“Energy bites” are simply small bite-sized snacks comprised of high-protein ingredients. Like protein bars, except not in bar form. As long as you have some piece of kitchen equipment that can mince the ingredients together finely, these are very easy to make.
Mine are a little excessively chunky because I was experimenting with making them in a tiny Aldi food chopper. It worked tolerably, but not fabulously. I’m out of nuts so I haven’t been able to try them again in something different.
You can play around with this a little. The nuts don’t have to be walnuts. The dates are necessary, not only for sweetening, but also for holding everything together, but you can try other “sticky” fruits like raisins or dried figs.
- 1/2 c. walnuts
- heaping 1/2 c. pitted dates
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/16 tsp. salt
- Combine everything in a food processor or similar machine, and pulse until everything is minced and well-combined. If necessary, chill it a little to harden it some. (You might not need to.) Form into balls about an inch or an inch-and-a-half in diameter and refrigerate to firm up.
You can be a bit flexible with this recipe. Other nuts will also work in place of the walnuts. (Although keep in mind some are drier/less oily.) You can substitute other "sticky" fruits for the dates, too -- like raisins or dried figs -- but they may not be as sweet.