Packed with clean energy these bites are simple yet satisfying. If you love the winning combination of coconut and almonds, these are your new best friend...at work, on the go, pre-exercise and post-dinner (hey, just saying).
Gluten-free, oil-free, processed sugar-free yet flavor-full and nutritionally dense, they are sure to bring a joyful smile to your face.
Aside from chocolate and well ... anything, I don't think there is any greater food pairing than almonds and coconut. While coconut is loaded with hormone-balancing, candida-banishing lauric acid, almonds curb cravings with their healthy fat and fiber. They are quiet the pair on their own so I kept this recipe simple only adding in a few other ingredients - oats, chia seeds and maca for a malt-like flavor.
These energy bites come together quickly. They only require a food processor or blender and a whole lot of muscle, but it's well worth it. I just love the physical and mental boost these guys give me whenever I need it most - if I were a superhero energy bites would be my sidekick.
They make the perfect base for any other flavors you may wish to add...but there's something glorious about keeping them this wonderfully simple as well. Make a big batch and share amongst friends or eat over the course of a few weeks!
Makes: 34-36 energy balls • Prep Time: 30 minutes
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground
- 2 cups "wet" pitted dates (any variety will do, I get mine here)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 tbsp. maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. five spice powder (optional)
- 1 tsp. pink Himalayan salt (optional)
1. Add your rolled oats to the food processor and blend until a flour like consistency is reached. Pour the oat flour into a large bowl.
2. Next, pit your dates and add them to the food processor. Pulse until a thick paste has formed and there are no more large date pieces. Add the date paste to the large bowl with the oat flour.
NOTE: If you are having trouble getting there it may be because your dates are too dry. Add in 1 tsp. of hot water at a time and blend until you reach a sticky paste.
3. To the bowl, add the almond butter, coconut flakes, chia seeds, maca powder, five spice powder and salt. Use your hands to fully combine all the ingredients - this will take some man power but it is well worth it. The dough will be a bit crumbly but should hold together nicely when pressed between the fingers.
4. After the mixture is fully combined you can add in any other desired mix-ins like cacao nibs, dried fruit or more spices. Then form the dough into balls 1"-1.5" in diameter, roll them firmly between the palms of your hands to create a perfect sphere.
5. Allow the bites to set-up in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. Store for up to 3 weeks.