Energy bites are so easy to make because they do not require baking or prepping. Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, then form the dough into balls, roll in shredded coconut and voilà! You have nutritious, sugar-free, guilt-free snacks ready for the entire week.
You might wonder what carob is though? Carob is a flowering evergreen tree that is native to the Mediterranean. Its edible ripe pod contains a sweet pulp that is dried, roasted and ground into a powder. It can be used as a one-to-one replacement in recipes that has cocoa. Although carob powder has similarities in looks and flavor to chocolate, it is sweeter, lighter in color, caffeine-free. Cacao or chocolate has a stronger flavor.
Health Benefits of Raw Carob Powder: Contains polyphenols which help with blood cholesterol levels; natural antioxidant protecting your body from free radicals; good source of calcium and selenium; improves digestion. Carob tannins have Gallic acid. Gallic acid is an analgesic, anti-allergenic and antibacterial. It is also an antiviral and antiseptic.
- 1 cup FD rolled oats
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups dates, soaked and pitted
- 2 tbsp raw carob powder
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp chaga mushroom powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- to taste Himalayan rock salt
- shredded coconut
1. Place all ingredients except coconut oil in a food processor and process for a couple of minutes, add coconut oil at the end and process until combined.
2. The dough will be loose but will stick together once pressed firmly into your palms. When the mixture holds together in your hand, then stop processing.
Transfer the mixture in a large bowl.
3. Take a small spoon and scoop the dough into your palms, pressing firmly and shape it into a ball.
4. Roll energy bite in shredded coconut and place onto a parchment lined tray.
5. Once finished place in freezer for 30 minutes to set.
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