These Paleo friendly Superfood Energy Bites were inspired by my desire to create a nutritious snack for my kids - one containing nutrients they don't often get from their day to day meals. And of course, I also needed to make something that they would actually enjoy and want to eat.
These healthy Superfood Energy Bites were the result. They contain almonds, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, brazil nuts, dates and goji berries. This combination of ingredients provides a naturally sweetened snack, high in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
I'm a big fan of energy bites, balls, and protein bars. Why? Well, because they're ridiculously easy to make!
But, also because they're nutrient dense and my kids love them.
I don't always prep snacks for the week. However, if I do then you can bet I'm baking muffins or rolling balls...like these Superfood Energy Bites.
These raw, superfood snack bites are:
- grain free
- only sweetened with fruit
- contain nutrient dense ingredients
- are perfect for snacking
Ingredients in Superfood Energy Bites
These energy bites contain all Paleo and Vegan ingredients. This superfood snack recipe doesn't contain any added sugar. But instead, is sweetened with dates.
Here's what you need:
- pumpkin seeds
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- hemp seeds
- Brazil nuts
- Medjool dates
- goji berries
- dark chocolate (optional)
- coconut oil (optional)
The dark chocolate topping is optional. However, adding a bit of dark chocolate (I'm talking 80-100% dark chocolate) really brings the taste to the next level. Plus, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and actually has many health benefits!
How to Make Energy Balls
Making these Superfood Energy Bites is so simple. All you need is a good food processor (THIS is the one I own).
First, place all of the ingredients in your food processor.
Next, blend, blend blend!
Stop every now and then to scrape the sides. Keep blending until the mixture starts to clump and can be easily shaped into balls. If the mixture isn't sticky enough, keep blending. If you're still having issues, then add a teaspoon or two of liquid (water, maple syrup, honey, etc.).
Scoop out one tablespoon of the mixture and form into a ball. Set the balls on a flat, movable surface such as a small baking sheet or plate.
Next, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil on the stove top, over low heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate is fully melted.
Drizzle the chocolate over the energy balls. Then, add a bit of hemp seed before the chocolate sets. Place the bites in the fridge or freezer to set.
Store these superfood date balls in either your fridge or freezer for a quick healthy snack during the week. They're an excellent Paleo meal prep addition!
More Healthy Recipes with Dried Fruit
For more healthy Paleo recipes only sweetened with dried fruit, check these out:
A naturally sweetened snack, high in healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Paleo and Vegan friendly.
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 5 Brazil nuts
- 5 Medjool dates, pitted
- 3 Tbsp goji berries
- ¼ tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1 oz dark chocolate
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- ½ Tbsp hemp seeds
- Place all ingredients for energy bites (not the topping) in food processor and blend until mixture starts to clump and can be formed into balls*
- Form dough into bite-sized balls, about 1 tablespoon in size.
- Optional: melt dark chocolate and coconut oil in small sauce pan oover low heat, stirring frequently. Drizzle melted chocolate over energy bites then sprinkle with hemp seeds.
- Place in fridge or freezer to set.
- Best stored in fridge or freezer.
*It may take a while for your dough to become sticky enough to form into balls. Have patience, stopping to scrape the sides of your food processor every minute or so. If needed, add 1-2 teaspoons of water.
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