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Coconut Cashew Energy Bites

A quick, simple, and energizing snack for between meals, on-the-go, or after dinner powered by plants. Load up on fiber, plant protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, magnesium and other trace minerals with these satisfying energy bites.
Prep Time 20 mins
Freezer Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36 bites

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • 8"x8" rimmed baking dish
  • Wax paper
  • Spatula
  • Chef's knife & cutting board
  • Food storage container

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked in warm water if not fresh)
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup rolled oats, finely ground
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 - 4 tbsp nut butter of choice (recipe used raw almond butter)
  • ¼ - ½ tsp sea salt (optional)
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  • Place cashews in a heat-safe bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes. Drain completely.
  • Line an 8" x 8" rimmed baking dish with wax paper (parchment paper works, too). Set aside.
  • Place all ingredients in a food processor, starting with only 2 tablespoons of nut butter. Pulse several times to incorporate ingredients using a spatula to scrape down the sides as needed. Continue to process until ingredients from a sticky "dough". If not sticking together, add an additional 1 tablespoon of nut butter at a time and continue to process. Mixture should hold together when pinched between two fingers.
  • Transfer mixture to lined baking dish. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread evenly while firmly pressing down to flatten.
  • Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes until slightly hardened. This will make it easier to slice.
  • Use the edges of the wax paper to transfer to a large cutting board. Use a sharp knife to slice into about 1" x 1" squares (or desired portion sizes).
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

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Notes

*Dates: You can purchase pitted dates or simply pit them yourself at home. If dates are not fresh (i.e., have been opened and in the refrigerator for a while), soak them in warm water for 2-3 minutes to add moisture.
**Natural nut butters that appear more oily will work best to provide a more liquid consistency to the mixture.
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