Energy bites are all the rage, and with good reason because they are tasty and you know what goes into them! I have seen lots of inspiration for different bites, and after trying quite a few Larabars, I wanted to try recreating them at home. I love all things peanut butter and eat it frequently with apples, oatmeal, or most frequently a spoon :), so I switched it up and tried these Almond Joy Energy Bites. So good! Even coworker approved
After making these, I started looking onto the backs of some of my favorite Larabars and have some ideas for future bites, including Lemonbars, Keylime bars, and of course the peanut butter jelly ones.
This was my first time using dates in a recipe and I am loving how you can use the natural sugar occurring in the fruit instead of adding it!
Any favorite energy snacks you love?
This weekend was the first wedding celebration of the year and I was super excited for the road trip to St. Louis (Treatyoself weekend!) It has been awhile since I’ve been out of KC and I always love exploring new places. I made an itinerary (love making those lists) but due to the weather and everyones love for weekend brunch, we had to change it up a little. Saturday morning we got to Columbia and had plans on eating at Cafe Berlin but since they didn’t make reservations and were packed we drove downtown to see what we could find. Within 100 feet we saw three different coffee shops and I was in love. My favorite (we tried two different places) was a new place that just opened 2 weeks ago called Shortwave Coffee. It was set in an alley and reminded me of the new place by my house! You can tell when a coffee shop is serious about making their coffee great when they don’t have milk and sugar out to doctor your coffee with. I got a latte and it was delicious. For breakfast I got a breakfast burrito from Main Squeeze. It was filled with spinach, avocados, eggs and an awesome homemade salsa.
After almost running out of gas :/ we made it to Arnold, Mo for the wedding! After the ceremony we had a couple hours before the reception so I wanted to get out and see some of the city. We drove to STL and went to the World Fair Pavillion which was in Forest Park, which is one of the largest urban parks, even bigger than Central Park in NY! The park reminded me somewhat of Balboa Park in San Diego. Somewhat.
We drove around to see the WashU and SLU campuses as well.
We went back to the hotel which served us free cocktails and “evening food” (processed food city!) and spent some time with friends before heading to the reception. We made another stop in Columbia for lunch on the way back at Kaldi’s coffee. I was commenting on how in KC we need a coffee shop that has great food as well like this place does. Then today I saw an announcement that the LatteLand in KC is going to change to Kaldi. I don’t think that will change their food selection though.
All in all it was a great weekend, minus the drive home.. the winter storm tacked on an additional two hours to our drive time as well as a severe amount of anxiety due to seeing 50+ accidents.
I was beyond excited to hear about a new coffee shop opening literally less than a mile from my house, Second Best Coffee. When I went in, I loved the hipster feel and the passion the owner has about coffee.
So far I have tried their Mocha, which is made with Askinosie chocolate from Springfield, which was wonderful. Their cappuccino was stellar as well. If you are looking for a great place for coffee (or breakfast burritos and other baked goods) you should definitely visit this great place.