SUPER GREEN CACAO ENERGY BITES
As of recent, we’ve been on a bit of an energy bite kick! Frozen energy bites (typically with some mix and ratio of healthy fats, fiber, and protein) have been a game changer to beat the summer heat, stave off cravings, and follow up on a workout with the right blend of good carbs and protein. After making the same recipe a few times over, we felt curious and bold enough to test adding green powder, to make the bites even more nutritious.
As vegetarians/vegans, even the constant emphasis on vegetables can leave you without enough variety in your diet. As well, if you are eating seasonally (as we tend to), your diet may consist of largely the same thing for months on end as growing/harvesting cycles accentuate what’s available for purchase at the store.
After our success with the sourdough protein pancakes, we were feeling stoked on Naked Nutrition and looking to see what other ways we could benefit from their offerings when eating balanced meals. Their Green Superfood Powder ended up being the perfect supplement to our energy bites, giving us additional veggie servings to spice up our snacks. We loved that they only use organic and natural ingredients when creating this blend. If you’ve used a green powder before (and both of us, at times, have gone heavy into spirulina/chlorella/wheatgrass etc …), you’ll know that achieving the right ratio of flavor when incorporating powders can be difficult, as many of them are simply too dense/dry/earthy. Here, Naked Nutrition again impresses with the middle ground they’ve established, as the resulting energy balls ended up being flavorful without tasting like dirt. 😄
- One to two sprinkles Himalayan pink sea salt
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (you may also do 1/4 cup and may just need to add a touch of water)
- 1 tbsp flax seed
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 2 cups of dry rolled oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 scoops of Naked Super Greens Powder
- Toss dry ingredients into high speed blender or food processor and pulse a few times, so that oats are coarsely ground
- Add in wet ingredients and blend / pulse until everything is evenly(ish) mixed together
- Evaluate your dough, if it seems a little too crumbly, you can add a touch of water
- Scoop mixture into a bowl and allow to chill in the fridge for ~30 minutes. This will make the dough firm and easier to work with. If you’re in a rush, you can skip this step and things may just be a little messier!
- Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- Using a spoon, scoop out a spoonful of the mixture and form into a round ball.
- Place the ball on the on the baking mat and continue to scoop and shape the rest of the mix and place on the mat.
- If you didn’t eat too much of the dough (it’s too tempting not to at least try it!) you’ll end up with about 18 bites.
- Lay the mat flat in the freezer so that the bites can solidify. Once solid, you can store in a glass jar or other airtight container.
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