did anyone else used to watch Gilmore Girls?  My sister and I used to watch it religiously every night on ABC family.  It’s finals week at Ohio State and when I saw this I almost died! I mean if Loreli says it, it’s gotta be true, right?😉

20130423-113727.jpg

Speaking of it being finals week, that also means that major baking mode has set in over here.  Does anyone else do this? It seems like every semester during finals week I find myself baking non-stop. Stress baking? Procrastination baking? A combo of the two? Who knows! On Sunday I made a big batch of these…

20130423-121800.jpg

They are paleo!!!

Lol. Juuuuuust kidding.  Did I fool you?  These are just about the furthest thing from paleo you can get😉 But they are awesome and every time I make them they are a big hit! Thanks, Courtney! I use this recipe but use dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate and add 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips. To. Die. For. I made some for my mom and aunt to take to work this week. They both said everyone loved them!

On the other hand, I have been baking some paleo-friendly goodies too.  Remember these from last week?  I told you I would be experimenting with new flavors! Yesterday I made a similar version with just a couple added ingredients and they turned out awesome! I am loving these snacks!

Salty Cocoa Paleo Energy Bites

20130423-113712.jpg

Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (you could also use unsweetened shredded coconut, same thing!)

4 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together and all ingredients are incorporated.

Roll into bite-sized balls.

Enjoy!

Have a happy Tuesday everyone!

Bacon Wrapped Spinach Egg Muffins

Happy Monday everyone! Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!

This morning I made a new breakfast recipe and wanted to share it.  I eat eggs almost every morning, so I’m always looking for ways to switch up the usual fried egg with avocado (although I have yet to get sick of that combo!😉 )

I’ve seen these “egg muffins” all over the blog world, and finally tested them out for myself! Seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever made. EVER. And they have bacon. How can you even go wrong with bacon? I’ll tell you how. YOU CAN’T.

These would be great to make ahead of time and have to eat throughout the whole week, too.  Or, if you’re short on time in the mornings but still want to make them fresh, these are so easy to pop in the oven while you are getting ready. Literally takes about 30 seconds to prepare!

Bacon Wrapped Spinach Egg Muffins

20130422-101120.jpg

Ingredients:

12 eggs

12 pieces of bacon

spinach

salt and pepper to taste

coconut oil to grease pan

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Spray/grease muffin pan with coconut oil.

Wrap one slice of bacon around each hole in the muffin pan so it covers the sides of the whole.

Crack one egg into each hole.

Add spinach to each egg.

Season with salt and pepper as desired.

Bake until the eggs reach desired consistency. (Less time for a more runny yolk, longer for harder yolk, etc,). Mine took somewhere around 15-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Homemade Paleo Larabar Bites

Hey everyone!

Hope everyone is having a great Thursday. Only one day left until the weekend! Woohoo!🙂

Today was my last day of classes for the semester. Crazy, right? It’s so weird to think that after finals are over next week I will be a SENIOR in college! What? When did that happen?! It seems like just yesterday I was wandering around OSU’s campus on my first day as a freshman like a lost puppy.  Hey, in my defense, it’s a pretty big campus😉

Anyways, on to the important stuff…Food!

One of my absolute favorite on-the-go snacks is Larabars.  They are super convenient, paleo, and have the shortest (clean) ingredient list of any bar out there.  I’ve seen a lot of recipes out there for homemade Larabars, but never got around to trying any…until today that is! I looked at tons of different recipes, but ended up pretty much just winging it with the ingredients I had on hand, and I gotta say, they turned out amazing! Literally just like a Larabar. In ball form.

Homemade Paleo Larabar Bites

20130418-153107.jpg

Ingredients

1 cup raw almonds

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (you could also use unsweetened shredded coconut, same thing!)

4 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

1 tbsp water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together and all ingredients are incorporated.

Roll into bite-sized balls (I got about 16, but you can make them any size you like!)

Enjoy!

How easy is that?

These are a perfect snack to have on hand for a little pick-me-up whenever you need one.  I can’t wait to experiment with other combinations, especially once the Whole30 is over.  Dark chocolate anyone?😉