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Blog Love from Bites + Bowls!

I have another special post for you today.  One of my besties offered to help out and I love her for that :)  If you don’t know Kelsey, she has a super cool blog, that is FULL of personality, awesome information, fabulous photos, and quick + easy recipes.  She also is the queen of catching random strangers in their finest moments of life and posting about it.  Ohhhh, Kelsey is so great!  Thanks girl!

Quick Chris update – We are out of the woods!!  Chris made great progress today!  His kidney function level took a hefty jump today that we were jumping with joy for.  Well, maybe not jumping, but we definitely high 5’d and hugged it out :)  We’re hoping for more progress tomorrow and possibly a release from the hospital this weekend.  I know that ALL of the love and support from all of you, our family, and friends has SIGnificantly helped.  It has kept our spirits up and kept up positive throughout the week.  All we can say is….

And now to my lovely lady……


It's Kelsey from Bites + Bowls here to spread BLOG LOVE to the dearest of the dear --- the one, the only --- ASHLEY of EDIBLE PERSPECTIVE !!


Quick background ---



We met in a very random way. Kath mentioned to me she was meeting a girl from the farmer's market who made her own granola bars + I had just met Eric who said he had a friend who made granola bars + was meeting a pretty big deal blogger. Long story short -- The big deal blogger was Kath of Kath Eats and the granola bar girl was Ashley of OTA Bars . So we emailed + became instant friends. My third date with Eric was actually at Ashley's house because Ashley's husband was super uper good friends with Eric.  She had us over for GRILLED PIZZA.



When I found out that something was going on with my Colorado besties I had to come up with something to do for them!!

HHHMMMM What can I do for my lovelies that are over 1,000 MILES AWAY?

Everybody loves KELSEY BALLS -- I will make them Kelsey balls!!!!

Yes that is right, my name is Kelsey + I have balls.

The ball making CORE INGREDIENT LIST is quite short:

  • Dates [I prefer organic pitted dates from the bulk section of the grocery]

  • Roasted Salted Peanuts [also from the bulk section]

Whole dates


Scissor chopped dates


Glamor shot of the measured ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup roasted + salted peanuts

  • 1/2 Cup packed with chopped dates

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I don't have a food processor, so I used my knock off magic bullet to get the job done. I divided the peanuts + dates into 3 batches to blend as to not overwhelm the tiny machine.


Using the chopping blade it comes out like this


I just kept adding my small batches into this mixing bowl


Now it's time to talk OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS.

Optional ingredients are OH SO FUN + can be almost anything.  Experiment + play around with ingredients YOU like -- Keep in mind dried items work best to help keep moisture levels low + the consistency favorable.

In these BALLS I used:

  • White chocolate chips [I know I know.. Not the healthiest choice -- but the ones photoed below are very minimally processed compared to most]

  • Dried Cherries

  • CoCoNuT tiny flakes

I chopped the white chocolate chips in the same bullet container that I used to chop the dates + peanuts in earlier -- Heck Yeah less dishes!!!!!!!


Again, I used the same container to chop the cherries as evidenced by the white chocolate residue on the sides of the container!! So HOTT!!


All mixed up in one bowl:

  • date + peanut mix

  • chopped white chocolate

  • chopped dried cherries -- more like cherry paste!!

  • coconut

After the initial mixing I decided to add a small handful of whole dried cherries and coarser chopped white chocolate chips for extra flavor + texture.


Once the mixture is mixed + meets your personal FLAVOR SEAL of APPROVAL bring out your best ball rolling skills + start rollin!!



In the spirit of ASHLEY I decided to be experimental with the small amount of leftover chopped dates.

In the MIX:

  • Raw Walnuts

  • Raw Almonds

  • Chopped Dates

  • Sprinkle of Real Salt

I'd say the ratio was roughly equal of the main three 3 components


The consistency wasn't quite as easy to shape into balls as the original Kelsey Ball mixture, but made EXCELLENT DISCS



KELSEY BALLS -- which can also be formed into bars -- can keep in the fridge for months. They start to dry out after a month or two, but they still taste great.

I take them everywhere -- Road trips, hiking, rock climbing, airport travel. Kids LOVE them too!!

They are based off of the recipe for LARABARS + are much more flavorful [because they are uber fresh when you make them at home] and much more cost effective [less than half the price of purchasing LARABARS in the store].

And yes you can rename them after yourselves, such as "ASHLEY BALLS".

Cheers to happy ball making and a speedy recovery for Chris!!



THANK you Kelsey!!!  I cannot wait to try your balls…

Reader Comments (24)

I'm sorry, but I couldn't help but think about that Schweaty Balls skit on SNL after reading this :) haha love it!!

And I'm so glad Chris is doing better!! I hope things continue to improve (quickly!!)

Happy to hear Chris is doing better!

Kelsey, great balls! :)

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJL Goes Vegan

Mmm these look really good! I'm going to have to wait until I get another new food processor. I'll hopefully NOT break them with these.

Kelsey, I've never been to your blog before, but I'm glad I found you through Ashley!! :)

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Hahah I have never been to your blog Kelsey, but I am adding you to my reader STAT! You are so funny

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChelsey

Thanks ladies!! At B+B I strive to do three things: Make it pretty, Entertain me if no one else, and spread a little nutritional info as I am in school to be an RD one day soon!!


And more extra special love to the lovely McLs in colorado. Your balls will be put in the mail on Monday --- I didn't want them to get stuck in weekend transit. Nobody likes schwwwweaty balls.

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelsey

So glad he is feeling better. What a good idea for a healthy snack to travel with!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Yeah for good news! Glad to hear Chris is making some progress...I am thinking positive thoughts for you today!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Aww what a sweet story! I love hearing about "couple friends" like that. Ashley is lucky to have you as a friend!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaya

Excellent post! I've made that same recipe before, trying to re-create a Larabar bc the ingredients are so simple! They are my favorite healthy treat :-) You should check out the blog Chocolate Covered Katie for tons of recipes for these.

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie@stronghealthyfit

Glad to hear that Chris is doing well. I will continue to pray that his kidney levels climb up!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheFit

Kelsey is such a sweet friend and I'm sure having these valued friendships is so important right now. You and Chris are in our prayers! Love you Ashely!!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I love all these guest bloggers because I'm getting to know about new blogs in this healthy living blog world I have stepped into. One question of advice please, how do you balance reading all these blogs, writing your own, and still leaving time for your husband, work, working out, social life, etc. I'm find the balance difficult when all I really want to do is read everyone's great blogs and write my own! I pray for a speedy recovery for Chris!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya Kummerow

That picture of you guys feeding eachother is pretty much priceless!

Hahaha, Ashley Balls, love it!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

glad to hear chris is doing better. fingers crossed!

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlynn @ the actors diet

mmm i LOVE stuff like this! i just posted a recipe for pb + choco ones! i don't think my family realizes they're just dates and nuts :)

So, so glad that Chris is doing better!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah R

These look awesome! Thanks for the recipe.

Glad to hear Chris is doing better!

Great stuff here, I will get back to read more!

August 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAleisha Folgar

Okay, so call me a third grader, but all the ball talk just CRACKED ME UP!

So glad to hear that things took a positive turn (even though I'm way late reading this). :)

Must pick up ball ingredients ASAP!

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

I'm right there with you ;)

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh good! I hate being the only one to snicker at things I should be old enough to reasonably handle....but choose not to!

August 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

"kelsey balls" LOL. I love this girl. I need to buy dates ASAP!

Question...what kind of dates do you buy? the kind in the bag or the kind in the open box of the produce section at the store?

August 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

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