If you find yourself hitting that afternoon slump and need a pick me up these bites make the perfect snack. The dates provide you with some energy packed natural sweetness and they are a great source of antioxidants from the polyphenols. They also are rich in minerals like potassium, manganese and magnesium.
These bites also have some raw cacao powder and chocolate which are natural sources of caffeine. Add in some satiating nuts and chia seeds and you have a winning recipe. The best part is that they are no-bake, once you roll them, they are ready to eat.
Chocolate and peanut butter make a classic combo so I wanted to try making an energy bite with these flavours. They also make a good substitute when you are craving something sweet. You can even boost your brain power by adding in some MCT oil.
2 tbsp of dairy-free dark chocolate (70% and up) chopped
2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp of MCT oil (optional booster)
Place dates in the food processor. If they are too hard, soak them in hot water for 30 minutes prior to blending and make sure they are dried properly.
Blend the dates until a chunky paste forms.
Add in ¼ cup + 2 tbsp of peanut butter, rolled oats, chia seeds, cacao powder, sea salt and dark chocolate chunks. You can also add in some MCT oil if you want a brain booster.
Pulse until a crumbly texture forms that sticks when you press it together. You can always add another tbsp of peanut butter if you need to.
Make 1 inch balls, squeeze the mixture in your hand as you make your ball to get it to stick together. This helps release some of the oils in the peanut butter and helps form the balls. Roll into a ball.