Looking for an energy boost? Try these energy bite recipes
Eliminating processed foods from our diets is a critical part of any spoonie’s wellness plan. Artificial colors and flavorings along with overly processed foods like sugar and corn syrup are inflammatory in nature and add stress into our already stressed system. But admittedly there are times I just want something quick and sweet – maybe with an afternoon cup of tea or coffee when energy levels really start to dip for me. I started experimenting with some different energy bite recipes largely for sweet Hana, my volleyball athlete who is working on healthifing her diet (yes, I made up that word)
What I found is that while I like to keep carbs on the low side, these energy bites are not only delicious but also help me keep my energy level more consistent during the day. And they satisfy my sweet tooth. Win-win!
Here are a couple recipes that we really like. The only thing you must have for these recipes is a food processor.
Cherry-Pistachio Energy Bites
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup pistachio nuts (divided in half)
1-1/2 cup dried unsweetened cherries
10-12 medjool dates (pitted)
1-2 teaspoons water
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Take 1/2 cup of pistachios and pulse in food processor until fine. Sit aside
Put almonds in food processor and blend until fine, add cherries, dates, salt and 1 teaspoon of water. Blend until you’ve created a ball of dough. Add in remaining pistachios and additional water if needed. Blend until pistachios are well combined.
Scoop out approximately 1 tablespoon of dough, roll to form a ball and roll in the pistachio meal. Store in refrigerator. Makes 20-24 energy bites.
Almond Cinnamon energy bites
1 cup almonds
3/4 cup almond butter
2 T chia seeds
1/2 c flax meal (+1/4 cup for rolling)
4 Tablespoons maple syrup (or 4-6 dates)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Add almonds to food processor and blend until course meal is formed. Add almond butter, chia seeds, flax meal, maple syrup, salt, and cinnamon. Pulse until dough is formed. If dough is sticky, add additional flax meal or chill the dough in the refrigerator for a few minutes.
Scoop out 1 Tablespoon dough, form into ball and roll in additional flax meal. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 20-24 energy bites.
These are recipes you can feel free to experiment with. Just make sure you are choosing natural ingredients without any added sugar. We experimented with macadamia nuts and coconut butter yesterday. I need to tweak the recipe just a bit before I post it, but they turned out pretty decent.
A little protein, a little healthy fat does a body good. If you have a favorite energy bite recipe, please share in the comments!
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