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Oatmeal Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bites

One of my favorite all-time recipe posts for this blog is this one for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bites–they’re the perfect “healthy” sweet treat and are so easy to make with pretty simple ingredients. There are so many variations on these energy bites and I wanted to try something different now that we’ve added almond butter to our grocery list. While we’ll definitely keep buying and enjoying regular peanut butter, it’s nice to have a more nutritious option (even though I hated how almond butter tasted in a PBJ…never again!)

Just like the last batch, these are great as an afternoon snack, pre- or post-workout, or when you want something sweet but are trying to lay off the more processed varieties. If almond butter isn’t your thing, you could certainly use regular PB instead…same goes for the chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and dried cranberries! It’s easy to omit something and add more of another thing based on your preference. And if you’ve made something like this before, I’d love to know how you did it–I plan to make these more regularly in an effort to swerve past our office building reception’s candy bowl each morning :)

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Friday Things

TGIF from springy DC! As much as I love cooler temperatures, there’s something wonderful about the first consecutive warm days of the year and that’s what we’re supposed to get (before rain and a 20 degree drop hit us on Sunday, but beggars can’t be choosers). It was a good social week…I caught up with Victoria over dinner at Sovereign on Monday, finally tried out El Paso Cafe with Katie in her neck of the woods on Tuesday. We’re heading to California after work next Friday and I can’t wait! This trip has been brewing for months and it’s finally here. Lots of links + buys that caught my eye this week are below. Happy Friday!!

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20% Off Everything at Shopbop

Shopbop has a handful of sales a year, but only one (that happens twice a year, I believe), really takes the cake…it’s when you take 20% off your purchase up to $500, and 25% off $500+. So no matter how much you spend, you get at least 20% off with code EVENT18. While many of the items Shopbop carries are too trendy for my taste, they do have a lot of basics and designer items that rarely go on sale, making this deal pretty sweet if you’re looking to invest in something(s). While 20% off isn’t huge—I personally tend to wait for a deeper discount, unless it’s for something that’ll never go on sale—it’s a good time to pick things up for the current season (that typically wouldn’t be marked down yet) or shop in the off-season, since many of those items are already marked down. They also have very few designer exclusions, which is rare.

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