January 23, 2013

We Snack (mostly) Raw Wednesdays: Bites of Energy

I have LOVED these little energy bites.  These make awesome snacks or desserts and my kids all love them too!!  Score!  They are raw and easy to make (I use a food processor, but a blender may work too if it's strong enough).  I freeze these...so they could last a long time if we didn't eat them all up so fast.  Here are a few of our favorite recipes:

Krazy Karob Koconut Bites (pictured above) - by Tone It Up.
2 cups of pitted dates (cut into smaller pieces)
1 scoop protein powder (I use Perfect Fit Protein to keep it RAW)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw almonds (chop first)
1/2 cup raw walnuts (chop first)
1/2 cup carob chips (or mini chocolate chips)
3 Tbsp ground flaxseed
Add a tiny bit of water to moisten, if needed

Start by chopping up the nuts, then I add the protein, cococnut, and flax and process until a fine powder. Empty into a seperate bowl (unless you have 2 food processors!) Cut the dates into smaller pieces and process them until a paste, add the fine powder and a little water if needed, blend together: using your hands at the end if needed to get it all mixed well.  Add carob chips.  Roll into tsp size balls and store in the fridge or freezer.  Yummmm!

Peanut Butter Bites (these are in the "mostly" catagory of "We Snack (mostly) Raw") - by Tone It Up.
1 cup Natural Peanut Butter (try to get one without SUGAR!)
1 cup Honey (raw is possible)
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup diced Apricots
1 cup sliced Almonds
Cinnamon to taste (optional)

Heat the honey and peanut butter over the stove on low heat, until smooth.  Mix in nuts, apricots and oats.  Stir until all ingredients are well coated.  Cool in the fridge for at least 45 minutes, then roll into balls and store in fridge or freezer!  These were the first ones we made, they were awesome until we realized the apricots were giving one of my kiddos the runs.  =P

Maple-PB-Date Balls - by Heather's Dish (I haven't tried these yet but they are next on my list!!)
1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats
13 pitted Dates
1-2 tsp Maple Syrup

Add Oats to a food processor and chop for 20-30 seconds, until they are the consistency of flour.  Add dates, peanut butter and maple syrup, processing 20-30 seconds before adding each of the remaining ingredients. Roll into balls, store in the fridge or freezer!

The great thing about these is it is so easy to add ingredients and expirement with flavors and textures. Enjoy your littles bites!!

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