After Mothers Day weekend mimosas, french toast casserole, date night rigatoni and basically eating cookies for breakfast- we needed to break the indulgence but still wanted a little something sweet for the week.
We also needed to curb the unhealthy habit of eating our toddlers snacks (hellooo goldfish and PB crackers!) so I created healthy (ish) energy bites that are full of protein, healthy fats, fiber with a subtle sweetness to satisfy the sweet cravings without wrecking havoc on my thighs. Not to mention- they are gluten free, vegan, paleo, and refined sugar free and can be turned into a no bake cookie!
YOU. ARE. WELCOME my friends.
All you need are 6 pantry items & 6 minutes to make 1 batch of these delicious snacks that can be made 3 different ways!
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Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites:
Makes 12-14 balls or 6-8 Thumbprint Cookies
6-7 dates, pitted
¼ cup almonds (or any nut)
¼ cup peanut butter
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoon maple syrup (or honey)
3-5 tablespoon water (depending on desired consistency)
Pinch of sea salt (or top with maldon/finishing salt)
Optional Add ins: 1 tablespoon chia seeds, Flax seeds, 1 scoop collagen protein powder, any nut butter to replace Tahini or PB, coconut flakes, protein powder
*These are so versatile and fool-proof. Add any flavoring you like. I didn't want these to have a strong PB flavor so I did 50% PB, 50% Tahini. You can sub any nut butter for a different flavor profile!
Blend dates in a food processor with nuts then add the remaining ingredients until combined. The only variable will be the amount of water. Add a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency. It should be slightly sticky but roll together in the food processor like a paste.
Option 1: For the Dessert Lovers!
If you are craving a healthier cookie- roll into a tablespoon size ball, place on a cookie sheet, and using your thumb or back of a spoon- press down in the center to create a crevice in the middle of the dough. Fill with your favorite sweet filing (Jam, Caramel sauce, Ganache) and top with Sea Salt.
Option: 2: For the Dessert Enthusiast!
Roll into balls of desired size and drizzle with melted chocolate, coconut flakes, salted caramel sauce. This is much less added sugar than the thumbprint cookies but (in my opinion) the perfect amount for this to still be a healthy, protein packed snack with a slight indulgence.
Option 3: For the Health Nut
Roll into balls of desired size and that’s it!
These freeze really well and make for the perfect quick snack or dessert through- out the week. If you make this recipe- will you show us by tagging @Eatmorecakebycandice or using #EatMoreCakeFindMoreJoy on Instagram? We would love to see what you are baking in the kitchen!
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