I’m popping off this spinning merry-go-round of life to drop by with a recipe for you all. It’s been crazy busy here…I know you all can relate. My oldest daughter turned 14 (how is that possible??) at the beginning of March and we had an amazing, incredible birthday party for her at my dear sister-in-law’s house. Daughter’s requests were: chocolate fountain, cotton candy machine, messy twister and tiki torches….and lots of friends to help celebrate! I’m so blessed that not only were we able to deliver, but that my sister-in-law was such a huge help….it was SO much fun to share the workload with another mom and friend. 😉
Then we went right into prepping for our Daniel Fast which started last Friday. We’re doing a 21 day Daniel Fast with our church. Some of you may remember when we did this last year. It was so amazing last year, that hubby and I were excited to have the experience again this year. To refresh your memory, we’ve given up meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, sweets, all sugars even natural ones, yeast and leavening, white flour, caffeine and alcohol. We eat vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Pretty basic, and definitely a huge stretch for my meat loving hubby. But he’s doing GREAT and says his body has never felt better. He said this last year!
This has been an even bigger adventure for me than last year due to my food intolerances. Ever since summer I’ve been so nervous about eating fruits and veggies, and had gotten used to my standard bagel with butter everyday. Last year I felt comfortable transitioning to these foods, and this year I was ambivalent and nervous that I’d wreck my stomach. During a fast you deprive yourself of certain foods and when you feel deprived you turn to God in prayer. You carve out much more time for Him, and tune out more of the distractions of the world. Hence as a result…I’ve noticed I’ve been on instagram less, facebook less and yes, even my blogging has suffered. I’ve missed you!
But it’s been a time of blessing! I don’t feel deprived or like I’m missing out. I will confess that last weekend was TOUGH!! In preparation for the fast I indulged a little last week (we stopped and bought some of the easter candy that we look forward to…robin’s eggs and jellybeans and chocolate covered marshmallow). We didn’t binge or overdue it, but I think I had quite a bit of sugar in my system when the fast started last Friday. We even went out to eat as a family last Thursday night which we rarely do so it was a nice treat! We ate out at a steakhouse. 😉
As a result, last weekend my body majorly rebelled. I had aches and pains unimaginable from the sugar detox and caffeine withdrawal. WOW!! I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. Headaches also. I couldn’t believe it lasted for 3 full days, and finally Monday I started feeling relief. Thankfully… because I had some deadlines to meet at hubby’s office Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday I picked back up my homeschool mom hat as we ventured down to the science museum on a field trip. Thursdays are always busy, and this afternoon we have our homeschool park day and teen leadership meeting so I’m thankful to have a bit of time this morning to share this recipe with you.
These energy bites are a recipe I made last year during our fast. They were a huge hit since we no real dessert options other than fruit right now. It’s a huge hit with hubby because of the peanut butter. It’s actually VERY easy too. Take a big bowl…dump in your oats, unsweetened coconut, peanut butter, crushed walnuts or any nuts/flax seed, salt, raisins and date honey which is easy to make. Since the date honey takes about an hour to make, you can probably also used unsweetened applesauce or mashed ripe banana. This part is your sweetener along with the raisins. Roll them into balls and place on wax paper and place in the fridge.
These are super tasty for a dessert or a snack. Secret recipe club is coming up Monday, but hopefully now that my first week of the fast is done and all the prep work that goes with it…I’m hoping to share a few Daniel Fast recipes I’ve been making if you’re interested. We have quite a large group of friends doing the fast as well, so it’s been neat sharing food ideas with each other.
Have you ever done the Daniel Fast or heard of it? Other types of fasting you’ve done in the past? I’ve been so interested hearing all that God has been doing in others’ lives when they’ve fasted and how they felt during the fast.
- 1⅓ cups oats, organic preferred
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (I buy in bulk at Whole Foods)
- ½ cup natural peanut butter (no added sugar or molasses)
- ½ cup crushed walnuts, any nut or ground flax seed
- ½ cup date honey (link to recipe in post) or maybe mashed ripe banana would work
- ½ cup raisins, organic preferred
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Mix all ingredients in a big bowl.
- Roll into small balls and place on wax paper.
- Refrigerate to harden and chill. Keep stored in fridge.
- Makes 28 balls.