Hello! My friend recently introduced me to a new quick and delicious healthy snack – Date balls! They are sweet and delicious but also made with no artificial or added sugars.
I feel a bit strange calling them date balls, so I am renaming them to energy bites! Made with primarily dates and nuts, you pretty much add whatever seeds/powders (flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, protein powders, etc.) you like to them to switch up the flavoring, but the basic recipe calls for dates and almonds.
You will need a food processor for this recipe, and a lot of patience. But no need to fear! Once you get going, they are surprisingly easy to make!
-1 cup almonds
-6 pitted Organic Medjool Dates
-Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
-Almond Butter (optional: use as a binder for a stickier consistency)
-Chia seeds, flax seeds, etc.
Step 1: Grind the almonds in a food processor until they reach a dusty, flour-like texture.
Step 2: Pit the dates and chop them up into small chunks, then add them into the almond mix in the food processor and pulse for several more minutes.
(It should look something like this by now)
Step 3: Add in 1 tbs of almond butter, coconut oil, or both to use as a binder. (You can sort of wing this depending on the current texture of your mixture. You are going for a sticky consistency so that you will be able to shape it into balls)
Step 4: Add protein powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, or whatever other fun additions you have up your sleeve! Simply pulse the food processor for a couple minutes to get it all mixed in there.
Step 5: Shape into energy bites and store in the fridge for up to two weeks! (Any longer than that, and they may start to taste sort of gummy)
I absolutely LOVE energy bites because they give me a quick boost of protein whenever I feel like I need a pick me up! They make a perfect pre-or post workout snack or are a delicious addition to a breakfast yogurt bowl! I usually store them in the fridge throughout the week and grab one whenever I feel like I need a little burst of sugar.
Happy energy bite making!