Hi Bloggie Friends, how’s the weekend been going for you?  Did you enjoy some down time after New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day?  Although I’ve loved the holidays, I am glad to be getting on with life and back to routines, order, and putting some of the Festiveness of ‘Tis the Season up on the non-garland-decked shelf.  It’s time for me to move on and get back into day-to-day life.  Are you glad the holiday season is now officially over? 

I’m glad you enjoyed my Highlights and Review Post from yesterday where I recapped everything from the past week.  And since last week was kinda a fun week being in Aruba and on vacation, there’s plenty of pictures from our trip

White sandy beach in Aruba
Beach in Aruba with people and boats in water
Woman and Child hugging in front of water feature
Young girl standing in front of bush in swimsuit
Woman standing on beach at sunset

And of course Pictures of Holiday Surprises

Collage of Christmas Cards
My Sweet Vegan Book 
 Go Dairy Free Book

And Foodie Pics

Salad with Vegetables
 
Mixed Green Salad with VegetablesSauteed Vegetables in pan
 Close up of Mixed Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing
Protein Bar out of packaging split in half

But out with the old, and in with the new!!  It’s a new week, a new year, and time for my first big recipe reveal of 2010:

Averie’s Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls-No Bake/Gluten/Soy-Free/10 Minute Recipe!

1/4 c Peanuts
1/2 c Medjool Dates
1-2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter (*Note: I used Sunflower Seed Butter because hands down, this is my favorite nut butter but feel free to use Peanut, Almond, Sunflower Seed, Walnut, Chocolate PB, or any of the Fancy & Unique Nut Butters out there)
Optional: 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar (If you like sweet treats like I do, add it.  If you’re ok with less sweet things, omit or swap out with 2 Tbsp Agave or Maple Syrup, Stevia to taste, lucama powder, etc.)
Yields: Approximately 22 Small-ish Balls

Steps
1/4 c Peanuts

Peanuts in blender

Grind in VitaMix (or food processor of your choice)

Ground up Peanuts

Add in the 1/2 c Dates, and the 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Dates and Vanilla Extract added to blender

Grind

Ground up mixture

Add in the Nut Butter (Sunflower Seed Butter for me!!!) and the brown sugar or other sweetener if you’re using it

Nut Butter and Brown Sugar added to ground up mixture

Grind and Remove Dough and bring it to your working surface which for me is just a plate

Ground ingredients for Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls
Close up of dough on plate

Form into balls

Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls formed

Enjoy!!!

Close up of Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls

These will keep for weeks in the fridge or freezer.

Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls on white plate
But, I dare you to try to keep them past a day or two.

Optional Recipe Tweaks/Alterations:
Add 2 Tbsp PB2 to the MixtureI think this would be excellent!
Add a dusting of cocoa powder, carob powder, or powdered sugar to the finished balls
Roll in Cinnamon & Sugar at the end
Roll in Cocoa, Carob, Carob Nibs at the end
Roll in shredded coconut
Add 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder to the Mixture for Chocolate Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls!!
Add pumpkin puree to the dough, about 2-3 Tbsp for Peanut Butter Vanilla Pumpkin Balls
Add 1-2 Tbsp Molasses to the Mixture for Peanut Butter Vanilla-Spiced Balls
Add in chocolate chips, raisins or other dried fruit to the mixture
Flatten or mold into larger cookie shapes
Dehydrate or Bake for 5-7 Minutes in a 350F oven (just a guess on the oven time/temp) for more of a crunchy and less chewy ball

I think the Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls are amazing because they are Vegan, gluten free, soy-free, no-bake (I would call them high raw but others may disagree with the labeling of that), and they are ready to go in less than 10 Minutes

Plated Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls

….But I adore them beause they are like beautiful little bombs of Peanut Butter, or in my case Sunflower Seed Butter!!!, going off in my mouth and they seriously rock my tastebuds. 

Plus, the little bit of Chewy Factor at play just makes them The Perfect Ball (for this week…haha! because, in the past, I’ve said that about my High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
And thanks in just the last few weeks to: Evan, Erin, Bekah, Maggie, ShannonMarie, and Pam for trying this recipe of mine in your own kitchen and telling me about it! 

And there’s my Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls

 Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls

Or my High Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls

High Raw Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Dough Balls

 my Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

Vegan Sugar Cookie Dough Balls

But really, I am totally groovin’ on the Peanut Butter Vanilla BallsOr in my case, Sunflower Seed Butter Vanilla Balls (a mouthful to say and type!).  They’re my newest Ball Obsession.

And now, I present you with Ball Humor.  If you don’t have a sense of humor or you’re mind is firmly out of the gutter, then go ahead and stop reading now.  For the rest of us, enjoy my little Ball Jokes!  Katie’s got some Sex Bomb Babies, too if you don’t get enough gutter-talk here!

Juicy Balls

Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container

Greasy Balls

Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls on white plate

Soaking Wet (Sunflower Seed Butter) Balls

Close up Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls on plate

Don’t Freeze your Balls Off!  (these just came out of the freezer)

Frozen Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container

You Must Have Ice Running Through your Balls!

Close up Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls frozen in container

My balls are chilly!

Frozen Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container

Don’t get your Balls in a Wad

Close up of defrosting Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls

Stackable Stack-A-Ball (get it, ha-ha!)  

Stacked Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container

 Go Thaw Your Balls Out (15 minutes post-freezer)

Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls thawing out on countertop

Leaning Tower of Pisa Balls  

Stacked Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls thawing out on countertop

Ok, I’m Done….For now…. 

Moving Along!!!!
In an effort to free up some room on my memory stick for my camera, I accidentally deleted a mere 1000+ pictures!  Good thing they’re all on my iPhoto and good thing that’s Backed Up in my Backup Drive.  Remember this post, whew, good thinkin‘!

 Backup Drive

Accidental deletion Included some of the just-captured dinner pics so I don’t have tons, but nothing new here, as I mentioned in the last post: variation on a kale theme is the dinner du-jourAs in, every “du jour”.  Hey, kale & brock are my crack.  I love it and there are far worse things than being in love with greenery!  

Tonight’s dinner was the standard Kale, Cauli, Brock, & Cuke Salad Din-Din

Kale salad with mixed vegetables

With Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Lidded jar of Vegan Slaw Dressing
Mixed Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

Earlier in the Day, I made Scott a bowl of oats with cinnamon, brown sugar…

Oatmeal topped with banana slices and butterscotch chips

…and garnished it with banana slices and butterscotch chips.  He said it was great!!!

Close up of banana and butterscotch chip topped oatmeal

Dessert for me, but is there even a question?  Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter Vanilla Balls!!!!

Vegan Sunflower Seed Butter Vanilla Balls

Yoga Today is Kukkutasana
Full lotus first, but be sure to warm up your Hips and pay attention to your hip opening, rather than just thinking this pose is about the knees, when entering full lotusThen, insert your arms through the holesThen lift off.   Lean Forward if you’re lifting off.  Way more so than you think you need to.  You need to bring your center of gravity forward or else your bootay is going to weigh you back and downward and you won’t achieve liftoff.

Woman doing Kukkutasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.  Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.
Stop living in the past thinking what if this had happened, or what if I had done that.  And equally so, try not to let your mind race to the future.  It will be here soon enough.  No need to try to map out each and every step of the way.  Our yoga, our work, is living mindfully in the present and honoring the life we have in front of us Right Now and finding beauty in the present. 

I am just as guilty as the next person of not living in the moment.  I don’t ruminate about the past.  I don’t live with regrets.  I let go of things very easily.  However, I am a planner, controller, organizer, orchestrator, and it is my work to not obsess of the future and the what if’s down the line. 

What’s your work?  Is it easy for your to live in the present or do you find yourself either trying to re-write history and the past, or do you jump ahead of yourself and try to forecast the future and plan everything out, step by step? Fill me in!

And to keep it lighter, you can also feel free to give me any Ball Jokes and one-liners if you’ve got ball jokes burning a hole in your pocket!

Stay Tuned For A Fun Facts Post…

 

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