My body has never been as sore as it was this past week and yet for some reason that excites me. I feel like I’m working muscles that I didn’t even know existed and challenging my body as a whole instead of just targeted muscles if that makes any sense. I think I’ve done more pushups this past week than in my entire life. And I won’t lie, watching the instructional videos and having to look at either Zuzana, Lisa Marie or Sean for 10 minutes before working out is pretty motivating.
In case you’re interested these are the workouts I’ve done. I’m not necessarily doing the newest ones they release and have instead been digging through some of the older ones to find something that 1. I understand 2. doesn’t have too many modifications since I don’t have any of their equipment and 3. is a good balance of upper and lower body.
The names are ridiculous and I hate how disorganized their website is in searching for workouts but it’s free so I can’t really complain too much. I’ve also added on some extra things like a 7 minute pushup burpee challenge (otherwise known as hell on earth) and extra ab work to some of these workouts along with warm up and cool downs which are usually a mile jog on the treadmill. Some days I’ve done some HIIT runs on the treadmill in addition to the bodyrock workout, other days the workout (even if it’s only 12 minutes) is plenty by itself.
So what does this have to do with almond carrot balls?
Well there’s a recipe on their homepage for these “power balls” that looked decent except that it basically takes raw dough ball type ingredients, adds baking powder and therefore bakes them for 30 minutes. I thought the whole baking part seemed pointless so I decided to nix the baking powder, make a few tweaks and try them out for myself since we all know I love a good ball recipe.
The dough came together perfectly in the food processor and I ended up with 10 balls that taste like a slightly healthier, raw version of these.
My version on the left, theirs on the right.
Pretty darn close and about 1/4 of the time.
I may look nothing like Lisa Marie (yet!), but at least I can make a decent ball.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup baby carrots
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1½ tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon raisins, chopped
- Combine almonds & oats in a food processor and pulse until almost flour consistency
- Add carrots and process until finely chopped and incorporated.
- Add remaining ingredients except raisins and process until dough comes together and almost forms a ball in the food processor.
- Transfer mixture to a small bowl and fold in chopped raisins.
- Roll into balls.
- Keep refrigerated.