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Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites

Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites

If you follow me on the social interwebs, you’ve probably realized that I’m slightly obsessed with my Ninja food processor. I’ve discovered how easy and FUN it is to make homemade energy bites and bars, rather than turning to the store-bought option.

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This recipe, Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites, is one of my favorite versions. Each time I make it, they end up a bit different, but always delicious. I usually just pull all of the ingredients out of the pantry and a measuring spoon and do what looks right. Sometimes I add 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract and other times I add 1/8—it just depends how I’m feeling!

You may look at the ingredient list and think, “Laura, I am not going to buy all of these ingredients for an energy bite recipe, that’s just ridiculous.” I know—it looks like a lot (and the ingredients aren’t super cheap), BUT they go a long way! I won’t have to refill my list for a very long time, so in the long run, you definitely save money. I seriously will never go back to buying $1-3 bars again (unless I’m traveling because these energy balls need to be refrigerated).

So, trust me you guys. I promise these are delicious and you’ll be hopping on the energy bite-making train after just one bite!

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Ingredients

  • 8-10 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/2 Cup almonds
  • 1/2 Cup pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • 2 Tbps. Spectrum Decadent blend (optional; adds extra goodness)
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops liquid stevia (optional; sometimes I swap this in for the vanilla)
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  1. First remove the pits from your dates. I prefer to use pitted dates.
  2. After all pits are removed, place in your food processor. Add the almonds and pecans and process until the mixture becomes doughy.laura-chocolate-sea-salt-bites-1
  3. Add the coconut oil, raw honey, cacao powder, Spectrum decadent blend, vanilla extract and/or liquid stevia, and about three shakes of sea salt. As I mentioned above, I’m always switching this recipe up—sometimes I opt for less vanilla extract and more stevia, and sometimes I forget to even put the stevia in, ha!laura-chocolate-sea-salt-bites-3
  4. Process the mixture until everything is blended together. You may have to use a rubber spatula and mix things around to make sure everything is blended towards the bottom of the food processor. laura-chocolate-sea-salt-bites-4
  5. Now it’s time to add cacao nibs. I just grab a handful and only pulse the food processor a couple times as these are meant to give your energy bites a little crunch.
  6. After you have all ingredients together, you can either place the mixture in a parchment paper-lined dish to cut into bars after they’re chilled, or make balls. I prefer rolling them into balls.laura-chocolate-sea-salt-bites-5
  7. I have a little scooper guy that helps keep the balls similar size. If you don’t have one, simply use a spoon to scoop up the mixture. Place on a parchment paper-lined plate. Your hands will get pretty greasy during this process—that’s the coconut oil doing its thang. It helps keep the shape once you cool them down in the fridge.
  8. Once the balls chill in the fridge for ~30-45 minutes, they’re good to go! Store in an air tight container and enjoy for an afternoon snack or post-workout treat!laura-chocolate-sea-salt-bites-8

Let me know what you think about these homemade energy bites and if you end up making any changes to the recipe—I’m always looking for ways to switch things up!

 

Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites
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Chocolate Sea Salt Energy Bites are an easy, delicious and healthy recipe! Make them for breakfast, a snack or dessert.
Ingredients
  • 8-10 pitted medjool dates
  • ½ Cup almonds
  • ½ Cup pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • 2 Tbps. Spectrum Decadent blend (optional; adds extra goodness)
  • ¼ tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 3-4 drops liquid stevia (optional; sometimes I swap this in for the vanilla)
  • Sea salt to taste
Instructions
  1. First remove the pits from your dates. I prefer to use pitted dates.
  2. After all pits are removed, place in your food processor.
  3. Add the almonds and pecans and process until the mixture becomes doughy.
  4. Add the coconut oil, cacao powder, Spectrum decadent blend, vanilla extract and/or liquid stevia, and about three shakes of sea salt.
  5. Process the mixture until everything is blended together. You may have to use a rubber spatula and mix things around to make sure everything is blended towards the bottom of the food processor.
  6. Now it’s time to add cacao nibs. I just grab a handful and only pulse the food processor.
  7. After you have all ingredients together, you can either place the mixture in a parchment paper-lined dish to cut into bars after they’re chilled, or make balls. I have a little scooper guy that helps keep the balls similar size. If you don’t have one, simply use a spoon to scoop up the mixture. Place on a parchment paper-lined plate.
  8. Once the balls chill in the fridge for ~30-45 minutes, they’re good to go! Store in an air tight container and enjoy for an afternoon snack or post-workout treat!

About Laura Hanley

G-Free Laura is a 20-something blogger who’s focus is to help people through their gluten-free journey. She shares easy and delicious recipes, GF product reviews, and the latest news for the gluten-free community. You can find all of her recipes and product reviews at: www.gfreelaura.com

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