happy monday everyone!
did you all have nice weekends? my weekend was a mix of busy work and stress as well as lovely times spent with friends. sometimes amidst life’s hectic pace you have to force it to stop by taking time out to breathe, take a break and just enjoy what’s around you. this weekend’s adventures included going to the distillery district’s christmas market to get in the spirit (which i conveniently live 5 minutes from- you can bet i will be going a few more times before it’s over) and heading to a jazz club (the rex) for some wine and good conversation. i really needed the time to just tune out from school and all the stress. it’s a good thing i did too because this week is going to be busy!
christmas market courtesy of my roommate, corrine. isn’t it adorable? the distillery is this great little historic corner of toronto with specialty stores and great coffee. for the christmas market loads of stalls selling christmas-y wares are set up with a merry-go-round, beer tents, pony-rides and a huge christmas tree. i love it!
when life gets crazy, you can never have too many snacks lying around. since starting back up in school i have been a raw “bites” fanatic. seriously, i always have something like this in the fridge/freezer, sometimes multiple types and no combination is ever the same. they are just so portable, tasty and filling that you really can’t go wrong!
these are actually bites i made ages ago. my one’s lately have been date-free versions since the no sugar challenge i’ve been embarking on doesn’t allow for fruit, including dates. i will post a recipe for one of those ones soon. but for now, i will give you this super simple, nut-free date bite that is so simple and delicious, you’ll wonder why you ever buy store bought bars!
when choosing ingredients for these sunflower date bites, i wanted to keep them simple to all the individual ingredients would shine. sometimes i find i throw so many ingredients in, it’s kind of hard to distinguish what’s in them. don’t get me wrong, they always taste good, but i was craving a simpler, fuss-free free bite and these delivered.
plus bonus for those people who are allergic to nuts, these use sunflower seeds and sunflower butter for a delicious nut-free snack. if you are ok with nuts though, feel free to replace the seeds and/or butter with the nut of your choice. they will still be delicious!
these only take a few minutes to make so they are great for people in a rush. they travel easily and can be stored in the fridge or freezer, so you’ll always have a snack handy!
sunflower date bites (vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, raw)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup dates
- 3 tbsp sunflower seed butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch sea salt
- 2 tbsp water
first process the seeds in a food processor until in small pieces, then add everything except the water and process until the dates are broken down. then add the water and process until you have a sticky dough. roll into balls and store in the fridge!
and speaking of needing to remember to take a break, i wanted to share this great graphic on the importance of doing just that. part of being a student means spending a lot more time than i'd like sitting- sitting in class then sitting studying at home. people with office jobs face the same problem. but we’d all be much happier, healthier and more successful if we just took time to breathe every once in a while and got up from our chairs. i have trouble doing this, but i’m always striving to find the balance that will let me!
thanks for this amazing graphic kayla!
have a lovely week everyone!