let's make energy bites
Oh man, nothing is better than a bite-sized snack that packs energy while also being insanely delicious. Sometimes all I want is a small morsel of sweetness, and these energy bites satisfy my craving while being high-protein, low-calorie, and ridiculously tasty. It can be so difficult to find a sweet treat that's both healthy AND doesn't contain ingredients I'm allergic to, but these little bites amazingly check both of those boxes! They also are SO easy and quick to make- no baking required! All you need is a food processor, and you can whip these up in five minutes and have them all week long.
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- 16 oz dates (cheaper to buy them whole, but you'll need to de-pit them!)
- 1 cup nuts (I use 1/2 cup cashews, 1/2 cup almonds)
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 4 tbsp almond butter
- 5 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 tbsp 100% cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Ingredient tips: Enjoy Life chocolate chips are incredible because they are allergy-friendly! I also love them for this recipe because they're tiny, so they mix in seamlessly. Bob's Red Mill is a fantastic option for flaxseed meal because it's gluten-free, so I don't have to worry about cross-contamination.
One of the reasons this recipe is awesome is because it's very flexible; you can substitute a lot of the ingredients based on your own personal preferences/allergies. Using peanut or cashew butter as well as any type of mixed nuts instead of just cashews/almonds would totally work! You can also substitute the flaxseed meal for your choice of protein powder if you would like these to be even more packed with protein. (If you're looking for a gluten-free, soy-free, and tree nut-free protein powder, this hemp protein powder is my favorite!)
Here are the steps for the energy bites:
1. If your dates contain pits, take the pits out and tear them into smaller pieces.
2. Put the dates into the food processor and pulse on low until they start to stick together.
3. Add in the nuts and pulse until chopped.
4. Add in coconut oil, almond butter, flaxseed meal, and cocoa powder, mix on medium until combined and mixture starts to ball on itself.
5. Add in chocolate chips and sea salt, pulse until combined.
6. Remove mixture and roll into balls- using an ice cream scoop makes them the perfect size!
7. Enjoy! You can eat these at room temperature, and store them in the refrigerator. (They'll stick together at room temp, but putting them in the fridge for a little bit will solidify the coconut oil.)
Let me know if you make these and if you used any substitutions, what did you add? I'm so excited to experiment with and try new recipes, and can't wait to add more to the blog! :)