dark chocolate date & peanut butter energy bites.

it's all about the easy energy bites, baybay.

i've made several interpretations of these from some of my fave bloggers around the internets and i enjoy them all! this recipe is my own and i was satisfied with this version the second i realized they taste verrrry similar to no-bake cookies but use healthier, natural ingredients.

these take about 20 minutes to make and the best part is that you just throw all the ingredients into the food processor...no need to chop any of the choppable items first. 

i truly LOVE these. i bring 2 or 3 bites to work and enjoy them with coffee in the morning. they are hearty and have quite a bit of protein, so they keep me shockingly satisfied and full until lunch time. energy bites like these are also perfect to have around when you just want a very quick pick-me-up throughout the day.  i also eat these as a dessert. they taste amazing. and the texture is ๐Ÿ’ฏ ! 

i use mostly peanut butter and just a little almond butter for extra creaminess with a slightly different flavor.

i add chia seeds and a little bit of quinoa for extra protein, fiber, and CRRRUNCH. the dry quinoa can be almost too crunchy, so if you want to cook the quinoa in advance so that it's soft, go right ahead!

soaking the dates is super important. i've made these without soaking them first, and it makes it harder to blend everything together smoothly in the food processor. save yourself some sanity and soak!

i like to leave a small portion of the oats for the very end so i can mix them in as whole oats.

most of the oats get all chopped up into tiny bits in the food processor, so its nice to have some of them remain whole for the texture. this also helps if the date mixture is too sticky. just add some extra oats and roll them into the mix with your hands until the date dough is not sticking to your hands.

^^^ delicious little dense orbs of tasty & hearty delight.

these really do compare to the taste and texture of no-bake cookies, which i LOVE. my dad used to make those all the time growing up. they're fantastic and swimming in butter and white sugar. i'm always happy to discover methods of making indulgent foods with more natural ingredients that still satisfy those cravings for buttery & sugary junk. junk that i loveeee, but am trying to emulate using less junky-4-u foodstuffs. 

this recipe is naturally sweetened with dates & honey, loaded with protein from the nut butters, oats, chia & quinoa, and extra tasty with a small amount of heart-healthy dark chocolate. 

make 'em! they're good!

Dark Chocolate, Date, & Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Makes about 12

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) pitted dates, soaked in warm water for 5-10 minutes
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2 TB. almond butter
  • 1 cup oats (separate 2/3 cup from the last third)
  • 1 oz. dark chocolate - (1/2 of a dark chocolate bar - I usually use about 70-80% dark)
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 2 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 TB. honey
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1-2 TB. dry or cooked quinoa (optional)

Instructions-

Soak the dates in a bowl of warm water for about 5-10 minutes.  This step is important to bring some moisture to the mix of dry ingredients without adding liquid. Strain all the water from the dates. If you have dates with pits, make sure to cut the dates open and discard the pits.  I usually try to buy dates that have already had the pits removed. 

After the dates have been soaked and pits removed, add to a large food processor with the peanut butter and almond butter. Run food processor for a minute until the dates and nut butter begin to form a ball. Add the dark chocolate and honey and run the machine again until everything is well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

Add 2/3 cup of the oats, walnuts, chia seeds, quinoa (if desired), salt, and cinnamon. Pulse or run the food processor on low until combined. Scoop the mixture into a large bowl and add the last 1/3 cup of oats. Use your hands to mix everything together well and form a big ball. If the mixture is still too sticky, add small handfuls of extra oats and continue to mix with your hands until it no longer sticks and you're able to roll it into smooth rounds. 

Line a tray or container with waxed paper, parchment or foil. Spoon golf ball sized amounts of the mixture into your hands and roll into tight & smooth spheres.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for best results. 

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easiest breakfast bars ever.

happy saturday! happy weekend!

just popping in here to leave a recipe for the easiest on-the-go hearty breakfast bar i've made.  

recipe inspiration

comes from dana from

minimalist baker

.  that gal sure knows how to whip up some delicious eats with so few ingredients.  that's what i'm talkin bout.

she has a few recipes similar to this one, but i just wanted to mention how customizable and super easy they are to make.  

i made these in less than five minutes. 

it's true!

i added sunflower seeds, walnuts, and mini chocolate chips to this particular batch.  i would also want to try combinations using quinoa, other types of nuts and seeds, and other types of nut butters.

i've made dana's version of this recipe into the cute little energy balls a few times.  i was so shocked the first time at how tasty they were!  i would bring a couple of them with me to work and have them with my coffee.  they are somehow super satisfying and ward off those awful late morning tummy hunger grumbles.  

this time i was experimenting with the recipe and making them into bars, just for fun.  either form that this yummy concoction comes in is equally easy to make.  

to make them less crumbly, i'd need to add extra peanut butter or some honey.  just keep them in the fridge and they're good to go!

Easiest Breakfast Bars Ever

Makes about 10 bars

Keep cool or refrigerated

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of pitted, dried dates
  • 3 TB peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 TB sunflower seeds
  • 2 TB chia seeds
  • 2 TB mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions-

In a food processor, chop the dates into little bits.  Add the peanut butter and pulse again until both ingredients come together.

Remove from food processor and place in a large bowl.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well with a spoon or your *clean* hands. 

If the mixture is too crumbly to take form, add honey one tablespoon at a time, until it all comes together.

Either roll the dough up into balls and place on parchment paper to refrigerate, or flatten into a small baking dish on top of parchment paper.  Cover, and let them chill in the refrigerator.  Cut into rectangles.  

Wrap individual bars in foil or plastic wrap, and have them ready for you to grab when you're running out the door (although, I've been eating them straight out of the fridge because I like them best cold)!

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