Portable snacks are key in my life right now. We’re on the go so much that I always keep a bar or two in my purse. Trains, planes, and automobiles could be our MO. On our travels our go to snacks include date bars, dried fruit, nuts, and jerky usually. Meyer gets the almonds while I turn to the date bars but we both love the jerky! However, it can get expensive to always be buying bars and packaged snacks. Thank goodness for Costco and their 3 lbs bags of raw almonds, huge containers of almond butter, and pound boxes of dates!
Recently, I came up with these crunchy almond chocolate chip energy balls after doing some research on different date energy bites. I like that the dates are the only sweetener used and it’s mostly natural ingredients that I can control. After playing around with ingredients in my kitchen, I found that these energy ball’s toothsome texture with little pieces of raw almonds. I did have to add a few mini chocolate chips-how can I resist chocolate? And with a bit of vanilla and a few flakes of sea salt, I almost believe I’m eating cookie dough when biting into them. Healthy cookie dough is a delicious snack idea! Packed with coconut, raw almonds, almond butter, and dates these bites aren’t going to be too much of a splurge. Best of all these natural ingredients combine to make a homemade gluten free snack. Their taste will surprise you, I bet you won’t be able to stop with just one.
- 10 pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 almond butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
- Add dates, almonds, almond butter, coconut flakes, salt, and vanilla in a food processor.
- Use the pulse button on the food processor to slowly combine all the ingredients into a slightly chunky paste.
- Taste and add more salt if necessary.
- Transfer mixture to a medium ball and add in the mini chocolate chips.
- Mix to combine in the chips.
- Take approximately a heaping tablespoon of batter, put batter into the palm of your hands then press hard to compact the ingredients and finally roll to form into a tight ball.
- Place on a plate and go ahead making balls with the rest of the batter.
- Chill balls to set the ingredients. They can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for two weeks.