New on More Good Day Oregon: No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites
This week on More Good Day Oregon, I made these yummy No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites. Check out the video below as I make this recipe step-by-step.
The inspiration for these No-Bake Chocolate Hazelnut Energy Bites comes from a run-in our family had with Nutella over summer vacation. We were traveling around Croatia, and wanted to pick up some Nutella for our son and his buddy. But everything was sold out except this huuuuuge jar of Nutella, which we felt compelled to cart around with us from airbnb to airbnb.
The problem is, I ate way more than my fair share of that jar, and didn’t feel so great after eating a lot of it. So, I vowed to make a Nutella-inspired treat that’s much healthier, and delivers some extra fiber and protein, to boot.
These treats are excellent as snacks for school lunch-boxes. They’re also great as pre- or post-workout snacks for us grownups!
These delicious treats pack a serious nutritional punch. Here's the breakdown:
Dates — These provide natural sweetness, of course. But they're also high in fiber. In fact, three ounces of dates (about 5 medjool dates) provides nearly 30% of our daily requirement for fiber. Eating a high fiber diet helps regulate digestion, balance blood cholesterol, and reduce triglycerides. Dates are also high in calcium and phosphorus, which we need for healthy bones. (Source: Draxe.com).
Hazelnuts — Eating tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts can have a protective effect on our cardiovascular system. Nuts are a good, whole-food source of healthy monounsaturated fat. Hazelnuts also provide vitamin E and heart-healthy minerals such as copper and magnesium.
Cacao — Unsweetened cacao powder is high in antioxidants and heart-healthy minerals such as calcium and magnesium.
Flax seed — Flax is the #1 whole-food source of lignans, with 800 times more lignans than most other foods. This phytonutrient is associated with prolonged survival in cancer patients, especially breast cancer. Flax seeds may be beneficial in suppressing the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells in vitro. Combining flax with dietary fat restriction may have an even greater effect on prostate cancer.
Chia seed — The dates provide a lot of fiber to this recipe, but why not add more? Chia seed is a great way to add even more fiber to your diet.
Hemp seed — Hemp is yet another source of healthy fats, plus it's high in protein.
Ready to make these tasty treats?
Great! Just click on the green box at the end of this blog post.
BTW, you know what would be super yummy? Pair these energy bites with a swig of my Quickie Nut Milk.
Need more help connecting to your healthiest habits?
Upgrading your snacks is simply one of the tools you can use to cleanse and balance your body after an indulgent phase.
For a serious reboot, however, you're going to need to add a few more tools, practices, and recipes to the mix.
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