Makes about 24-30 energy bites (2" diameter)
- Special Equipment: you will need a food processor
- 1 1/2 cup medjool dates *be sure to remove all of the pits!
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter, ideally organic
- 2/3 cup gluten free rolled oats (i.e. Bob's Red Mill)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seed
- 2 tablespoons hemp seed
- 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, solid
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life allergy-friendly chocolate (feel free to omit)
- a good pinch of sea salt
Put the dates into the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the dates are chopped into small bits — you don't want to overdo it, or the dates will turn into a big ball of stickiness. Which isn't the end of the world, but the ingredients are easier to incorporate if you stop when the dates are small bits.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Pulse until the ingredients are mixed evenly. You may need to stop and even out the ingredients with a spatula from time to time.
Once the ingredients are well incorporated, spoon out a small amount and roll the dough into a little ball. Repeat until all of the dough has been rolled out.
Place the balls onto a little tray and freeze for about 20 minutes. Once they're frozen, you can throw them all into a ziploc bag or container for easy storage. To enjoy, just remove a couple from the freezer and let them thaw out for a couple of minutes.
Looking for additional workout-friendly recipes?
Try my Heart-Healthy Strawberry Smoothie. It includes beets, which professional athletes use to improve oxygen utilization and support athletic performance.