If you're looking for an easy to make, satisfying, and healthy treat, I've got one for you today. These naturally sweet Almond Butter Energy Bites will certainly satisfy your sweet tooth. They're my go-to snack that I always try to keep on hand. They make a perfectly healthy after school snack for my kids and a guilt free afternoon bite for me that energizes me to keep going.
Almond butter is easily found in most grocery stores, but I find it so easy to make, I just make it myself. Since I began making my own almond butter, it's never in short supply at my house. Seriously, if you've never made almond butter before, you'll probably be surprised by how easy it is to make your own at home.
Seriously easy...no kidding...
You simply put natural, raw almonds into a food processor and press the "on" button. See, not hard...
The almonds break down into chunks.
The chunks break down to a powder.
The powder forms into a thick paste.
As you continue to process, the mixture becomes smooth. The entire process takes about 10 minutes and the longer you process it, the smoother the almond butter becomes. At the end, I add a little sunflower oil or canola oil. Just a tiny bit, though.
I don't add any sweetener or salt because I prefer it that way. You certainly could add a little honey and salt if that's your preference.
I keep my little jar of almond butter in the refrigerator and spread it over apple slices, toast or I even enjoy eating it by the spoonful. Almond butter is a great source of protein and is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, the heart healthy type that helps lower cholesterol. An extra plus is that it tastes so good in these lovely little energy bites.
You certainly don't need to make your own almond butter to make these flavorful bites. I just wanted to share with you how easy it is . The almond butter you find at the grocery works perfectly too. For the bites, I mix the almond butter, a touch of honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon and a tiny pinch of salt together. Then, I stir in some raw sunflower seeds and chopped dates. Isn't that a great combination? Finally, I place a heaping tablespoon of the mixture into the palm of my hand and roll them into little balls and coat them with raw sesame seeds.
These almond butter energy bites keep very well in the refrigerator and my kids love them.
Almond Butter Energy Bites
- 1 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup pitted Medjool dates, chopped
- 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup raw sesame seeds, for rolling
- In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, honey, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt together. Stir in the dates and sunflower seeds.
- Take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and form it into a ball in your hands. Roll the balls in the sesame seeds to coat.
- Although they can be enjoyed right away, they are better when they've had the chance to firm up in the refrigerator.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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