Need a tasty little treat that’s gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugar? Try my Energy Bites made with nuts, coconut & dates!
You’ll probably have these simple ingredients on-hand in your REAL FOOD kitchen. Here’s a quick list and also some suggestions on equipment.
Gather These Ingredients to Make Energy Bites
Dried dates, organic preferred. (I used organic Medjool dates.) Pecans, almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts … or a combo of any of those. (I used almonds, soaked & dehydrated as explained HERE.) Shredded coconut, unsweetened. (I used this brand, purchased by the case. It’s also handy for making coconut milk as shown HERE.) Coconut oil, organic preferred Spices
Yield: 12 small Energy Bites
6 dried dates, pitted
3/4 cup nuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut, plus another 2 tablespoons set aside
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted but not hot
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (can substitute mace)
Place all ingredients (except for the 2 additional tablespoons of shredded coconut) in a small food processor and mix until well-incorporated. The mixture will start to bind together quickly. Avoid over-processing so as not to make a paste.
Remove mixture from processor, divide and press gently into silicon mold or roll into balls.
Place silicon mold in freezer for 10 minutes or refrigerator for 1 hour.
Remove Energy Bites from the mold and carefully roll in the reserved shredded coconut.
Store in the refrigerator to maintain texture.
Shared at these great REAL FOOD blog carnivals: GlutenFree Homemaker, Kelly the Kitchen Kop, The Nourishing Gourmet, Laura’s GlutenFree Pantry, Frugally Sustainable, Natural Family Today, Whole Food Mom on a Budget, Girl Meets Nourishment, My Mixing Spoon, A Southern FairyTale, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, Homegrown & Healthy, Real Food Forager
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