I actually ventured out last week and did something social.
While I typically like to hole up in my rut, my husband’s co-worker had a 4th of July barbecue, so we loaded everyone up and trekked over there.
It ended up being enjoyable, but the entire preparation process was exhausting.
Diapers, waters, bathing suits, towels, goggles, hats, sunglasses, and allergy-friendly snacks all topped the list of ‘stuff to bring’.
Yes, I’m that weirdo toting around my own food when I go somewhere.
I try not make a big scene about it, but there always seems to be a nosy onlooker or heckler.
‘Whacha got there?!’ ‘We’ve got plenty of food, you didn’t need to bring your own!’
These people also seem to have the most boisterous voices as well, leaving me cringing a bit from the vocal blast.
I’m sure my sensitivity to the matter doesn’t help either.
This time around, we all ate lunch prior to going, but I knew the girls would get hungry again, especially after swimming for a bit.
In addition to Pink Lady apples and our favorite gooey oatmeal bites, I made a batch of these bean-based, sugar-free goodies for the girls. High in natural protein and low in sugar, my daughters actually love these!
Because I don’t add any sweetener, I flavor them up quite a bit with vanilla and cinnamon, and I also add in a combination of chopped dark and unsweetened chocolate.
They make a great snack and seem to give me a good hit of energy whenever I eat them!
- 15 ounce can white beans or chickpeas (I like Great Northern best), rinsed and drained
- 1 T. nut or seed butter (see Notes)
- 1 T. coconut oil
- 2 T. oats
- 2 T. applesauce
- 1 T. vanilla extract
- 1 t. baking powder
- ¼ t. baking soda
- ⅛ t. sea salt
- 1 t. cinnamon
- ⅓ c. chopped chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Process all the ingredients (except chopped chocolate) until very smooth.
- Pulse in the chocolate.
- Divide the batter among nine paper muffin cups.
- Bake 25-30 minutes.
- Cool 10-15 minutes.
Your nut or seed butter should be thick, not runny. My favorites are peanut butter, coconut butter, my Homemade Pumpkin Seed Butter, or homemade hemp seed butter.
Do you bring your food to parties?