Makes about 15 bites
- 3/4 cup raw, unsalted cashews
- 1/2 cup raw, unsalted macadamia nuts
- 1 cup firmly packed dried, unsweetened mango
- 8 medjool dates (remember to remove the pits!) — use 10 if you want a sweeter version
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- A squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter (you can also use cashew butter)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (the fine flake works best), plus more for rolling the energy bites in
- 1 pinch sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put the macadamia nuts onto a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Then, add the cashews and keep baking for another 4-5 minutes. Continue roasting until the nuts are a light golden brown. Watch them carefully, as they can burn quickly. Set aside to cool.
While the nuts are getting all toasty, prepare the mango by adding it to a small bowl filled with warm water. Pre-softening the mango will help it blend more smoothly. Let it soak for about 5 minutes, until it's soft but not mushy. Dry off the mango pieces and set aside.
Once the nuts are cool, add them to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the nuts resemble a fine meal. Be careful not to overblend — you don't want a nut butter here.
Remove the nut meal from the food processor and set aside.
To the food processor, add the mango, as well as the pitted dates. Blend until a paste is formed.
Add the mac nut-cashew nut meal to the mixture. Then, add the almond butter, hemp seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut, turmeric, lime juice, and sea salt. Mix until it resembles cookie dough. Take a spoonful into your hands and roll it into a ball. If it feels to sticky to handle, mix in some more hemp seed. And if it's too dry, add some more dates.
Using a pair of soup spoons or an ice cream mini-scoop, scoop out the dough and roll it between your palms to make a small ball. Then, roll the ball in shredded coconut.
Place the energy bites onto a small plate or sheet, and refrigerate until firm (10-15 minutes should do the trick), then enjoy.
You can store the energy bites in the fridge for about 4-5 days, or keep them in the freezer for several months.
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