Yesterday I posted about the benefits of coconut oil and I taught you how to crack open a coconut. It wouldn’t be fair of me to leave you hanging with a fresh coconut and no recipe now would it?
Of course I realize that nobody wants to be adding to the heat by turning on his or her oven, so I created a simple no-bake recipe. I call them energy bites. Not only do they include the benefits of coconut mentioned in yesterday’s post, but also they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lignans and fiber since they contain flaxseed. These bites are quick to whip up and even faster to eat! From start to finish this recipe took me under an hour to make, photograph, taste (by which I mean devour), clean up! I’ve even included a “cookie dough” switch up, but feel free to add mix-ins of your liking such as chia seeds, raisins or dried cherries. They make for a great snack on the go so why not bring them along with you while grocery shopping, hiking, camping or relaxing in the sun because you never know when you might need some extra fuel.
Hope you are having a lovely Saturday! ♥ Molly
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Anthony Robbins
No-Bake Energy Bites
- 1 cup whole dates, pitted
- 2 cups fresh coconut, shredded (Alternatively, 2 cups of unsweetened coconut flakes)
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed (Alternatively, ¼ cup wheat germ)
- 1.5 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp. water
- 1 tbsp. chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp. oatmeal, large flakes
- Toast the coconut in a skillet on high heat for 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- In a food processor, pulse the whole dates into smaller pieces.
- Add in toasted coconut flakes, flaxseed, vanilla and water and blend until combined, approximately 2 minutes. If the mixture is not moist enough to stick together, blend in an additional ½ tbsp. of water.
- If using, add in mix-ins and re-pulse. (Note: My mix-in measurements are for 1/2 the base recipe. At this point, I took half the mixture out to form original bites.)
- Form balls using a heaping tbsp. of mixture. Roll until smooth and let chill for 5 minutes in the refrigerator. Serve and enjoy!