3 Healthy Energy Bites Recipes | Homemade Energy Bars & Balls

Instead of buying (and spending way too much money on) plastic packed energy bites, start making them yourself! This way YOU get to choose the flavor you like. Simply mix together nuts & dried fruit and add your favorite spices. Still have some gingerbread spice left? Use it! Do you like it spicy? Add some cayenne pepper or chili! How about cacao, lemon, pumpkin pie spice…the possibilities are endless.

Without doubt, energy bars or balls like “Lärabar”, “RawBite” etc. are very convenient when you’re out and about and care for a little snack. But in the long run this wouldn’t be the thriftiest way – both, money wise, as well as with regard to all the plastic waste. Making them yourself though is super easy and using your favorite spices and toppings even lets you create fancy little balls. Add a dash of amaretto or roll them in shredded coconut or dried raspberry powder – let your creativity run wild.

Energy Bites Balls Bars vegan glutenfree

Here’s the hook: you really need a food processor for this recipe. But I’m sure I’ll find a solution for how to make similar energy bites without one anytime soon. Until then, you can try making these delicious coconut almond bliss balls (aka Raffaello), which may not be as healthy as the energy bites here, but at least they’re better than the original.

Energy Bites Balls Bars vegan glutenfree

I soak the dates in warm water for a few minutes before adding them to the food processor together with the nuts and a pinch of salt (which enhances the sweetness of the dates). When the mixture begins to stick together when I press it between my fingers, I make about 15 balls or alternatively form 5 bars. When the mixture seems too sticky, simply add a few more nuts and vice versa, if it seems too dry, add a few more dates.

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3 Healthy Energy Bites Recipes | Homemade Energy Bars & Balls
Prep Time
5 mins
Cooling time
30 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

You only need a few healthy ingredients to make energy bites yourself. With this recipe you can make bars for on the go, save money and reduce plastic waste.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Mina
Ingredients
Vanilla Cashew Cookie
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in warm water (140 g)
  • 1 cup cashews (130 g)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla powder
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
Pecan Pie
  • 1 cup dates, soaked in warm water (140 g)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (65 g)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (65 g)
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
Apple Pie
  • 1 1/4 cup dates, soaked in warm water
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (65 g)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (65 g)
  • 1/2 cup dried apples (15 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of salt (optional)
Instructions
Cashew Cookie
  1. Place cashews in a food processor and process until finely chopped. 

  2. Add drained dates, vanilla (and salt) and process until the mixture begins to stick together. 

  3. Roll into little balls or press into a baking dish lined with parchment paper to make bars (refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting).

Pecan Pie
  1. Place pecans and almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. 

  2. Add drained dates, cinnamon (and salt) and process until the mixture begins to stick together. 

  3. Roll into little balls or press into a baking dish lined with parchment paper to make bars (refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting).

Apple Pie
  1. Place walnuts and almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. 

  2. Add drained dates, dried apples, cinnamon (and salt) and process until the mixture begins to stick together. 

  3. Roll into little balls or press into a baking dish lined with parchment paper to make bars (refrigerate for 30 minutes before cutting).

Energy Bites Balls Bars vegan glutenfree

I hope you love this recipe – please let me know in the comment section below! If you make these energy bites, make sure to take a photo and share it on my Facebook page or on Instagram, using the hashtag #minamadefood. Oh and don’t forget to tag me (@thisisminamade) so that I can see your creations!

Energy Bites Balls Bars vegan glutenfree

 

 

 

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