There are many days when I find myself craving something sweet in the afternoon to get me through the last few hours of the work day. I usually remember to grab almonds or an apple for this time of day but sometimes they just don’t cut it. On days when I need an extra energy boost, I grab a couple raw energy bites! These are super easy to make and pack a mean punch of extra nutrition in one little bite. I always try to make a big batch at once and then keep some in the fridge and some in the freezer for later…but they don’t last very long because they are really tasty!
The recipe, like I said, is super easy and you can really experiment with different flavors to give you some variations. They also only take about 15 minutes to make completely, which is great since my one-year-old rarely gives me much more than that to do anything at once! Oh, and I don’t measure anything out so just use your best judgement. If you like more of something, use more! Its all about you with this recipe. Enjoy!
Raw Energy Bites
A couple handfuls of raw walnuts/almonds/cashews/pecans
1 TBSP of organic cacao powder
1-2 TBSP of organic shredded coconut
1-2 TBSP of Flaxseed Meal
1-2 TBSP of Hemp Seeds
1-2 TBSP of Chia Seeds
Approx. 20 Figs/Pitted Dates (If using dates, be sure to soak them for about an hour in water before using.)
Handful of unsweetened Cranberries
A couple scoops of Almond Butter (optional but helps hold them together)
Combine your dry ingredients in a food processor until the nuts are all broken down. Empty contents into a mixing bowl. Combine the figs, dates, and cranberries in the food processor until they form a sticky mixture. Add the sticky mixture and almond butter to the dry ingredients and mash/mix it up with your hands. Once the mixture is moist, form it into small balls, a little smaller than golf balls. Place in the fridge or store in the freezer. They should be good for 7-10 days in the fridge, if they last that long!
If you don’t like the taste of the figs or dates, use less of them and more of the almond butter or even natural peanut butter. The use of the seeds (hemp, chia, flax) and cacao powder is really important because they are amazing sources of protein, antioxidants, and omega-3s. So don’t be stingy with these ingredients!