These energy bites are inspired by Larabar’s Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte flavor. And were created by Angela over at Oh She Glows. I just made a few minor changes. An excellent snack anytime of day or perfect pre/post workout bite. Enjoy!
Yield: 15 small bites
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes
1 cup whole raw almonds
2/3 cup lightly packed pitted Medjool dates (about 8 large dates)
1/2 cup dried cherries (look for the sugar free & oil free)
3-4 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup raw pecans or any nut you have on hand
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 or 2 pinches fine sea salt, to taste
In a food processor, process the almonds until finely chopped. It’s ok if some bigger pieces remain. Just be sure not to pulverize it into a flour as you want some texture.
Remove 1/3 cup of the processed almonds and set aside for the final step.
Now, add the pitted dates and dried cherries and process until finely chopped and sticky. A dough ball will start to form.
Add in the chocolate chips and pecans and process until they are chopped. Add salt to taste and pulse the mixture. Finally, pulse in the reserved 1/3 cup almonds. If the dough is too dry to roll into ball, add water, a teaspoon at a time, until the dough comes together.
Roll into small balls on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. Place in the freezer to firm up for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from freezer and place a covered container or baggie and store in the fridge.
This recipe makes 1 and 1/2 cups of packed dough.
Nutritional Info (makes 15-18 small balls, per ball): 108 cals, 7 grams fat (1 g sat fat), 40 mg sodium, 13 grams carbs, 3 grams fibre, 9 grams sugar, 3 grams protein.