Food has always inspired my creativity as a designer. I follow an enormous number of food bloggers, chefs and real people who just love to share their ‘best of’, socially. Food is love where I come from and I love to follow it everywhere I go. Have you ever been lost in the vortex of time looking through the food books at Chapters? Beautifully designed covers, creatively inspired recipes, mouth watering food photography, unique ingredients from around the world…I appreciate every bit of it! Whether you are new to cooking or well seasoned (har-di-har πŸ˜‰ I encourage you to get inspired creatively and also challenge yourself in the kitchen by trying something new.

If you take look at our Instagram page (follow @creativoadv) you are sure to notice our team loves to share food alongside everything else. As a creative team we often turn to things we love to create magic in something else. At our office, lunch is the best time of the day! (lol) We share new foods and talk about what were making for dinner later, what we found at the farmers market or something new at Costco… Most recently I was introduced to Tamarind (thanks Mom @stagionista) and I instantly fell in LOVE with it. Who doesn’t love new snacks with incredible health benefits! (7 Amazing Benefits of Tamarind).

We are often asked to post recipes after sharing a “#letseat” food pic on Instagram or Facebook. So I’ve decided in addition to our design and marketing blog we will post some of our favourite recipes (why not?). Now let’s get to the good stuff…

If you are new to the world of matcha, my advice is to ease into it. Given matcha’s earthy flavour, I am the first to admit that it is an acquired taste, at first. BUT, once your fall in love with it, you fall hard. Or at least that’s what happened to me. So I went on a quest a couple days ago to make these Nutty Matcha Energy Bites and WOW! They are so good I had to share them with you.

For matcha newbie’s β€” you can’t go wrong with these. Packed with nutrients and antioxidants from matcha, almonds, dates, chia, honey and coconut. What’s not to love! Like most things I make, they are refined sugar free and make the perfect healthy snack. Enjoy!

NUTTY MATCHA ENERGY BITES

Time: About 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

18 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
2 tsp matcha powder
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp flax seeds, ground
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp smooth raw peanut butter
1/4 cup shredded coconut or cookie crumbs, for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS

Soak the dates in boiling water about 5 minutes.

While the dates are soaking, place all of the other ingredients (except the last ΒΌ cup shredded coconut or cookie crumbs for rolling) into a food processor. Process for one minute or until finely chopped and blended.

Using a small size cookie scoop, scoop out balls of mixture. Roll between your hands to create evenly sized balls.

When all balls have been rolled, roll them again through the shredded coconut, cookie crumbs, or some more matcha powder and press firmly into the balls.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes then enjoy.

Makes approximately 20 balls.