Hello from sunny Los Angeles!! I’m currently staying in Santa Monica for my 21st birthday (which is on May 21st). I’m so happy to be back, and am so excited to be spending my 21st birthday in my favourite place on earth.
My last trip to LA was 3 years ago, when I was 18. I came here for my 18th birthday, and that trip changed my life completely. If I hadn’t gone to LA, I would have never started my blog, or found Kundalini Yoga – which I now teach. It’s safe to say that my last trip shaped me into who I am now, and led me down the beautiful, crazy, life path I’m now on.
I decided to come back 3 years later, as turning 21 feels like another big milestone in my life, and I really wanted to come back to the land and thank it for all of the amazing things it brought into my life. I am so grateful to be back here right now, and I truly couldn’t be happier than I am in this very moment.
Before travelling to LA, I made myself a delicious batch of energy bites for the long trip. I’m obsessed with ginger, and love it’s fiery heat – so decided that it would be the perfect flavour for my energy bites, as I knew it would help keep me going through my travels (I ended up staying awake for over 24 hours – and I’ve now managed to sleep for about 11/12 hours over the past 3 days!).
For these energy bites, I used Pili Nuts from Raw & Wild to make them. It was only recently that I tried Pili Nuts for the first time – but I was instantly hooked. They have such an amazing rich, creamy texture, which also makes them perfect for blending into energy bites/bars. Not only do they taste great – but they’re also really good for you too, as they’re very high in vitamin E, magnesium and manganese.
I was very kindly sent these Pili Nuts from Raw & Wild for this post, and you can buy their delicious products online from stores such as Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Partridges, Revital and online here.
They are an amazing food, so I definitely couldn’t wait to start making recipes with them! For these bites, I combined the Pili Nuts with some dates, sultanas, oats, hemp protein, chia seeds, peanut butter, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla and salt. I simply blended everything together, until it had formed a gooey doughy consistency. Then, I rolled the mixture into about 12 balls and rolled them in some dried ground ginger to finish.
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
raw gingerbread pili nut bites
makes about 12 bites
1/2 cup (70g) plain pilli nuts
1/3 cup (35g) oats
1 cup (200g) dates
1/2 cup (70g) sultanas
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp hemp protein powder
3 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all of the ingredients into a high powered blender/food processor, and blend everything together for a few minutes, until everything has broken down and combined into a gooey/cookie dough consistency.
- When this is done, remove the mixture from the blender, and place it into a bowl. Take a spoonful of the mixture, and press it into a ball shape. Then, pour some ground ginger into a bowl, and roll the ball in the ginger to lightly coat it. Repeat this process with the remaining mixture, until it has all been used up. It should make about 12 bites.
- Lastly, serve, or set the bites aside in an airtight container to save for later.
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