No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

Sometimes we all need a bit of extra energy. Especially when it comes in the form of a sweet and nutty ball with matcha and dates. These bites literally melt in your mouth! And I absolutely adore the soft texture of the dates with a bit of crunch from the almonds and chia seeds.
No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

I call this the easiest and healthiest dessert, snack, whatever, invented! (My dad called them donkey shit but whatever, it’s the taste that counts, right?) It only takes 5 minutes to blend all 5 ingredients in a food processor before popping them in the fridge for a few hours. I may or may not have also licked the pot sparkling clean while waiting for the bites to firm up.
No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

So you know how last week I made my birthday cake? Well, I taste-tested it with my friends at school and they loved it so much that I made it with one of them again this weekend. (Side note : That friend is also sadly moving away! I will definitely and absolutely miss her.) We made the chocolate cake for the chef at school who always gives us an extra something (like dessert!) when we volunteer during lunch. He’s such a nice person and it was his overwhelming generosity that sparked my friend’s idea to make something for him before school ended. Hopefully he’ll like it and won’t stumble upon this blog post too soon ;). I also want to post the cake recipe on my blog but I can’t take nice photos at school (and I forgot to take photos during my birthday) so the only way that’s going to happen is if I make it a THIRD time. Which knowing me and my sweet tooth, I’ll probably do.
No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

No-Bake Matcha Tahini Energy Bites

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 3 hours (Prep 5 mins)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Healthy bites for energy made with dates, matcha and tahini! You only need a food processor, a fridge, 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to accomplish this.

Ingredients:
7 pitted Medjool dates (1/2 cup), soaked in warm water for 10 minutes and drained
1/4 cup tahini
1 tbsp. matcha powder
2 tbsp. almonds
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. chia seeds

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, blend the dates, tahini, matcha powder, almonds, lemon juice and chia seeds together until everything is blended. If it looks dry, add an extra tbsp. of water.
  2. Using your hands, form around 10 balls and put them in a container to refrigerate for at least 3 hours before eating.
Healthier Pecan Pie with Almond Crust

Healthier Pecan Pie with Almond Crust

On Saturday, I was sitting down, scrolling through my Pinterest, when I found a gorgeous photo of pecan pie. My mom adores this dessert, so I decided to make it. It was much quicker than I thought it would be to make a pie, plus I managed to make it gluten-free and healthier (no butter or sugar).
Healthier Pecan Pie with Almond Crust

We ate the dessert after going out to a restaurant, so I was already dreading taking pictures in the dark and under my yellow kitchen lights. But then I found a perfect — and most unusual — place in the house with white lights: my brother’s room.Read More »

Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

This moist bread will rock your world. It has chai tea, medjool dates, almond milk and oat flour, which work so well together. I had never tried tea in baking before, but now I can tell you that I’m hooked! It tastes delicious and all those spices wafting out of the oven door is killer to the senses.
Chai Infused Date and Oat Bread

I added walnuts on the top, which give it some extra crunch and taste amidst this dense bread. I’ve not been feeling very creative lately, so this recipe is actually a slight adaptation from Feasting On Fruit’s Chai Spiced Quick Bread. It’s fairly easy to make, but wait until the bread has completely cooled down before cutting it. Trust me, or you’ll end up with broken and a bit soggy slices of bread (yeah, I might’ve been a bit impatient).Read More »

Apple Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Apple Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Since breakfast is normally coined the most important meal of the day, you probably understand that skipping breakfast is kinda bad for your health. But do you know why?
Apple Banana Oatmeal with Almond Butter

Some of my friends skip breakfast constantly so this is for you guys ;).

Reasons why you need breakfast:

  1. It gives you energy!
  2. You’re actually less likely to be overweight if you eat breakfast because you’ll feel less compelled to reach for sugary snacks during the day.
  3. It improves memory and concentration levels, so you’ll get better grades at school.
  4. It makes us happier and reduces stress levels.
  5. Provides essential nutrients that you might not get for the rest of the day.

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Almond Crunch Granola

Almond Crunch Granola

My mom has tried so many granola bar recipes and most of them turned out into a crumbly sweet mess that she kinda gave up after a while. But for us, those recipes were never a fail because we got to eat all those sweet nutty little pieces of granola with some berries and yogurt for a snack and it was so good. The crunch of the nuts and oats with the little hint of honey or maple syrup in smooth homemade yogurt? There was no better snack than that.
Almond Crunch Granola

Like doesn’t it look amazing? And it’s made with almond flour so gluten-free is on the table. (Btw, if anyone has food photography tips please feel free to share them 😉 I started reading Nicole Young’s Food photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots and it is super helpful!)Read More »

Healthy Chocolate Fudge

Healthy Chocolate Fudge

Healthy Chocolate Fudge

A rich piece of chocolate for dessert. Sounds good, right? Well what if it was healthy for you? I think that’s even better.

Coconut oil is one of the must-have ingredients in my pantry because I use this healthy oil to substitute for butter and vegetable oil in my baking experiments. There are many reasons why it is considered healthy (I found my info here):

It’s a saturated fat, which is a good kind of fat
Decreases appetite for unhealthy food, such as sugar
Helps kill bacterias
Speeds up your metabolism
Fatty acids in coconut oil can turn into Ketones, which can reduce chances of seizures
Healthy Chocolate Fudge

And mixed with cacao and honey? An unbeatable healthy chocolate dessert. Of course, eating too much of anything is not good for you so don’t eat the entire batch (although I am very tempted to)!Read More »

Blueberry Walnut Applesauce Muffins

Blueberry Walnut Applesauce Muffins

The other day, in my Spanish class, I had a discussion with my substitute teacher about food, and more particularly, eating healthy. She made one remark which really interested me. The teacher told me that she wants to enjoy life and all of its perks, such as food, so if she was presented cupcakes, she would go for it, but then she told me that eating one cupcake is not the same as eating three of the same.
Blueberry Walnut Applesauce Muffins

This conversation prompted me to think about what is truly healthy eating. I have been thinking about it for a very long time and I have discovered a lot of different opinions.

When there are no fats in the recipe.

When you eat the right amounts of food from all the food groups.

Eating more greens and less meat.

Just eating one cupcake.Read More »

No Knead Crusty Bread

This is the easiest bread recipe you’ll ever come across.No Knead Crusty Bread

Takes about 2 to 3 hours in total, but hands-on time? Just 15 minutes. SO simple, and I love to add nuts and raisins in it to change the flavor a bit, but you could add so many other things too!

Been working on the school yearbook and it is such a long process, uploading the photos, then designing the pages, taking the photos (of people who would love to run somewhere else so they don’t get their photo taken!), and so much more things I still haven’t done.

Fun thing is, I’m going on vacation soon! Can’t wait, although I have to take one week off of school so I have to do a lot more work to make up for that. But it’s all for vacation. I love eating different food from different cultures! And I’ll be able to relax there. Hopefully.Read More »

Almond Persimmon Kale Salad

This makes the perfect lunch or side dish for dinner.
Almond Persimmon Kale Salad

Kale doesn’t taste that wonderful on its own, but mixed with a ton of ingredients including persimmon and toasted almonds, I couldn’t stop taking another serving.

It was that good.
Almond Persimmon Kale Salad

Before, my mother never wanted to buy kale, even though she knew it was healthy. She took one look at it in the store, and decided it looked too bland. So we never ate kale a lot, except when someone brought kale salad over to a party. And the kale salads always tasted awesome, but it didn’t change my mother’s opinion on kale.Read More »

Chocolate-Covered Apples

Chocolate-Covered Apples

Halloween’s coming up! Which means tons of sweets, pumpkins, and “scary stuff”. One of the most popular treats at a Halloween party is, of course, those apples dipped in caramel + chocolate + toppings. Now, if you want a bit healthier way to make those, just skip the caramel!

These are so fun to make, just dip the apples in chocolate and coat them with any toppings. They also taste amazing, the kind where the chocolate just melts in your mouth with the sweet, juicy apple. And it works with other fruit too, like bananas and strawberries.
Chocolate-Covered ApplesRead More »