Raw Cacao, Nut & Berries Energy Bites

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Do you know the raw cacao goji energy bites that are sold at Whole Foods? For the past few months, I have become so addicted to them that I literally buy at least one pack each week. They are healthy, delicious, and pack a real punch that gives me the energy to last throughout a few hours of intense work.

But as with most foods I love, I decided it’s time to make my own version at home! I tweaked a few recipes I found online and came up with the recipe you can see below. The texture of my energy bites is slightly creamier and more pliable. This means that they can just as easily be turned into rectangular energy bars. I also roll them in coconut flakes to make their appearance more interesting and give them an extra nutritious boost.

The energy bites are so tasty that it’s hard to believe they don’t contain any added sugar, not even maple syrup or honey. The only sweetness comes from the goji berries and it’s more than enough. There is plenty of healthy fat from the cashews and dates that is balanced with a protein content that comes from one of my favorite pea protein powder. All of those nutrients will keep you satiated for a long time!

Raw Cacao, Nut & Berries Energy Bites

Necessary equipment:

  • a medium sized bowl
  • a food processor OR a high power blender
  • if making bites: an ice cream scoop
  • if making bars: wax paper and a rolling pin

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of dates
  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 1/2 cup of pea protein
  • 1/4 cup of goji berries
  • 1/4 cup of raw cacao
  • 2 T. of chia seeds
  • 1/2 T. of vanilla extract
  • a dash of sea salt
  • optional: coconut flakes for rolling

Instructions:

  1. Put the goji berries in a bowl and cover with water. Set aside to soak for about 5 minutes.
  2. Put the dates, cashews, pea protein, raw cacao, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and sea salt in a food processor or a high power blender.
  3. Add in the soaked goji berries together with the water they soaked in.
  4. Pulse until all the ingredients are well combined and the texture turns dough-like.

Bites:

  1. Use an ice cream scoop to form equal-sized dough balls. Roll each one between your hands to smooth them out.
  2. Optional: roll them in coconut flakes.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Bars:

  1. Transfer all of the dough onto wax paper.
  2. Fold the wax paper over it (or use another sheet) and flatten the dough with a rolling pin. This way, the rolling pin won’t stick to the dough. Keep rolling until the dough reaches your desired thickness.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into bars.
  4. Optional: roll the bars in coconut flakes.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

I hope you find these snacks just as delicious as we did! I usually make them into bars that I later keep wrapped individually in wax paper – this makes it easier to grab one on the go if needed. If there is some excess dough left, then I just roll it into ball-shaped bites.

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