Since I’ve been motivated in the kitchen recently, I decided to try out a recipe from my go-to superfood gal, Julie Morris’ new cookbook, Superfood Snacks. I’ve had it on my must-have cookbook list for a while now and finally got around to cooking up something! And let me just say … any recipe from Julie has some SERIOUS yum factor.
It’s a fact: most energy bars out there are LOADED with sugar. I’ve wanted to make a batch of my own and I came across Julie’s recipe for Mocha Energy Bites. I always feel like around 3pm, I find myself dragging. These bites are full of flavor and give me that energy boost that I need. It doesn’t hurt that they are jam-packed with superfoods so there’s no guilt involved in having one (or two or three!) I’m serious. These little bites are addicting! The best part? No baking is involved whatsoever.
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (if you are avoiding caffeine, use decaffeinated instant coffee!)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
- A pinch of sea salt
- ½ cup of Medjool dates (about 11-12), pitted
- 3 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
Makes 24 bites | 8 servings
- Place the hazelnuts, coffee granules, protein powder, and sea salt in a food processor and grind into a coarse flour.
- Add the dates and process into a “dough.” Add the cacao nibs and chia seeds, and process once more very briefly, leaving a little bit of texture.
- Stop the machine and check the consistency. Depending on the natural moisture of the dates, you may need to add a touch of water (1/2 teaspoon at a time) to get the crumbs to stick together when pinched. If the dough is too wet, mix in a little extra protein powder.
- Place the dough on a large sheet of plastic wrap on a cutting board. Press the dough into a compact square, then tightly wrap it in the plastic to further compress the dough into 24 small round squares. Alternately, simply use your hands to form the dough into bites.
- Bites may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for several weeks, or in the freezer for several months.
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