Hello, friends! It is story time..
When I went on my mini-moon with Jord after our wedding, we stopped in San Fran on our way to Napa. My gem of a friend, Kristine (who I met via Instagram), had these coconut maca balls waiting for me at our hotel when we arrived. They were crunchy, sweet, and full of good-for-you ingredients. Plus they are flat out AMAZING. You can find them at this plant based cafe called Seed+Salt in San Fran.
As a result, they 100% inspired these Maca Superfood Bliss Balls I am sharing with you today.
The fact that someone that I met over Instagram basically inspires me to make a recipe, really shows how much Instagram plays a pretty significant role in my life. Dramatic yes, but so true.
I have always been pretty into Instagram since it first launched my senior year of college (yes, I am that old). I was never much of a Facebook user, and the instant I started posting to Instagram, I was hooked.
Now fast forward a couple years and I was working at a start up company in the beverage industry. This is where the magic began because I was overseeing their Earned Media Department. This ultimately consisted of all social media, public relations and influencer marketing. Instagram was a huge focus for us and we wanted to grow the company’s Instagram account. But we also looked to connect with bloggers with influential Instagrams to help spread the word about our beverage.
As I was working for them, that’s when I started paying more attention to my own Instagram account. I loved where the industry was headed and want to be a part of it from both the blogger and the brand side. I casually started to post some of my breakfast recipes on my Instagram, where I truly never expected anything to come from it. My passion grew even larger over time and I began to get more and more into what I was sharing on my Instagram. Everything from breakfast to dessert to snacks and more. I loved creating a community in the space and to see that people were actually interested in the food I create.
Fast forward a couple of months and I hit my first exciting milestone of 10k on Instagram. I was collaborating with some of my favorite brands in exchange for product and because of this, I eventually built this blog at the end of the summer to further enhance what I was sharing on Instagram.
Next thing you know it is December and I reached a couple of more exciting Instagram milestones. My Instagram community continued to grow and my passion and excitement around my Instagram account was larger than I ever imagined.
As a result of all of this, I am now blogging full time and running my own consulting business. Can I say that the #1 thing it took to get there was Instagram? No. It took a shit load of passion, dedication and HUSTLE. But I can absolutely say that without putting myself out there on Instagram and starting my account, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be a 25 year old working for herself out of her 500 square foot studio in NYC. I would be in another office job.
And now you be asking why I am sharing this story with you. Head over to my Quinoa Tabbouleh Hummus to find out!
Finally, let’s make these DREAMY Maca Superfood Bliss balls.
First of all you will need the golden ingredient, maca (you can read all about maca here). Another key ingredient are the brown rice crisps. They had such a delicious crunchy texture to the balls. Furthermore you will need walnuts, pitted dates, hemp seeds, almond butter and shredded coconut.
Because these ingredients are not easy to mix by hand, you will absolutely need your food processor for sure. While those can be seriously pricey, they are well worth the money. I probably use mine 3-4x a week and that’s not just for blog recipes!
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- 12 pitted medjool dates (make sure they are somewhat soft)
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 2 tablespoons maca powder
- 1/2 cup brown rice crisps
- 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- Begin by adding all ingredients except coconut to your food processor
- Blend together until a dough forms and all ingredients are mixed together
- Using your hands roll the dough into individual balls and place into your tupperware of choice
- Leave in the fridge fora bout 30 minutes and enjoy!
- Finally, these will stay good for about 7 days in fridge and even longer in freezer!
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