Pistachio, cranberry and coconut energy bites – these easy energy bites take just minutes to make and are a healthy, high protein snack that will keep you going.
Energy bites are the ultimate healthy, protein packed snack to fill you up and keep you going; whether you are headed to the gym and need to fuel a workout (or re-fuel afterwards), or it comes to 4pm and you just need a bit of a boost, these guys are your friend. They are also so incredibly easy to make and the food processor does all of the hard work for you.
The energy bites keep really well in the fridge so I like to make up a batch on a Sunday so that I’ve got instant healthy snacks to hand throughout the week. Having healthy snacks ready prepared makes it far easier to stop yourself from reaching for the cookies as soon as hunger pangs strike; and because the energy bites are slightly sweet, they are also perfect for satisfying any sugar cravings too.
I make mine with cashews, unsweetened desiccated coconut and oats for bulk; with peanut butter, dates and maple syrup to bind it all together and add a bit of natural sweetness. Pistachios and dried cranberries add extra flavour and colour but you can also use any other kinds of nuts and dried fruit if you prefer. Macadamia and dried apricot is another delicious combination you could try. You can even mix in some mini chocolate chips so that you can get your chocolate fix in a healthy way; just stir them in by hand after the mixture has been blended so that they don’t get pulverised.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3.5 oz pitted dates (about 12 Tunisian dates)
- 1/2 cup unsalted cashew nuts
- 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1/3 cup porridge oats
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
1.Place the dates, cashews, coconut, oats, peanut butter, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a food processor. Blend well until everything is very finely chopped and clumps together. There should be no large pieces of any of the ingredients remaining.
2.Add the pistachios and cranberries to the food processor and blend again until they are both finely chopped but are still in visible pieces.
3.Take small handfuls of the mixture and press it together firmly then roll into balls; about the size of a golf ball. If you like, you can roll the energy bites in powdered coconut or cacao powder. Place the energy bites in a single layer in a tub and refrigerate for about half an hour until firm. Keep refrigerated.