Energy Bites



A bit before, I shared a Build Your Own Oat Bites recipe. This time I am doing energy balls that are grain free and instead of oats use dates! The process is the same and the ingredients are not far off. Below I share with you the base ingredients you need to make them yourself, your way as well as three options to get you started. I recommend looking back at the Oat Bites recipes for more inspiration on flavours because all you really need to do is swap the oats for the dates and vice versa! 


Just like the oat bites they are a mix of healthy carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein, help us stabilize our blood sugar in between meals and stay focused and energized throughout the day. They are really quite simple to make and require NO baking! Plus you can sub the nut butters and nuts for seed based butters and seeds making them school safe for your kid's lunches.



Ingredients:

1 cup of pitted medjool dates

½ cup nut butter

½-1tsp cinnamon or vanilla - optional

½ - 1 cup nuts, seeds or coconut flakes


Remember from my Oat Bites post? You don't have to worry about getting the measurements exact. If you want to add more nuts, seeds, or whatever then go for it! The only thing you have to be mindful of is having enough dates or nut/seed butter to hold everything in place.


Nut/Seed Butters: Almond, peanut (limit and make sure its natural), cashew, brazil nut, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed.


Nuts/seeds: sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax meal, almonds, pistachios, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.


Other: coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, cacao, chocolate chips, dates, protein powder (1 scoop per batch)


Recipes


Option 1: Chocolate Hazelnut

  • 1 cup dates

  • ¼  cup cacao nibs

  • ¾ cup hazelnuts

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

  • ¼ cup almond butter


Option 2: Cashew Coconut

  • 1 cup dates

  • ½ cup cashew

  • ¼ cup coconut flakes

  • ¼ nut/seed butter of choice

  • ¼ ground flax


Option 3: Cranberry Pecan

  • 1 cup dates

  • ½ cup pecans

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries 

  • ½ tsp vanilla

  • ¼ nut butter of choice

  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup

Enjoy!

xo nic


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