As a junior in high school, I waited until the very last minute to take physical education. I dance at least three times a week, and ignorantly thought I could somehow opt out, knowing that this is not an option in my school. However, my procrastination led to a learning experience and foodie opportunity for which I am forever grateful.
When one thinks of high school gym, uniforms, dodgeball, and overall dread comes to mind. Boy is reality different! Gym has turned into one of my favorite courses this past year, and I owe it all to my incredible teachers. Not only have I become stronger, (I can actually do REAL push-ups now!), but I have also found a nutrition nut with whom I can share wholesome treats. And that, for me, is the real reward of this course.
Like me, my gym teacher is an advocate of eating to enhance and nourish our bodies in order to become truly healthy. Because of this we often exchange recipes and protein treats, which makes my day ten times better. It is so nice to have someone to share my creations with who is appreciative of my outlook on healthy cooking. Of course my family appreciates it as well, (especially my dad when I make these Chunky Monkey Cookies), but exchanging treats with my teacher gives me yet another chance to share my passion.
This recipe is inspired by the one and only Ms. Kampe. She knows how to make healthy treats taste like dessert, to the point where I have to restrain myself not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. I would have never believed you if you told me I would miss gym next year, but here I stand already, sad that I won’t be able to come to Ms. Kampe’s class. Who knew that gym class could be so transformative!
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup shelled pistachios
- ¼ protein powder (I used Sprout Living Green Kingdom Epic Protein)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ plus 1 tbsp honey
- ¼ cup cashew butter
- Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a thick dough forms. If the mixture is not cohesive enough to form the bites, add an extra tablespoon of honey.
- Form into 12 bites and eat up! Store bites in the fridge for about a week, or the freezer for a few months.