Coconut Almond Energy Bites
CASHEWS: Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts, but over 80% is heart-healthy unsaturated fatty acid. Cashews are also high in copper and magnesium, the first vitally important in antioxidant defenses and energy production, and the latter helping with bone strength.
ALMONDS: Almonds are high in monounsaturated fat reducing your risk for heart disease and lowering cholesterol levels. Combined with the flavonoids found in the skin and the Vitamin E contained in the flesh, almonds contain a high amount of cancer-fighting antioxidants.
CHIA SEEDS: Loaded with nutrients to benefit your brain and your body, these tiny seeds are high in antioxidants helping to fight free racial production. They are also high in Omega-3 fatty acids helping maintain heart health.
Makes 20 Bites
1 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
½ cup walnuts
½ cup raisins, soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, reserving an additional ¼ cup for rolling (optional)
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste (about ½ tsp)
2 tbsp honey
½ cup almond butter
2 tbsp chia seeds
1. First, place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with hot water and allow to soak for 5 minutes.
2. While raisins are soaking, combine cashews, almonds, walnuts in a food processor and pulse a few times until they are finely chopped.
3. Drain the raisins, and add the raisins with the remaining ingredients (expect for the additional ¼ cup coconut flakes for rolling) to the food processor and process until mixture comes together and starts to stick to itself, not the bowl.
4. Transfer mixture from food processor into a medium-sized bowl.
5. Pour the additional ¼ cup coconut flakes into a small bowl.
6. With a tablespoon, take one heaping scoop of the nut mixture and roll the nut mixture into balls using your hands.
Pro tip: Grease your hand with a little coconut oil beforehand so the mixture doesn’t stick to your fingers.
7. Once rolled, place the bite in the small bowl to cover in coconut flakes and roll in the coconut flakes until well covered. Continuer with remaining bites.
8. Once coated in flakes, transfer bites to a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate until firm (about one hour).
Chef’s Note: For a bigger energy fix or a quick breakfast, the batter for these bites can also be formed into bars. Press the recipe into an 8”x 8” pan prepared with coconut oil. Sprinkle the remaining coconut flakes on the top, pressing the flakes into the dough. Refrigerate until firm, then cut the dough into individual bars. Store bars in the refrigerator for a week, or freeze them and thaw individual bars as needed.