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.
- 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
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.
*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.