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No-Bake Almond and Cocoa Cherry Energy Bites

No-Bake Almond and Cocoa Cherry Energy Bites

When it comes to meal times, I usually enjoy smaller portions, preferring to have smaller meals interspersed with healthy bites of energy throughout the day. This way of eating is a good way to maintain a healthy weight, and it aids in digestion because the body is not taxed with processing a large portion of food all at once.

This preference means that not only do I require a good stash of nuts and dried fruits on hand, as well as raw vegetables, but also snacks such as muffins and also healthy little raw energy bites such as these almond and dried cherry balls. They satisfy a sweet craving without the guilt. Packed with protein, these are not only satisfying and delicious, but are also very easy to make and keep well in the refrigerator for at least a week. I sweetened these with raw honey, but maple syrup or any other natural liquid sweetener could be used instead if you happen to be a vegan who avoids honey.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • a few pinches of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries
Instructions:
  • In a food processor, pulse the almonds until reduced to a fine meal. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the coconut sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir in the honey or maple syrup, nut butter and dried cherries or cranberries. Shape into small balls and store in an airtight covered container in the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.

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