Happy Meatless Monday! As you know (or maybe you don’t!), I’m an official Meatless Monday Blogger. Every Monday I bring you an accessible, delicious, and healthy meatless dish. There are so many benefits of going meatless, even just once a week.
A lot of people are intimidated to eat meatless or think that it won’t be satisfying or tasty. I promise, eating vegetarian can be both of those things. I myself am not a vegetarian, but I do eat about a 75% vegetarian diet. One of my favorite things is creating delicious, plant-based meals in new and inspired ways!
And, I know, eating meatless isn’t for everyone. My dad, for example. The only vegetables he eats are potatoes and canned green beans. My mom texted me the other day with “Pop said you inspired him with your Meatless Monday. He bought turkey meatballs.”
To which I replied: “…You know turkey is meat, right?”
“I know. But he said it’s the best he can do.” Well, that was definitely the first time my dad bought turkey meatballs instead of beef, so maybe it’s a start?
I think my dad could eat a steak every single day. I don’t know if I’ll ever convert him into doing Meatless Monday. (In his defense, he’s in the Military and he works out all of the time and stays in shape. But the man just does not like vegetables.)
I have a lot of work to go with him. My mom, on the other hand, I’ve definitely converted. She loves kale now and I’m so proud of her.
What are the benefits of going meatless anyway and why do people do it? I’ve explained it a lot in this post, but you know what? Here’s an infographic for you, anyway! (I love making graphics, any excuse to make one is fine by me.)
On Mondays, when I don’t feel like cooking breakfast (or it’s 100+ degrees, like this weekend was!) or am having a particularly busy day, I love making Energy Bites! Have you hopped aboard the Energy Bites crazy train? They’re perfectly portioned little balls o’ goodness which contain tons of protein and fiber to fill you up and provide you with sustainable energy. They’re also super easy to make, super delicious, and super customize-able. They’re the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and great for busy days.
Today I’m bringing you my favorite Raw Cocao + Almond Energy Bites, created using my favorite brand of nut butter, Artisana Organics. They create absolutely the most delicious raw and organic nut butters out there. Plus, they make these super convenient on-the-go squeeze packs which I just love. (I’m not being paid to say this. Their raw nut butters are honestly the best out there!)
I used their raw and virgin coconut oil and raw almond butter for this recipe.
You can really customize energy bites with pretty much anything you like. Use almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, pecan butter. Use coconut, dates, nuts, dried fruit, protein powders. This is one of my favorite combos because they’re super high in fiber and protein thanks to chia seeds and flax. They’re also crazy chocolate-y due to raw cocao and mini dark chocolate chips. And they’re sweetened with honey (use agave for vegan), so they can really satisfy any sweet craving in a healthy way. I love keeping these and freezer fudge on hand when I’m craving something sweet.
Plus, it couldn’t be more easy. You literally just mix everything in a bowl, roll it into balls, and store them in the fridge. You can also make a large batch and keep these in the freezer, thawing them out as you need them!
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Looking for some other Meatless Monday meals? Just check out the Plant-Based section in the Recipe Index!
- ½ cup raw almond butter
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey (agave for vegan)
- ¼ cup ground flax
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup raw cocao
- ¼ cup dark chocolate mini chips
- Generous pinch of sea salt
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut oil, almond butter, and honey. Stir to mix very well.
- Stir or whisk in the cocao and combine until completely mixed with no lumps.
- Add in the flax, oats, chia seeds, and sea salt. Stir (or mix with your hands) until the mixture is combined well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- If the mixture is too wet to work with, place in the freezer for 5 minutes before rolling.
- Roll the mixture into 1" energy bites. Place in the freezer until firm, then store in an airtight container in the fridge.*