A tough week calls for chocolate

Hey friends, how was your Memorial Day weekend? Just think, you only have 3 work days left! I don’t know about you, but I used to love the feeling of 4-day weeks in my corporate job. Waking up on Wednesday thinking it’s Tuesday and finding out it’s mid-week is nothing short of FABULOUS. Anyway, my weekend wasn’t a long one, but it was still a good one nonetheless! We had a fun Saturday that consisted of:
A walk along the water:
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(Such a nice pose he did for me  LOL)

Homemade scones from Hervey’s Range Tea Rooms:
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(Cinnamon apple for her, blueberry for him)

Tourist activities:
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Laughing like crazy at the movies:
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Noshing on delicious pizza:
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(minus the olives!)

…and seeing the perfect sunset:
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Loving these unbelievable sunsets!

I loved everything about this day because it was just fun. I REALLY needed it before the crazy week I knew I was about to have/am having (last week of classes + exam preparation + work + studying =chaos).  Unfortunately, Saturday came and went too quickly and Monday began a tough week of craziness. In my opinion, tough weeks call for chocolate and this week is certainly no exception! When I’m stressed,  my favorite thing to do is bake (just like my Mom), so I figured a nutritious snack to get me through all of this studying wouldn’t hurt.  I loved the last protein bites I made but I’ve been wanting to experiment with a different kind, and I wanted to involve chocolate. So that’s just what I did, in the form of Chocolate Almond and  Coconut Energy Bites. My inspiration for these was this beauty:
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I was ecstatic when I read Kristy’s blog and found out that Almond Breeze Chocolate Almond Milk was available in Australia. I incorporated this into these bites, along with cocoa powder and chocolate chips to fulfill my sweet tooth. The protein in these bites comes in the form of oats, sunflower butter (or any nut butter) and quinoa flakes. Protein and chocolate? Yes please! These have been a perfect pick-me-up all week.  I’ve eaten them as pre-and-post work-out snacks, taken them to class and to work to eat on my breaks, and have thoroughly been enjoying a few for dessert each night. If you try them, I hope you like them!

Chocolate Almond and Coconut Energy Bites
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Ingredients:
1 cup oats (I used whole oats)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
3 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup slivered almonds (or your nut of choice)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey (I combined the two)
2/3 cup nut butter (I used sunflower butter)
1/4-1/2 cup Chocolate Almond Breeze Almond Milk

Directions:
1) Combine the oats, coconut, quinoa flakes,  cocoa powder, almonds, raisins, and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl.
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2) In another mixing bowl, combine vanilla, syrup/honey, and nut butter. Pour this onto your dry ingredients and stir well, slowly adding-in the chocolate almond milk as you stir. (I needed a little under 1/2 cup of almond milk by the end to get the mixture to the right consistency).
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3) Cover and chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Then roll into ball formation.
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I rolled half of mine into shredded coconut for an extra garnish, but that is optional! 
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Store in an air-tight container in the fridge and enjoy!
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I think you could classify me as borderline obsessed with energy bites at this point, but I’m okay with that. Off to study and enjoy a couple of these gems on the side : –)
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What are your go-to de-stressing activities?
My top three are baking, shopping, and exercising!

What foods do you crave when you’re stressed?
For me, it’s chocolate and pizza!

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31 thoughts on “A tough week calls for chocolate

  1. Looks like a perfect Saturday! Townsville looks so lovely :) Your week will be over and done with in no time. Just keep eating those delicious chocolate balls of energy! I made a similar version a few weeks ago and they were gone far too quickly.

    De-Stressing Activities: Shopping, Exercising, Wine Consumption, Writing, and More Shopping… ;)

  2. Oh wow that sunset is gorgeous!! and those chocolate coconut protein balls look insanely good!! i always crave pizza and chocolate when im stressed too! also sometimes a huge bowl of pasta (haha gotta love those carbs in times of stress) my go-to activities for de-stressing are exercising, doing crosswords, and getting drinks with my boyfriend and/or girl friends

  3. Looks like a super Fun weekend!! And you said it correctly – “Waking up on Wednesday thinking it’s Tuesday and finding out it’s mid-week is nothing short of FABULOUS.” Sooo true! And wow, those protein bites look great! I think I may try them (minus the cocout for me). I’ve been meaning to maky my own healthy/chocolate-y snack for a while now and that recipe looks perfect! Do they keep long in the fridge? Or do you have to freeze them to preserve them longer?

    • Thanks Koryn! They keep for at least 7-10 days in the fridge. I always finish them up within a week, so I haven’t frozen any yet, but I’m sure they’d be okay in the freezer too!

  4. Yum!!! I need to look for quinoa flakes because I would love to make these! That sunset is unbelievable!! I love touristy activities, too! And, it’s nice to see you wearing a long sleeved SOMETHING hahaha is it finally cooling down a bit?

  5. I COMPLETELY agree that a tough week calls for chocolate. It’s got well-documented therapeutic properties…ok, that’s totally not true (I don’t think anyone has studied its therapeutic properties, so really, they haven’t been discovered yet — but when they are, you’ll be able to say you knew it all along). But still, your stress management techniques are the bomb diggity. Baking? Awesome. Baking with chocolate? Doubly awesome. :)

    As for me, my stress busting techniques usually involve exercise, baking, talking to Brandon/my mom/my bestie, and shopping. I try to limit the shopping as much as possible since I’d love to be able to save some moolah, but occasionally my proximity to Marshall’s gets the best of me. C’est la vie!

    • Oh my gosh Lillian when I lived right in Boston my de-stressing activities involved two things: Marshalls and TJ Maxx! hehe I totally hear you on that!

  6. All your pictures from your weekend look wonderful, especially that sunset and that pizza! Yum! And I adore scones – haven’t had one in SO long and now I want one!! You may ship me one of those, if you want! :) Good luck studying and everything for your exams this week! I believe in you!!!
    Yum to those chocolate protein balls – glad you found the chocolate milk over there! :) Score!

  7. It sounds like you had a very enjoyable weekend! The Hangover will always remind me of my first date with my boyfriend 4 years ago because we saw it together that night, not knowing what to expect. Such a funny series.

  8. OHH yes, chocolate makes everything just a little bit better. I crave PB and chocolate when I am stressed, and bread. GOOD warm bread. I hope your week is going well, just a few more days!

  9. That sunset is spectacular!!!
    A tough day (like today) definitely ended with red wine and chocolate. I found this coffee flavored stuffed dark chocolate in the international section and I am obsessed.

  10. The only thing better than a 3 day weekend is a 4 day work week (except when you’re on a tight deadline – ahhh!)! Hope all of your exams are going well.

    You can come over here and stress out anytime because those chocolate bites look like heaven!

  11. With that pose, Brandon looks like the commando from the Biggest Loser haha!

    Cinnamon apple scones sound divine – I need to try making GF scones as I haven’t had scones in so long!!

    Those energy bites look absolutely divine!

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