Sweet & Salty Energy Bites

I love making healthy treats, and the combination of sweet and salty in these little energy bites is addictive!  If you are allergic to nuts, you can always substitute seed butters like pumpkin or sunflower, and substitute seeds for anywhere nuts are called for.  In this case I used hemp seeds, but you could use crushed walnuts, cashews or almonds.  I had a hard time narrowing down the recipe for these because as you know, I like to just wing it in the kitchen.  If they are too wet, add more dry ingredients.  

Sweet & Salty Energy Bites

  • 1 cup all natural peanut butter  (any nut butter or seed butter will do)
  • 1 cup dates 
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups of quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 2 heaping tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 - 1 tbsp of ground sea salt

Soak the dates in just enough water to cover the dates.  When softened, mix in a food processor till blended.  Add in the peanut butter, cinnamon, cocoa and sea salt and mix together.

If you want the chocolate chips broken up a little, add them in and pulse the mixture a few times.

Remove the blade and stir in the remaining ingredients.  When the ingredients are fully mixed, roll into 1 inch size balls and place on a cookie sheet.  You may chill the balls for 20 minutes, then transfer them to a container with a lid.  They will stay well in the fridge for a couple weeks.  But, they won't last that long.  

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