When I need a little something on the go I love these little energy bites for a quick snack. I posted these on Bliss a while back and since I’ve made them several times and they never last for very long. They are essentially my version of a homemade Lara bar, just a lot more economical and they couldn’t be easier to make. You do need a food processor for this recipe, you could chop everything by hand but that would be a lot of work. The variations for these are pretty endless, you could add some shredded coconut or replace the almonds with cashews or pecans. The only thing that you can’t substitute are the dates, they are what holds the mixture together and gives the bites their sweetness. You could also press the mixture into an 8×8 pan and pop them in the refrigerator for an hour and then cut them into bars.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ½ cup dried cherries
- 2 cups dates, pitted (about 10)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a food processor, process the almonds until finely chopped but don’t let it turn to almond butter, you still want some texture.
- Add the pitted dates, cocoa and salt and process until the mixture is finely chopped and sticks together when you squeeze it between your fingers. Add cherries and process again until well combined.
- Using a tablespoon at a time roll the mixture into one-inch balls. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let them defrost for 20-30 minutes before serving if frozen.