If you’re like me, when time is limited and you’re hungry, the snacks you tend to reach for may not be the most nourishing. Though I try to stay away from my 3 year old’s Goldfish crackers, sometimes they’re the easiest to grab and who doesn’t love Goldfish crackers??
However, five handfuls later, I’m still hungry and just ate waaaay more crackers than I should have. So now I’m really trying to make healthy treats to snack on that will satiate those hunger pangs throughout the day. Enter these cute, little energy bites.
I think of these as homemade Larabars because they both contain real ingredients and are a cinch to make. Dates are the only sweetener and do their job of holding everything together. Using dates and whatever nuts you have on hand as the base, you can completely customize the flavor of these little bites. So here I had cherries and chocolate (cacao powder), which is always a winning combo.
Then you just blend everything in a food processor, roll the mixture into little balls, and refrigerate. Boom. Now you’ve got healthy snacks on the go!
chocolate-cherry energy bites
These snackable, poppable energy bites are are great to have on hand when hunger pangs strike. I love these because they’re so customizable, though the cherry and chocolate combo are my favorite. Just think of these as homemade Larabars!
- 10 medjool dates, pitted
- ∼½ cup dried cherries
- 1 cup raw cashews (roasted is fine too, though I would stay away from salted nuts)
- 3 tbs cashew butter
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- pinch of fine-grain sea salt
- 3 tbs cacao (or cocoa) powder
Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes if they are dry or hard.
Place dates in a food processor and blend until they are in small pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and process until everything is combined and has a finely ground consistency.
Using a 2 tbs cookie scoop, scoop mixture into balls and refrigerate in an airtight container.
(adapted from Urban Apron)
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