You will see variations of this recipe all over the internet. They have become very popular over the recent years as more people seek out healthier snacks and treats. Many people like to make them into balls, but I prefer to just cut them into bite-sized pieces.
I called these “energy bites” because they pack a lot of energy (a.k.a., calories) into one bite. They also remind me of certain energy bars. (So while they are nutritious, just keep in mind that they are also very calorie dense.)
Believe it or not, I actually didn’t start making these until this past year. I just didn’t think I would like them because I’ve never liked dates. But I finally decided to give them a try, and boy was I glad I did. They are so good and chocolaty that you will find yourself doing many taste tests just to make sure they really are that good! They are also incredibly quick and simple to prepare. (Hint: no oven required).
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw almonds
12-15 pitted Medjool dates (about 1 1/4 cups)
3 tablespoons raw cacao or unprocessed cocoa powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1. Place nuts into a food processor and pulse until they are chopped up into small pieces.
2. Add the dates, cacao, and maple syrup. Process until it’s all mixed together and sticky.
3. Transfer to a roughly 9×9 inch baking dish and press down to compact. Freeze for 30-60 minutes and then cut into bite-sized pieces. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Give this recipe a try using your raw, unsalted favorite nuts, I have tried almonds, cashews, and pecans and all work well. They keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. My recommendation? Freeze half to try and make it last a little longer (if you can!).