You know your healthy endeavours are working when you stop enjoying the things that are maybe not so good for you.
It’s also slightly depressing.
Exhibit A: In an attempt to become the best athlete I can be, I am slowly transitioning myself to a largely plant-based diet. Up to this point overloading myself with chicken breast, eggs, and whey protein hasn’t served me much good, so I figured it would at least be a good experiment.
Since October I’ve been “doing the vegan thing” a few times a week, while still eating the occasional chicken breast, omelette, and California roll. Oh, and turkey – I ate a lot of turkey over Christmas.
But when Jordan and I went out for dinner on my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I decided to order myself a big juicy steak. This girl loves her steak.
Except this time, I didn’t. It was seasoned nicely and cooked to perfection, but I just didn’t enjoy it the way I used to.
Exhibit B: During this time I have also been making an effort to reduce my coffee consumption. I’ve had varying levels of success since September, but for the most part have limited it to enjoying my coffee on the weekends only. Except last weekend.
I felt gross and jittery after my usual cup of Coconut Oil Coffee. I thought it was a one-off so I tried it again on Sunday. Same thing.
No desire to eat steak. No desire to drink coffee (except almond milk lattes – bring those babies on!). And quite possibly the most shocking thing…no desire to eat peanut butter?!
WHO AM I?!
I’m not sure if my unwillingness to eat peanut butter is a side effect of incorporating more healthy plants into my life and generally just feeling better (nothing cheers you up like eating PB out of the jar with a spoon), but it’s there. And it’s weird.
So this week when I decided to make some energy balls, I was a little stumped on what I should put in them. Almond butter is out of the question because I can’t justify spending 14 bucks on a jar and I wanted to stay true to my inner desires and leave peanut butter out of the equation.
Fortunately I had some Sun Butter kicking around so I decided to give it a shot, and man were those little balls tasty! I’ve tried Sun Butter on toast and it was a little intense. Pretty heavy on the sunflower seed taste. #Duh But mixed in with some coconut, maple syrup, and dark chocolate chips (vegan, of course), among other things, it tasted amaze-balls! Pun intended.
I adapted these little guys from the energy balls I made a couple of years ago, but the recipe is still fairly similar. The beauty of energy balls is that you really don’t have to follow the recipe. Don’t like cranberries? Don’t use ’em! Don’t like chocolate chips? Leave ’em out!
These tasty little energy balls keep in the freezer and make for delicious morning, afternoon, or evening snacks. But they are addictive, so don’t say I didn’t warn you 😉
Plant-Based Sun Butter Energy Balls
Serves: Approximately…30ish? I don’t know – I keep eating the batter when I make them 😉
You Will Need:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2/3 cup Sun Butter (or any nut/seed butter)
- 1/3 cup plant-based protein powder (reduce to 1/4 cup if using whey)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 cup dried fruit and nuts of choice – I used dried cranberries, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Dash cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Mix reaaaally well – you’ll probably want to get your hands in there to get everything evenly distributed!
- Roll into 1-inch balls, store in the freezer, and enjoy!
*Disclaimer: I was provided two jars of Sun Butter complimentary, but as usual all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. You guys know I would never lie to you!