Nutrient rich seeds, coconut flakes, and dates make up the base of this delicious paleo energy bite, and the dried cranberries and chocolate just bring it to the next level! Libby is sharing a nut-free energy bite recipe for us that is perfect for the paleo, vegan, and just-loving-yummy-food eater out there. It also would be a great energy snack for a nursing mother! I am enjoying recipes like this one, and the Grain Free Dark Chocolate Cookie recipe myself these days. –Kimi
By Libby, from Eat Play Love…More
Snacking: a strange little mind game that can sometimes get a girl into a whole lot of trouble, especially when this girl is out and about and the healthy pickings are slim. I’m proud to say however, that I have learned to outsmart myself by always tucking a little snack into my purse whenever I leave the house. I may say it’s for the kids, but this girl gets the munchies too sometimes! 😀
Because carrot and celery sticks can become tiresome, I need something with a little more punch that is both portable and super nutritious…enter: Paleo Energy Bites. These bites of heaven are not only nut free (so they are safe for the kids to take to school) but also rich in protein, fiber, iron, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, healthy fats, and A, B, E vitamins. I mean these babies pack a serious nutritional punch! So wait no more, gather your ingredients and your food processor and get rolling!
**It’s important to note that to take these recipe to the next level, follow these simple guidelines to soak your nuts and lose the gas and render the seeds even more digestible! Kimi also shares about that process here and Marillyn shares her personal health testimony about soaking seeds and nuts here.
Note: These (affiliate link) mini chocolate chips are perfect for those with allergies or those avoiding certain common ingredients.
Other Snack Recipes:
- Cranberry Walnut Cheese Ball
- Grain Free Pizza Pockets
- Creamy Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie
- Toasted Nut “Larabar” Balls
- 20 Medjool dates softened (I usually steam them in a colander over a pot of water)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- In a food processor add softened dates and process until macerated.
- Add sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and pulse until well chopped.
- Add coconut, cinnamon and sea salt and pulse to combine, scraping down sides as needed. If too sticky add additional coconut one tbsp at a time.
- If adding dried fruit add them now and pulse just enough to mix them in.
- Remove from food processor and manually stir in mini chocolate chips if adding.
- Line a dish or baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop out mixture and roll into balls. I like to use a small ice cream scoop to keep them consistent. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
- **store in refrigerator to maintain firmness. yields ~30 (tbsp sized)
About Libby @eatplaylovemore: Libby is an educator turned stay at home mom turned foodie and advocate. Over at Eat Play Love …more she blogs about how to nourish the body via traditional eating, Paleo, Gluten Free, Auto Immune Protocol etc… while also nourishing the mind through play, awareness and more! This mom of 4 boys does all the research for you! Join her on this life long learning adventure.