I need a snack. You need a snack. My kids need a snack ALL.THE.TIME. Snacks make the world go round.
Or they at least make life functional and a little bit tastier when I’m sitting in standstill traffic with my kidlets. Or when my 3 year old is watching her mama get her sparkle on at a Fit4Mom class –> someone told me women don’t sweat, yeeeah riiiiight… . Or when I’ve already had breakfast but it’s not quite lunch time and my stomach is screamin’ GIMME SOMETHING TO EAT!
Ok honestly, doesn’t it seem completely impossible to eat only at designated meal times? Clearly the center aisles of the grocery store are evidence of our need for snacks. They are loooaded with snacky foods. Bag of salty potato chips I’m lookin’ at you (actually my hubby is lookin’ at you). Cookies, oooh cookies…how I love you even though my waistline does not. And then there’s the sugary corn syrup laden bars masking as nutritious granola bars.
Life (and food) is all about balance. And I’m not about to shun cookies. We all need a good cookie every once in a while. But the corn syrupy refined sugar granola bars, see yaaaa laterz. You’ve been traded in for something so much better.
I’m calling them Fruit & Nut Energy Bites. With no guilt added. And no refined sugar and loaded with dietary fiber, potassium, iron, and antioxidants.
That’s the something better in that bowl. ⬆ Doesn’t it kinda remind you of…..
Oooh em gee, I could go so many directions with that picture. Yes, I am a grown up. But not always mature. I’ve got little kids. They rub off on me. Or…maybe I rubbed off on them. But in all seriousness I wanted to show you that pic because that’s what it should look like after you’ve given all the ingredients for these energy bites (minus the nuts and oats) a good spin in your food processor. A big brown sticky ball of…
(You went there didn’t you. You’re so immature.)
…honey and dried fruits (raisins, dried figs, dried cranberries, dried apricots, dried blueberries, and dried apple and pear peels –> did you save and dry the peels from your galettes!? If not you can use something like these and these.
We need some truly energizing, delish bites of yummy that do some good for our bodies rather than bumping us up one more notch on our nation’s obesity epidemic scale right? Especially during the holidays.
Can you believe it’s November?!?! Have you already begun your holiday shopping? Do you do your shopping online or do you go to the mall? Where do you go? I need some tips. Does it freak you out just thinking about it? Holiday shoppers at the mall freak me out. Something about that crazy eyed look people get when they want to find the best Black Friday deal ever. They probably just need a snack.
So once you’ve got your big dried fruit mound, smoosh in some roasted hazelnuts, sliced almonds, and oats. Grab a little bit of the mixture and form it into little balls by rolling it around in your hands. Once you’ve made a nice round ball, roll it around in some finely shredded coconut. Get the kidlets involved. Get the neighbor’s kidlets involved. Show them that making healthy snacks can be fun and tasty at the same time.
Is anyone else getting hungry? I think it’s time for a snack.Print
A quick and healthy snack choice that is loaded with dried fruit and nuts. Perfect for those in-between meal snack cravings!
- 3/4 cup sun-dried calimyrna figs, stems removed
- 3/4 cup dried apricots
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 3/4 cup dried blueberries
- 3/4 cups dried apple & pear peels (saved from the galette recipe), or you can use these dried apple and pear pieces
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup honey, or agave or maple syrup for a vegan option
- 3/4 cup whole roasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup gluten free rolled oats, or oat of your choice
- 1/3 cup unsweetened fine shredded coconut
- Combine the figs, apricots, raisins, blueberries, cranberries, apple and pear peels, and honey in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break it all up and then process continuously until it’s all broken down. You may need to scrape the edges of the bowl a few times to get it to fully process until the ingredients clump together and form into a ball.
- Remove dried fruit ball from the food processor and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the hazelnuts, almonds, and oats to the fruit by squishing it in to the mound with a metal spoon or just by getting your hands messy and mixing it together by hand.
- Shape the mixture into small balls by taking a little bit of the mixture at a time and rolling it into shape in the palms of your hands. Then roll in shredded coconut.
- Enjoy an energy bite snack!
Storage: These energy bites can be stored in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. I prefer to store and eat them at room-temp which is fine as well!
Shopping note: If you have a Costco near you, they carry many of dried fruit ingredients needed for these energy bites, including the calimyrna figs, apricots, raisins, etc.
Nutritional information does not include the shredded coconut since this will vary by how much you roll each energy bite in it or if you choose to exclude it altogether.