Energy Bites

12 May

This is my new favorite recipe.  With being on the go so much lately, it’s been hard to keep my energy up because of a lack of food that I can take with me, non-refrigerated.  I took a recipe from Elana’s Pantry and made it my own.  These are quick little bites of energy that I can take anywhere I go, and they provide just enough yummy goodness to keep me running on a full tank!

Here’s what I did this time:

2 cups mixed nuts (I usually use about 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup walnuts, and 1/2 cup pecans)

App. 1 cup pitted majool dates

Unsweetened coconut (I just toss in however much I have lying around.  Today it was about 1/4 cup.)

Chocolate (Again, I just toss in what I have.  Today it was about 5 oz. of frozen chocolate chips.)

Put the nuts in your food processor and process until well ground but not to the point of nut flour.  Add any other ingredients you want and mix until well blended and chopped up.  Add the dates, a few at a time.  Keep adding dates until the mixture is somewhat sticky.  If you can take a small handful and squish it into a ball that holds, it is done.  If it falls apart, add a few more dates.

That’s it!  I love the versatility of this recipe.  One time I added about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries, and it was delicious!  Really, you could add just about whatever you want to the nuts and dates (that’s the “glue” that holds everything together), and it will probably be great.  Be creative!!!

For Crohnies….we are not supposed to have chocolate, and I know I’m pushing the boundary on this one.  But give me a break!  🙂  It’s been 18 months since I’ve had chocolate.  It seems like I’m doing okay, and so I’m willing to risk it on this one.  The chocolate adds a wonderful flavor dimension to these, and I am going to try to have some self-control in how often I make these.  This recipe also won’t really work for you if you can’t digest nuts or dates.  Sorry!

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Crohn's Journal, Recipes, Snacks


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