We all know it, we’ve all felt it, we’ve all been there.
When you get home from work or school, are ravenous, and grab whatever snack is in the immediate vicinity and scarf it down before you could say “guilt”.
Because that’s most likely what you’ll feel after realizing you’ve eaten 2 1/2 Ghirardelli Brownies and haven’t worked out in three days.
I actually have this problem constantly, especially on Friday afternoons. I usually like to treat myself after a long week, especially if I’ve managed to work out every day during the week. But “treating myself” tends to escalate rather quickly from having a slice or two of pizza at school to eating two of the cupcakes my friend brought to school, a few pieces of candy from Theology, and whatever baked good I happen to have leftover from baking earlier in the week when I return home.
And then I decide to step on the scale Saturday morning.
Recently, I’ve begun storing healthier snacks around my house perfect for grabbing directly after school, in order to prevent the inevitable “grazing” I always find myself doing both before and after dinner.
And let me tell you, I’ve hit the jackpot with these energy bites!!
They’re made with dates and apples, meaning they’ll give you the much-needed boost of energy to make dinner, tidy up the house, or even finish up a few extra hours of homework. Not to mention, they’re also made with walnuts, which contain healthy fats that will leave you feeling satisfied for hours, and prevent additional late-night snacking.
Finally, they’re just so fun to make!!
These are the perfect treats to make with young children or even just with a few of your friends, because once rolled into cute little balls you can roll them in whatever topping you please. Completely customizable, as well as just the right amount of hands-on. No, this recipe could not get any better! 😉
I chose to top mine with cashews, granola, coconut flakes, and chocolate. Therefore, when I’m feeling in a chocolate-mood, I have something quick to satisfy me, or if I feel more snacky, I can grab a energy bite rolled in granola.
Or, if you’re really feeling adventurous, you could top one with both chocolate and granola and have the best of both worlds! 🙂
Apple Date Energy Bites
- 3/4 c (15 dates, 132g) pitted Deglet Noor Dates (could also use Medjool dates)
- 1 medium apple
- 1/2 c walnut halves and pieces
- 2 tbs coconut flour
- 1/2 c old fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp allspice
Open a can of coconut milk (do not shake the can before hand). If the milk isn’t thick, place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 8 hours, until it’s reached an extremely thick consistency & has separated. Scoop only the thick consistency of the milk into a large bowl. If making just enough for this recipe, remove 1/4 of the milk and place in a separate bowl. Combine with stevia (or powdered sugar, if desired) and whip on high until stiff peaks have formed. If making a larger batch, use a heaping tbs of stevia (or powdered sugar) instead and combine with all of the thick consistency of milk. Set in the fridge to chill.
In a separate bowl, microwave chocolate chips and baking chocolate for 30 seconds, removing to stir, before microwaving for another 30 seconds. Stir once more, and microwave for 20 more seconds. Remove and stir until smooth. Add coconut oil and stevia and mix until combined. Microwave for 5 more seconds, remove, and stir until completely smooth. Line a mini muffin tin with cupcake liners. Pour about 1/2 tbs of the mixture into each liner, until all the chocolate’s been used up. Set in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, until hardened.
Remove from the freezer and scoop 1/2 tbs of the coconut milk “icing” onto each of the chocolate cups. Sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes. Place back in the freezer for 45 minutes, or until frozen. Remove and enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 18 energy bites)
Nutrition information calculated not including energy bite toppings. Macros will vary depending on what you choose to use.