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Java Chip Almond Butter Dates
 

Java Chip Almond Butter Dates - The perfect pre-workout shake replacement! 

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If you have been here long enough, you know I love medjool dates! Whether they’re in sweet dishes like chai latte donut holes, matcha and mint chip energy balls, and dark chocolate chip protein bites or in savory dishes like bacon wrapped stuffed dates found on my Instagram, I love them all the same. The main reason I use them in these types of dishes is because dates are a natural sweetener like pure maple syrup ( my second favorite ingredient), coconut sugar, and honey.

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As you may have guessed,  dates are a healthier alternative to sugar. Stuffed dates are my ultimate go-to for a pre-workout snack because they’re also great for athletic performance. I would rather have a plant-based food source to naturally energize me than a pre-workout drink that gives me the shakes and keeps me up all night! 

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So, if dates taste sweet and are used in desserts, then how can they ever be good before a workout!? Well, I’m so glad you asked! :) Here are the wonderful benefits of using dates as fuel before a workout: 

  • Dates are packed with slow-burning carbs which are a main fuel source for our muscles during moderate-intensity and high-intensity exercise. The sustained release of carbs refills your body’s glycogen, the main source of energy that is expended during strenuous activity. 

  • Dates contain a significant amount of potassium which is great for muscle cramps! During a sweaty sesh, you need to replenish your potassium and rebalance electrolytes so dates are helpful to prevent post-workout cramping and aid with muscle recovery. 

  • They’re a super easy “on the go” snack. Whether you make the recipe or eat dates on their own, dates are super portable.

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If dates don’t provide you enough energy and alertness before a workout, then this almond butter mixture will! With the addition of a superfood like maca powder (which is great for enhancing energy/mood), I have also added espresso powder. This combo will get you alert and going to the gym! I love using maca powder for this recipe because the flavor provides a honeycomb taste to the butter. By mixing, almond butter, espresso, maca, and ground cinnamon, this combination tastes just like a latte from Starbucks! 

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Now, you can imagine that this almond butter mixture would be bitter considering no sweeteners, but if you dollop this on top of a date, it’s the winning combo! Cacao nibs are also bitter but, I’m telling you, if you have never tried a date before - it literally taste like sugar.

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I hope you enjoy these amazingly delicious java chip almond butter dates before your workout! If you need some workout inspo, I’ve got a plank tabata and a booty workout already planned out for you.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with! 


Java Chip Almond Butter Dates - The perfect pre-workout shake replacement! 

Ingredients

  • 12 medjool dates (pitted)

  • 12-24 raw almonds 

  • ½ cup almond butter

  • 1 tsp espresso powder (or more!)

  • ½ tsp maca powder

  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Toppings

Cacao nibs

Directions

  1. Insert an almond (or two) into each medjool date.

  2. In a small bowl, mix almond butter, espresso powder, ground cinnamon, and maca powder. Spoon about a teaspoon of mixture onto each medjool date. Top each date with cacao nibs. 

  3. In an airtight container, store in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

Notes

  1. If you have leftover almond butter mixture, you can add about a teaspoon of pure maple syrup and spread over a piece of toast, pancakes, waffles, anything!

 
Mindful Matcha and Mint Chip Energy Balls
 

A tiny burst full of superfood energy! Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo friendly, and naturally sweetened.

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Matcha to me is like a fine wine. I only want to drink it during those special occasions when the timing is just right.  Matcha is also not the cheapest thing in the world so you can probably see where I’m going with this but in all reality, I cherish the benefits and the robust flavor that goes along with it.

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You see, matcha comes from the same plant as green tea but since it is made from the entire leaf, it packs in a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. Matcha powder can stand on its own, but why we can take it up a notch by adding cordyceps mushrooms, ashwagandha, ginger, and wheatgrass.

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Okay, let’s pause. I’m sure some of you are asking, “What the heck are these ingredients and why are we adding them”?

Cordyceps Mushrooms: Improves energy, endurance, and strength while helping to reduce fatigue.

Ashwagandha: An herb that can reduce anxiety and stress, help fight depression, boost fertility and may even boost brain function.

Ginger: A spice that is beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.

Wheatgrass: Is prepared from the freshly sprouted leaves of the common wheat plant, Triticum aestivum. Benefits include weight loss, decreased inflammation, lower cholesterol and better blood sugar control.

So, wouldn’t that taste like dirt? I thought the same thing until I used Further Food ‘s mindful matcha powder. The matcha flavor that I love so much masks the earthy flavor of the superfood ingredients, making this powder adaptogenic (herbal pharmaceutical) and superfood enriched! If you are interested in trying their matcha powder, use fromtherootsblog10 for 10% off your first order!

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Matcha can stand on its own, but combining matcha with mint and chocolate really takes these energy balls to a new level. Peppermint extract and cacao nibs really bring out the refreshing tones of matcha while being naturally sweetened with medjool dates.

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I love knowing that I can treat myself to these  first thing in the morning for that burst of refreshing energy or have one as an afternoon or pre-workout snack.

Matcha obsessed? Check out these matcha and carob cookies.

I was not financially compensated for this post. All recipes, photos, and opinions are my own.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo to #fromtherootsblog on Instagram. We love seeing what you come up with!


Ingredients

  • ¾ cup superfine almond flour

  • ¼ cup coconut flakes

  • ¼ cup cacao nibs or mini dark chocolate chips

  • 8 pitted medjool dates

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil

  • 1 Tbsp filtered water

  • 2 tsp mindful matcha powder or regular matcha powder

  • ½ tsp organic peppermint extract

  • Sprinkle of pink himalayan salt

Directions

  1. To a food processor or high powered blender, blend medjool dates until the dates form into a ball. Scoop out and set aside.

  2. To the food processor, add the rest of the ingredients except the cacao nibs and blend until a fine meal is achieved - about 20-30 seconds.

  3. Add the dates back in and blend until fully incorporated: not crumbly, not tacky, but more mold-able. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tsp water in increments. Be sure to taste the dough for desired flavor. Personally, I like to add more peppermint extract to the dough.

  4. Take the mixture out of the processor and transfer to a small bowl. Fold in cacao nibs or chocolate chips.

  5. Scoop out 1 tablespoon amount and form into a ball. Repeat until all dough is formed into balls.

  6. Chill in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving.

  7. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

  • Makes 10-12 balls