Hey, here I am! Back on track with blogging after releasing my new e-book last week (check it out if you are in the mood for breakfast)! My goal this year is provide you with at least two delicious, plant based recipes each month - that goal has been made all the more legit thanks in part to my new camera, which I am using to photograph anything and everything - want to see 800 photos of my parents cat, anyone?
With all of that said, I am so excited to be posting another recipe for energy bites (you can check the others out here)! These ones hit the spot if you are craving a blueberry muffin but would rather the same flavors packed into a healthier, nutrient rich and spherical package.
The combination of sweet and creamy cashews with the somewhat tart dried blueberries make this an uncanny replica of everyones most beloved muffin - plus they use only whole, unprocessed plant based ingredients that give you a real jolt of energy. They are the perfect thing to share with friends post-workout or to keep in the fridge for an on-the-go boost.
Makes: 18-20 bites • Prep Time: 20 min
- 1.5 cups packed pitted dates, any kind will do
- 3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 cup dried blueberries (I find mine in the health food store)
- 1/2 cup died mulberries *optional
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt *optional
1. Add the cashews to a food processor and pulse until a fine crumb forms - be careful to not pulse after this point, as you will literally make cashew butter. Transfer the cashew crumbs to a large bowl.
2. Pit your dates and add them to the food processor, pulse until a soft ball forms. If you are having trouble getting to this point add 1-2 tsp. of warm water to help move the process along. Add the date mixture to the bowl with the cashews.
3. Add the oats, blueberries, chia seeds, vanilla and salt to the bowl with the dates and cashews. Use your hands to fully integrate all of the ingredients - this part takes some muscle but it is totally worth it.
4. Once fully combined, roll the mixture into 1.5" balls with the palms of both hands. Set in the fridge for a few hours to firm up.
NOTE: Alternatively, you could press the mixture into a baking dish and cut into sweet little blueberry muffin squares for a different take.
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