Date ENERGY BITES
Dates provide a good source of fiber, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. They contain more vitamins and minerals compared to other common fruits, and are considered a rich source of dietary minerals. In addition, they are one of the highest ranked sources of potassium, coming in at number five when compared to all potassium food sources. Even though they are about eighty percent sugar by weight, this whole food has a low glycemic index and offers a variety of health benefits. (taken from nutritionfacts.org)
This is the perfect snack when you just “have to have” something sweet! Only three ingredients and so easy to make! Prep time: 5 minutes | Processing time: 15 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes Makes: 16 Balls
1 cup raw almonds, walnuts, or cashews
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted and tightly packed
1. Place the nuts and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Process until the ingredients are roughly ground.
2. Add the Medjool dates and continue processing until the ingredients look like a uniform meal. When you can squeeze some of the mixture in your hand and it sticks together easily, you’re done.
3. Roll the mixture into balls (1-inch in diameter) and place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving.
Storage tip: Keep for up to two weeks, stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. Leftovers (if there are any!) can be frozen for up to two months.
Nut-free option: Use 1 cup raw, shelled pumpkin seeds in place of the almonds, walnuts, or cashews.
RAW CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS
This recipe will please any chocolate lover! With only a few ingredients, it's simple and quick to make, and satisfies any crowd. Ingredients:
· ½ cup ground sunflower seeds
· 1/3 date paste or honey
· ½ cup unsweetened nut butter (cashew, almond, hazelnut or peanut butter)
· ½ cup unsweetened carob powder
· ¼ cup small flaked oats
· ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
Add ingredients one at a time and blend in a food processor until mixture is blended well and forms a ball.
Pinch off small amounts and roll into bite-sized balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Option: Roll balls in extra sesame seeds or flaked coconut if desired.
Storage tip: Keep in air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer. Can be frozen for up to a month.