Apricot Almond Energy Bites

Apricot Almond Energy Bites

Raw energy nibbles are frequently on hand in my kitchen. Easy to make up, all kinds of varieties and combinations can be used to make up healthy bites that make for a good accompaniment to breakfast or for a snack when a little burst of energy is needed. Dried fruits, nuts and seeds are always a good choice, and all three feature in this easy and forgiving recipe.

Since I find myself munching on dried apricots frequently throughout the day, along with small handfuls of almonds, I decided to combine the two. I added some orange juice for a subtle citrus-y undertone the complements the nutty sweetness of the other ingredients. I couldn't resist adding some fine dark chocolate into the mix too.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup unflavored protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup or more dried unsweetened grated coconut (optional)
  • optional add-ins: 1/3 cup dark chocolate chunks, 1/3 cup rice crisp cereal
Instructions:
  • In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients except the coconut and optional add-ins. Process until everything is combined and the mixture comes together. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in the chocolate chunks or rice crisp cereal if using. Shape into small 1-inch balls and roll in the dried grated coconut to coat if desired. Keep in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator for a week or longer.