Breakfast

Energy Protein Bites

Yield: about 4 dozen

Energy Protein Bites

Yield: about 4 dozen

These are a great pick-me-up in the afternoon, or just what you may need to get yourself going to get your day started.

Nutritional information per serving (1 round):Calories 194 (37% from fat)
carb. 28g
pro. 3g
fat 8g
sat. fat 1g
chol. 23mg
sod. 183mg
calc. 14mg
fiber 1g

Ingredients

  • ⅔cup unsalted mixed nuts (or can use
  • just one type of nut. Softer ones, like
  • cashews, work particularly well)
  • ½cup pitted dates
  • 1cup rolled oats
  • 1tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1cup unsalted peanut butter,
  • preferably creamy
  • 2tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2to 4 tablespoons water
  • 2tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 2tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼cup mini chocolate chips
  • ²⁄³cup finely shredded coconut,
  • for rolling

Preparation

  1. 1. Insert the chopping blade into the work bowl of the food processor. Add the nuts and dates and pulse to roughly chop, about 12 to 13 long pulses. Add the oats, cocoa powder, salt, peanut butter,syrup, and 2 tablespoons of water. Process on Low until the mixture comes together into a cohesive mixture, about 30 to 40 seconds, and then run on High until the mixture is mostly smooth, an additional 30 to 40 seconds. Stop the unit to scrape down as needed, and add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if the mixture seems too dry.
  2. 2. Add the sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and chips and pulse to combine. The entire mixture should be slightly sticky, but should hold together when squeezed between two fingers.
  3. 3. Scoop the mixture into about 1½-tablespoon rounds. Put the shredded coconut into a shallow dish or pie plate. Roll the rounds in the shredded coconut and then transfer to a parchment-lined tray and refrigerate until firm, a minimum of 30 minutes.