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Natural Energy Bites

First off, sorry these photos are maybe a bit weird today, I wanted to get this post out to you and well… my week is off to a busy beginning. which leads into why these were created…

Wanna a bite?

Have you ever gone a bit too long since you ate last and felt shaky from low blood sugar and you knew you needed to eat something RIGHT NOW!  That happened to me yesterday, in fact.  Had a light breakfast, got busy with my day; went out for a 2-1/2 mile fast walk and by the time I was home, at 1:30pm, I was shaky.   Energy bites are just for those times when you need to grab something right now that has both some healthy carbs and healthy stick-to-your ribs sorta of protein.  They are also great when you are busy, busy and don’t have time for a meal.  Grab a couple of these and you can get by.

Foreground are peanut butter then apricot, the seeded ones are Mocha with hemp seeds and way in the back are Mint almond Chocolate

These have all natural ingredients, no refined sweetener. In fact taste the espresso or mint ones as you make them; because you may want to add a bit more sweetener.  Mine were not sweet which I like it that way.  The apricot mango ones did have sweetness.  I thought I would love love the Mocha ones the best, actually I liked the apricot mango ones the best.  I think because the cashew butter was salted so there was the sweet salty combo that is so great.  My almond butter was unsalted so I think if it was salted it would bring out more of the sweetness of the others.   They are all nut based so if you are allergic to nuts use sunflower butter instead of nut butter ok?    Hopefully these ideas will give you a jumping off place to create your own.    I used some hemp seeds, cacao nibs for crunch, cocoa powder or cacao powder along with natural almond butter or peanut butter.  My almond butter was quite thin so you may find your energy bites are drier.

Of course, I had to make mocha energy bites.  The easiest way to make it is use powdered instant espresso powder.  I keep a jar of it around as it is wonderful to use a bit with any chocolate baking such as brownies as it deepens the chocolate flavor.

Natural Energy Bites

Ok, now its your turn to go create some energy bites, let me know which flavors you create ok?

Natural Energy Bites

Recipes for several types of natural energy bites, without refined sweetener.  

Course Breakfast, Dessert, munchies
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Mocha Energy Bites

  • 1/2 Cup Almond butter
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons Cacoa nibs
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder or cacoa powder
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp hearts

Mint Chocolate Bites

  • 1/2 Cup Almond butter
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, pitted
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cacoa nibs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Peppermint extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp hearts

Peanut Buter Dark Chocolate Bites

  • 1/2 Cup Peanut butter, all natural
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cacoa nibs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract

Apricot Mango Energy Bites

  • 1/2 Cup Combination dried apricots and mango
  • 3 Tablespoons Sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp hearts
  • 1/2 Cup Cashew butter or combination cashew nuts and macadamias Option use sunflower butter
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients for any flavor combination in food processor.  (For dried fruit chop this in food processor first before adding cashew butter).   Blend until well mixed and finely minced.  Roll into balls or using tiny scooper scoop into balls and place in candy foils.  May sprinkle with additional hemp hearts.   Enjoy!  

Recipe Notes

Hemp hearts are hulled hemp seeds which are full of protein, isn’t that a great name for them?  

The scooper I used was 1-1/2 tablespoon size.  Each flavor recipe makes approximately 12  1-1/2 tablespoon energy bites.   These recipes easily can be cut in half or doubled.  

I use this instant espresso powder, if you do much baking, it is great to add a bit to any chocolate dish it will enhance the chocolate flavor. 

You can use sunflower butter or sunflower seeds if you are allergic to nuts.  If using seeds or nuts instead of nut butter, Mince in food processor on high.   You may need an extra 1 teaspoon of liquid for the bites to stick together.   Use additional vanilla extract, bit of coffee, water, avocado oil, even a bit of juice such as OJ in the Apricot/Mango bites; you get the idea 🙂 

 

 

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