Hey everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend My Monday started off interesting with ANOTHER flat tire (WTF?!). Luckily I noticed it after like a block so I just rolled my way to the tire place a few blocks from my house, ha! It was taken care of by 8:30 am I’m glad I get an early start on the day otherwise I probably would have had to wait for a while!
Anyway, I was on my way to Whole Foods at the time so I ended up getting there just a little bit later than I planned but I ended up getting a lovely grocery haul that I wanted to share with you
My beautiful produce haul! From the bottom left corner: Tiny potatoes, mushrooms, green cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, swiss chard, lemons and strawberries.
On the way home I stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up those apricots because I didn’t like the way they looked at Whole Foods. A whole separate trip for one item lol. Also got some Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste.
Some sprouted raw sunflower seeds.
And finally some amaranth. Check out the price on that I want to try popping it for cereal because I’ve heard it’s good! I’ve also heard it can take a while to get the hang of popping it but it’s definitely worth a shot!
When I got home I wanted to make up a fun new bar/ball/snack thing to change it up. I had an idea and I figured it would make a good light breakfast on the go or a quick snack to pop after a tough workout to re-energize. So here’s what I came up with!
Check out these beauties! Isn’t the color stunning? I thought they looked like little gems which inspired the name… Cranberry Apricot Gems. That sounds so much better than balls, right?
The recipe is so simple but I thought you may like it so here it is!
Cranberry Apricot Gems
1 heaping cup dried apricots*
3/4 cup dried cranberries (soaked 30 minutes and patted dry)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1. Process apricots and cranberries in a food processor until a sticky dough forms.
2. Pulse in sunflower seeds until just combined.
3. Form dough into little balls (I used a medium sized ice cream scoop). Put a little water on your hands while rolling so the dough doesn’t stick. It may be a little tough to roll them (it may be a little crumbly) so try packing it together while forming it into a ball.
4. Place Gems in the fridge to firm up. Enjoy as a snack or light breakfast!
*My apricots were soft and luscious but if yours are a little more dry, try soaking for a half hour to plump them up.
I’m so happy with how these came out They are a little sweet and a little tart and have a little crunch from the seeds. A perfect little snack! I’m planning on submitting this recipe for Healthy Vegan Friday this week… my first submission in months! Yay!
I felt really inspired over the weekend and started to brainstorm a bunch of recipes that I want to try out. These gems were the first test and they came out great, I’m really happy with them! Can’t wait to try the rest!
That’s all I’ve got for today. It’s hot and humid and there has been some pretty crazy (read: awesome in my world haha) storms so I’ll probably hang out inside for the afternoon and do some reading. I hope that you are all having a great day and I’ll be back soon!