Here is a quick and easy recipe for those busy days during the holiday season. You can pop these into the kids lunches or your own. If there are nut allergies in your household or if your child goes to a school that is nut free, the almonds in this recipe can be substituted with a variation of seeds for a nut free version. These little bites are a great source of sustained energy. They won’t give you the quick energy that leaves you tired and hungry an hour later. For a time saver, make a couple batches and freeze ( they freeze well!). These don’t need to be limited to a snack, they can also be brought as a dessert/treat to your next holiday gathering! Fill up on a couple of these and you won’t want any of the other desserts or you might just be inclined to eat less of the unhealthy stuff.
Holiday Spice Energy Bites
Makes 22-24 energy bites
1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup pitted dates, packed
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp all spice
1/4-1/2 tsp ground ginger
pinch of cardamom ( optional)
pinch of nutmeg
2-3 drops of food grade pure orange oil/ extract ( optional) or 1 tsp grated orange peel
- Place almonds in a food processor and process for 5-10 seconds ( if your omitting almonds, skip this step)
- Add in the your seeds and process for 15 seconds
- Next, add in your dates, spice mix and vanilla. Process on high for 30 seconds or until mixture can form into a ball when scooped out.
- Scoop out about a rounded teaspoon full of the mixture and roll into a ball. You may need to wash your hands half way through as the mixture gets a little sticky.
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