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Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls + Thoughts on Finding Your Voice and Being True to You

February 27, 2017
Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls - 3 main ingredients and 30 minutes to make! You'll love these energy balls! They're raw vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! They're the perfect snack for when you're on the go! | thehealthfulideas.com

We’re at the end of February and even though Spring doesn’t technically start until March 20, the sun is shining and it’s almost 15°C so that almost counts as the beginning of Spring. I can’t help but feel like every change of season is a new beginning, the same way New Year is for most people. And especially spring. I mean, the snow starts disappearing, flowers start blooming, while the mornings are still cold but somehow warmer and more optimistic with the sun shining and morning dew on the grass.

Side note: while writing this I’m listening to the Mellow Workflow playlist on Spotify and it’s giving me major “relaxed but very productive and inspired Monday” vibes. Also, I’m snacking on a GF seed bread with hummus, goat cheese, and arugula which has been my obsession and go-to lately. So delicious.


I’m feeling especially positively charged, creative, inspired, and ready to start new things and move ahead with both my personal life and my business aka my blog. I’m so happy to say that because I’ve been in such a funk these past few weeks, I’ve been unproductive, and overall not in a good place. But hopefully, I’m able to turn things around and take control of my life again, basically.

Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls - 3 main ingredients and 30 minutes to make! You'll love these energy balls! They're raw vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! They're the perfect snack for when you're on the go! | thehealthfulideas.com

Last night I was browsing the internet and reading through my favorite blogs when I stumbled across the Cashew Kitchen blog. It was 100% love at first read, if that’s a thing. Agnes has such great genuine writing style and you can read her personality and her message through her writing and her photography. That’s what inspired my need to find my visual voice and really transform my blog into a space that’s mine. A space that describes me, what I’m all about, my passions, and my message. They do say the best ideas happen at 1 am, right? Probably not but that’s how it works for me anyway. I came to the conclusion that last week, when I said there was something lacking on my blog but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was, it was the “me aspect” that was lacking. I’ve been too focused on creating recipes just for the sole purpose of producing content regularly, trying to please everyone with the stuff I create, caring too much about other people’s opinion. I’ve been focusing on promoting content, SEO, and other boring business stuff while what my posts really needed was a bit more personality. Because the truth it, you’ll never please everyone, it’s impossible. Whether that’s in your personal life or your business, not everyone will like the things you do and that’s just how life works. It’s when you stay true to you and stand up for what you believe in that you find your real tribe, friends, followers, or in general people who believe in you.

I’ve been too focused on creating recipes just for the sole purpose of producing content regularly, trying to please everyone with the stuff I create, caring too much about other people’s opinion. I’ve been focusing on promoting content, SEO, and other boring business stuff while what my posts really needed was a bit more personality. Because the truth it, you’ll never please everyone, it’s impossible. Whether that’s in your personal life or your business, not everyone will like the things you do and that’s just how life works. It’s when you stay true to you and stand up for what you believe in that you find your real tribe, friends, followers, or in general people who believe in you. When talking about blog specifically, the best ones are always those you can clearly distinguish from the rest. The best ones are those where you look at a photo and instantly know who took and edited it and who’s words you’re reading in a blog post. That’s what I’m striving for and that’s what the following to do list is for. And in case you have the same goals as me, I hope it inspires you and motivates you to work on those things too. :)

March To-Do List (blog and finding your voice related)

  • Do this exercise
  • Find a photo editing style I’m happy with (I’ve been spending hours editing and re-editing photos in lightroom lately totally indecisive about how I want them to look) ⇒ get a look that’s true to my brand
  • Seach for camera lenses I’d possibly buy in the near future to change up the look and feel of my photos
  • Write from the heart, be genuine, be yourself, tell a story, and talk about other things than how delicious a certain recipe is.
  • Review my blog’s categories, organize them, create new ones if needed – all based on what I want my blog to be about and what message I want to portray
  • Brainstorm new logo ideas (Maybe? – not sure if I want to do this yet but sometimes you have to make a big change when you’re feeling stuck, to feel creative again)
  • Develop and test recipes (obviously)
  • Brainstorm new blog post ideas I’m passionate about that aren’t recipes
  • Be more organized and plan blog posts and all things related to my blog more in advance
  • Get into video more (in case I still have time for it with all the other things)

Okay, those are all my thoughts on that topic, now let’s make some Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls! These are actually ridiculously easy, you won’t even believe it. I mean, you only need 3 INGREDIENTS?! How awesome is that? Dried apricots, brazil nuts, vanilla, and that’s about it! You also add sea salt but who doesn’t have salt, right. Oh and cinnamon but that’s totally optional.

I hope you enjoy these and if you do, let me know how they were, I’d love to know! :)

xo Veronika

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Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls + Thoughts on Finding Your Voice and Being True to You
 
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Recipe type: snack
Serves: around 25 balls
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup brazil nuts
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cinnamon (depending on how much you like it, can be omitted completely)
  • pinch sea salt or Himalayan pink salt
  • ½ cup packed dried pitted apricots
  • 3-4 Medjool dates (if needed, or sub more dried apricots)
Instructions
  1. Place the brazil nuts, vanilla powder, cinnamon, and salt into a food processor and pulse a few times until you get coarse crumble (process them less to keep the energy balls crunchier with visible pieces of nuts or more to make them softer).
  2. Add the dried apricots and process until they all break-up and start forming a dough. If it's not sticking together well, add the dates or more apricots. Dates will make it sweeter.
  3. When try to form a ball and if it's good, scoop it all out and start forming small balls (I did about ½ tbsp each).
  4. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. They might be soft fo all the processing and rolling out but they will harden up in the fridge. They should keep for 1-2 weeks. Or store them in the freezer for 1-2 months and just defrost a few every time you want a snack.

Apricot Brazil Nut Energy Balls - 3 main ingredients and 30 minutes to make! You'll love these energy balls! They're raw vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! They're the perfect snack for when you're on the go! | thehealthfulideas.com


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50 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany February 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    These look so yummy & healthy! Must try them out !

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks, Tiffany! :)

  • Reply Tina C. February 27, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I love this idea!!! I am training for a full marathon and this looks like an excellent source of quick calories! I have to substitute the apricot, maybe dates?

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm

      Yes you can totally use dates here! :)

  • Reply Anna February 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    OMG those look delicious! I love apricots! Are those a special kind of apricot? I’ve never seen them so dark. Definitely saving this recipe to make later.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks! The regular bright orange dried apricots are treated with sulfur dioxide gas to prevent oxidation which is something I like to avoid. The ones I use aren’t so they turn brown naturally during the drying process :)

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine February 27, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    O yes, I love it! Agnes is amazing and so inspiring with her writing and photography!
    It is so important to stay true to your voice and not let other outside forces muddle it and get in the way!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Totally! You can always remember the bloggers who are different in some way, the others just blend into the background.

  • Reply Beth February 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Yes! These look amazing. Kind of wish you lived next store to bring some over. Will have to try to make at home!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      haha if only I could send them through the screen!

  • Reply Leslie February 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    These would be great for breakfast! Good luck with your March goals! I would like to focus on being more genuine in my posts too.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! <3

  • Reply Carmen Baguio February 28, 2017 at 3:13 am

    These look so yummy! They look like just the thing to tide me over in the afternoon so I don’t reach for the chips!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 28, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Carmen! Yep, they’re an awesome afternoon pick-me-up snack! :)

  • Reply Jessica Bradshaw (@loveyoumoretoo) February 28, 2017 at 4:30 am

    These look delicious!!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas February 28, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks, Jessica! :)

  • Reply Meaghan March 1, 2017 at 1:26 am

    I saved this recipe so I can make it! It looks so delicious and the perfect snack before the gym. Thanks for sharing!

    Meaghan xx

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Yay! Thanks Meaghan! Let me know how you liked them if you end up making them :)

  • Reply Amanda March 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I love your recipes! I totally get your challenge with the blogging, and how you are moving forward. Can’t wait to see how it is going for you in the future. BTW…LOVE apricots. Recipe is a keeper.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you so much, Amanda!

  • Reply Allison March 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    These look delicious! I love energy balls but haven’t thought about using apricots!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Me neither! I’d always used dates. These are really delicious and not as sweet as ones with dates only.

  • Reply Giustina March 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I’ve never made or tried energy balls before, but these look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      Oh you should definitely make some! They’re such a handy snack :)

  • Reply Sarah Ricker March 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    These sound delish! I always love a good energy bite recipe to have around the house-keeps me from reaching for the real sweets!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Same here! Thanks for checking them out! :)

  • Reply Rebecca March 1, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    I love these kinds of energy balls! They are so easy to make and deeelicious. I’ll have to try your recipe out soon! Apricot and Brazil Nuts sound so good right now.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      Me too, they’re the best snack! :)

  • Reply Jane Davidson March 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    These look AMAZING! I like energy balls but these ones look like some of the best I’ve ever seen. Pinned for later!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Jane!<3

  • Reply Clarissa March 1, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Paleo energy bites?! YES PLEASE! I’m so stoked to try these out this weekend! <3 Pinning!

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Yay! Hope you love them! Let me know how they were if you make them :)

  • Reply Dorothy March 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    wow this is interestingI havent used apricot yet in my baked items. Also havent made energy balls before, closest i got was cake balls lol

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 1, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I haven’t used dried apricots in baking yet either but they’re amazing in these energy balls! ;)

  • Reply Chrissy March 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Mmh, yummy and healthy. The perfect combination!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks, Chrissy!

  • Reply Kristine-Bites of Flavor March 2, 2017 at 12:48 am

    These sound like a dream! I love anything that is packed with amazing flavors and no bake! Definitely making these soon!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Yay! Thanks for checking them out! Hope you love them :)

  • Reply Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary March 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

    These look so yummy! I’ll definitely be making them!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks Amanda!<3

  • Reply Danielle March 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    First off, those Energy Balls look and sound amazing. Second off, it is so easy to run yourself ragged trying to blog and please everyone. In the end you end up burnt out, which is no good for anything.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you! And exactly. It’s just not worth it.

  • Reply Helen March 2, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Those look amazing. I love foods that are the perfect combination of delicious and healthy.

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks, Helen!<3

  • Reply adriana March 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    These look so delicious! I need to try making these, they’re such a perfect snack!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks, Adriana! Le me know how they were if you end up making them :)

  • Reply Joscelyn | Wife Mama Foodie March 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    These sound so healthy and delicious! I make something like this, but I’ll have to try with bazil nuts and apricots next time!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 2, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks Jocelyn! You’ll love these! It’s such an easy snack :)

  • Reply rachel March 3, 2017 at 3:20 am

    These look so delicious! I’ll have to try them!

    • Veronika | thehealthfulideas
      Reply Veronika | thehealthfulideas March 3, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      Hope you enjoy! :)

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