I know I’ve send this time and time again, but snacks and I are in a relationship and it’s getting pretty serious! These are probably one of my new favourite snacks, packed with so much flavour and yumminess you almost want to eat them all in one sitting. But please don’t, they still have natural occurring sugar in them.
I stumbled across this recipe last week and in Kristin fashion, adjusted the amounts and added a few things I like in my Energy Bites. I think they turned out great, but I’m biased…. now you be the judge!
Start out with your medjool dates. A used two cups of dates, which I soaked in warm water to soften and help easily break them down in food processor. Let me soak for 10-15 minuted depending on how soft they were to start.
**Make sure to reserve some of this warm water as you may need it to create the proper consistency when rolling the bites.
You’ll now put them into the food processor with 2 tbsp of the reserved water and pulse until a smoother texture appears. It’s definitely ok to have some larger pieces in there… I actually prefer it as dates are just the most delicious sweet treat! Once the dates are all smoothed out (as much as you want it to be), Add your oat flour, shredded coconut, chia seeds, lemon juice, hemp seeds and collagen into the food processor.
Blend everything all up until a nice smooth texture for rolling it into balls occurs. It should roll, easily without sticking to your hands. After you have rolled all of the batter into balls, roll into some additional shredded coconut on a plate (you could also substitute in hemp seeds, chia seeds, chocolate flakes). You may need to press the balls down a little bit to get the coconut to stick on properly. **If it’s sticking to you hands too much, add a little more flour. **If you find that it’s breaking apart in your hands, add some another tbsp at a time of the reserved water from the dates.
After you have formed all of these balls and rolled in whatever topping you prefer, you’ll need to place them in the freezer to set for approximately 1 hour. Afterwards store them in the fridge and try not to eat them all in one sitting! I’d love you feedback if you’ve tried out this recipe. As you can tell, I love a good Energy Bite. Enjoy!
Coco Lemon Energy Bites
2 cups medjool dates (or any other date preference)
2 tbsp warm water (reserved from soaking the dates)
1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, divided (save 1/4 for later)
2/3 cup oat flour (pulse oats in blender or use another flour of choice)
2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp Hemp seeds
2 tbsp black chia seeds
1 tbsp collagen (****remove collagen for a Vegan Energy bite)
Soak dates in warm water for 10-15 minutes to ensure soft. Blend dates with 2 tbsp of reserved water from date soak until mostly smooth. Add all other ingredients into food processor and pulse until smooth, not too sticky batter is formed. **if you prefer a more crunchy texture, you can also use food processor for the dates and then mix everything else together in a bowl by hand.
After everything is blended, grab a tablespoon of batter at a time and roll into bite size balls.you can then roll the balls into the left over coconut. The balls may need to be pressed down into coconut a bit for it to stick on nicely. Once all batter is rolled and coated, potp into the freezer for 1 hour to set them. Keep them in the fridge and enjoy as needed as a boost of energy!
Recipe makes 15-18 bites depending on size. These can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to a month.
**Approx. 94 calories per serving / Sugars 1g / Protein 1.7g**
If you have any comments, feedback or questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know! Enjoy ❤