Organic Cacao Date Energy Bites

iJules Organic Chocolate Energy Bites

These wonderful little bite size snacks are so simple to make! They are healthy and all natural, so there is not all the guilt after you devour a handful, they curb my sweet tooth, and seem just perfect when you need something to get you through until the next meal.  All the ingredients are certified organic and were purchased at our local health food store, although, I’m sure you can pick them up at any grocery, I shop in bulk, so it’s just easier!

This recipe was inspired from a couple different date bar recipes I saw online.  I added some of my own ingredients that I though may make it somewhat more to my liking, since I didn’t want sweetened coco powder and such.

First of all I’m pretty sure you need a food possessor! You may use a blender, although, I don’t believe all the ingredients will fit, you could just cut the recipe in half, and that would more than likely work!

Ingredients:

  •  2 Cups Dates
  • 2  Cups Almonds {raw unsalted}
  • 1/4 Cup Cacao Powder {could use protein powder}
  • 4 Tbs. Pepita Seeds {unsalted}
  • 2 Tbs. Goji berries
  • Drizzle of Coconut Oil and or Water

iJules Organic Chocolate Energy Bites

Method to the Madness:

Pulse dates in food processor until chopped somewhat, add nuts, and cacao powder, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.  To get the ingredients to form, you need to add a small amount of water, to make it just a little pasty then you can press it out for bars or roll them into bites.  I drizzled maybe two teaspoons of coconut oil and a tablespoon of water.  I figured the coconut oil would make it not stick to my hands while pressing them on the silicone mat, and it would be adding a wonderful rich coconut flavor. The mixture will eventually become a rather large clump! Now you can transfer into a large mixing bowl, add the seeds and berries using your hands to mix it all together.  You could use sunflower seeds, or anything you have on hand.  There is no baking involved!

I started pressing the mixture into bars, and thought, this is just insane, so I started rolling them into bite size balls!  I thought two bite size would be perfect.  I stored them in a glass bowl with a plastic lid, in the refrigerator, I’m not sure how long they will keep, I’m sure they’ll be eaten before we need to worry about that!  This recipe made approximately 34 bites.

iJules Organic Chocolate Energy Bites

Bon Appetit!

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