I’ve seen these around pinterest and instagram for quite a long time now and finally decided to try my hand at making some ‘energy bites’.
I was always skeptical of energy bites because, like Rx Bars and natural energy bars, their primary ingredient is dates – i.e. sugar and I am trying to stay away from high amounts of sugar. I would like to preface this post, as I am not a nutritionist or dietician, but I do have a basic understanding and have done a lot of my own research 🙂 Now, I know dates are a source of natural sugar, but it’s sugar just the same. Our body metabolizes glucose, fructose, and galactose, regardless of the source. Most of my recipes will be lower in sugar, but everyone likes a sweet treat here and there 🙂 I’d say if you want something sweet, it might as well be all natural! Our bodies get small amounts micronutrients and minerals out of these natural ingredients versus highly refined ingredients, as well as fiber which aides in slower digestion of the sugars – resulting in a less severe sugar high/crash 🙂
These are great as a treat or an afternoon pick-me-up. Hope you enjoy!
Ingredients: Makes 12-15 bites
2 scoops Promix Vanilla Whey Protein (may sub your favorite protein, but cannot guarantee flavor)
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
5 dates – pitted
1 Tbsp Justin’s Maple Almond Butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried apple (I got little cubes from the trail mix bar at Harris Teeter)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup raw almonds
Nutrition Information: 1 bite (out of 15) Cals: 79, F: 2g, C: 14g, P: 3g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g (Built with MyFitnessPal)
Throw everything in a food processor and process until incorporated. Roll into balls, or press into a parchment lined pan, or press into a silicone baking mold (the possibilities are up to you!) Pop in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, dust with extra cinnamon and enjoy!
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.