Chocolate-Covered Cherry Protein Bites

In my mind I’m a strong and powerful yoga goddess who flows effortlessly from pose to pose making the choice myself not to try my advanced variations (because I’m very in tune to what my body is asking of me, as we goddesses are). In reality, I can’t actually do the more advanced moves, and I found myself mid-flow a couple of weeks ago still wearing my regular bra underneath my sports bra and tank top. After quickly deciding whether it would be more awkward to leave it on for the remainder of class or work to nonchalantly remove it in the middle of class, I wrangled it off whilst in child’s pose (try doing THAT if you want a more advanced version of child’s), I shoved it underneath a towel and kept right on going. Later, when leaving the studio with my mat ever-so-casually slung across my back, I paused for just a moment in the entry area to absorb the soothing scents of the burning incense (errant bra tightly held in my closed fist for discretion, of course) to maintain the vestiges of savasana for a few final breaths. Upon exhaling and turning to leave, that casually hanging mat over my shoulder knocked the burning wax incense off the counter, shattering on the ground and sending that om-like wax flying on to the feet of students waiting to find their own inner peace. I did what anyone would do. I hurriedly scrounged around for shards of glass, both burning and slicing myself all at once, placed them in a pile on the counter, all the while muttering apologies, then turned and scurried out leaving my bra behind me on the floor. I had to go back and get it, since it was my good bra after all. I got to my car, shook my head judgmentally at myself and patted myself on the back for being such a ferocious yoga goddess. Om shanti, y’all.Cherry BitesChocolate-Covered Cherry Protein Bites
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 jar nut butter of choice (I used sunflower seed butter, because hot damn, it’s miraculous)
4 T. chia seeds
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Maple syrup (optional)
5 T. + 1 large scoop coconut oil
5 T. cocoa powder
Dried cherries

In a food processor, mix oats, coconut flakes, nut butter, chia seeds, protein powder, large scoop of coconut oil and maple syrup (amount determined by texture of mixture and desired sweetness). Process until a soft ball of dough forms. If mixture appears too dry, add more nut butter, coconut oil or maple syrup, it should resemble the consistency of cookie dough. In a small bowl, heat 5 tablespoons of coconut oil in microwave until melted (roughly 35 seconds). Combine cocoa powder and stir until the coconut oil looks like melted chocolate**. Shape spoonful of dough mixture into a disc and place 1-2 dried cherries in the center. Roll to form ball around the cherries. Drop ball in “chocolate” and spoon to cover. Remove and place ball on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all dough has been used (roughly 16 balls). There will be leftover coconut oil and cocoa powder mixture. Place baking sheet in freezer 15-20 minutes until “chocolate” has set. Remove from freezer and dip the balls in remaining chocolate again to create a thicker “chocolate” coating. Freeze another 15-20 minutes. Store balls in Tupperware container in the refrigerator or freezer.

**All credit due to my friend and favorite yoga-teacher-not-currently-yoga, Katie, who taught me the coconut oil + cocoa powder = healthyish chocolate trick with these.

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