Energy bites have become my new favorite snack – especially when eating on the run. They are easy to make and it’s fun to explore different combinations. These cookie dough energy bites are inspired by Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabars.
Larabars have been our go-to on-the-run snack since my daughter was diagnosed with wheat and dairy allergies. They are made with simple whole food ingredients and come in a variety of flavors. We always have a few different kinds in our pantry via the Amazon.com subscribe and save program. In addition to Chocolate Chip Cooking Dough, some of our favorites include:
The Amazon.com subscribe and save program is great, but we are looking to trim our grocery bill further. I decided to try my hand at homemade Larabars. Being a lazy cook, I figured why not skip the ordeal of forming the ingredients into bars and make energy bites instead!
Health Benefits of Dates
Larabars and these cookie dough energy bites are a healthier snack choice because they use dates as a binder and a sweetener. According to OrganicFacts.net dates offer some surprising health benefits:
- Reduce risk of abdominal cancer & promote digestive health
- Help manage weight
- Boost energy, nervous system and sexual stamina
- Strengthen bones
- Reduce risk of stroke
- Diminish allergic reactions
- Lower night blindness
Cookie Dough Energy Bites
These cookie dough energy bites are made with five simple ingredients:
- Medjool dates
- Raw cashews
- Ground flax seed
- Dairy-free mini chocolate chips
- Sea salt
You simply add all the ingredients to a food processor and pulse to combine.
I prefer to add the chocolate chips after the other ingredients have been mixed so they remain mostly whole.
Forming the mix into balls instead of bars is a time-saver and allows greater portion control. Snacking on one or two cookie dough energy bites can be just as satisfying as eating an entire Larabar.
Cookie Dough Energy Bites
- 1 cup Medjool dates about 8, pits removed
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/8 tsp. fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips
Soak dates in warm water for approximately 10 minutes then drain.
Add dates, cashews, ground flax seeds and sea salt to a food processor fitted with the S-blade and pulse until ingredients are well mixed and begin to clump.
Add chocolate chips and pulse until well blended.
Scrape ingredients into a mixing bowl and then form into walnut sized balls by scooping dough with a spoon and rolling it between your hands.
Enjoy immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Recipe makes approximately 1 1/2 dozen energy bites.
I use pre-ground flax seed in my recipes. If you grind your own flax seed you may wish to reduce the quantity. I'm told freshly ground flax seed may have a stronger flavor.
Note: I do not include nutrition information with my recipes because I subscribe to the theories presented in the book Whole and believe we should focus on eating a variety of whole foods instead of counting calories or keeping track of individual nutrients.
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