The great thing about energy bites is that you can eat two and be completely full. Rich in fiber, healthy fats, protein, and other nutrients, energy bites help to sustain you between meals. Walnuts are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, making them great for brain health. The only thing to keep in mind in regards to energy bites is that they are high in calories. You don’t want to eat 12 bites in one sitting because that may amount to 4,000 calories. If you are on a mission to lose weight, that shoots you in the foot. Two energy bites is the perfect portion to fill you up.
This recipe contains desiccated coconut, which is not the same as shredded coconut that you typically find in the baking aisle of a grocery store. Shredded coconut in the bag contains added sugars and a lot of processed ingredients. The best coconut to use is desiccated coconut, which is dehydrated coconut meat. You can add that directly to the food processor without chopping it up. If you want to elevate your presentation and be a little fancy, you can finely dice the desiccated coconut and roll the energy balls in them before consumption.
In order to be successful at that, you’ll have to refrigerate or freeze them for a little so that they can firm up. Once they are firm, you can roll them in a plate of diced desiccated coconut. Return them to the freezer or fridge and let them be until they are firm. We hope you like them!
- 1 c raw walnuts (soaked in water for 2 hours then drained)
- 1/4 c coconut oil
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2/3 c desiccated coconut (plus more for rolling)
- 1 tbsp. raw agave nectar
- After draining the walnuts, add them to the food processor and blend until you get a crumbly mixture.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor, reserving a little desiccated coconut to dice and roll the bites in.
- Blend everything until a dough-like ball starts to form. Stop blending and get ready to form the bites.
- Line a baking sheet or container with parchment paper so the bites will not stick to the surface. Wet your hands with water and form the mixture into tablespoon-size balls. Place them on the parchment paper.
- Place the energy bites in the fridge or freezer until firm. You can take them out at some point and roll them in the coconut if you want. Then place them back in the fridge or freezer.
- Once they are firm, you can enjoy them. Store the bites in an airtight contain in the fridge for up to two weeks.