TRAIL MIX ENERGY BITES

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I ran in a 5K this morning, and I wanted to reward myself with something sweet!  With me not eating sugar and many other ingredients that normally go into baked goods, it’s never easy for me to find cookie/sweets recipes that I can have.  Today, I REALLY wanted something, so I went onto Pinterest, and I got creative.  The pin that I found was this one:

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I had made these before, and they are fantastic exactly as the recipe is, but today, I decided to get a little more creative, and I’m so glad that I did, because the result was SO yummy!  I still had some oven dried strawberries left over from the last time that I made them, and I also remembered how good the trail mix was that I made with these strawberries, so I went from there.

I wasn’t sure what to call these, but I settled on “trail mix energy bites”.  The “trail mix” part is self-explanatory when you see the ingredients, and the “energy bites” part comes from the coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut flour — all of these ingredients will give you a nice healthy boost of energy.  Every single ingredient in these little balls of delight is good for you, so even though you feel like you are eating a cookie, you don’t have to feel bad about putting it in your body!  I did, however, have to make sure not to eat the whole batch – yes, they are that good!

Another plus is that you can whip these up in a matter of about 15 minutes (though you do have to chill them for a while after making them)!  There is no baking involved, and they are SO easy to make!  So, without further ado, here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (1/4 cup in the cookies, and 1/4 cup to roll the balls)
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews
  • 1/3 cup roasted almonds
  • 1/3 cup dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • stevia to taste (You could also use honey (about 1 Tbsp), but honey is still a sugar, so I opted for stevia

Directions:

1.) Put the cashews, almonds, and dried strawberries into a food processor and pulse till chopped.

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2.) Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor.

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3.) Blend on high till the mixture starts to form a ball.

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4.) Form balls with the batter, and roll each one in unsweetened shredded coconut till coated.

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5.) Once you have used all the batter, place balls in an airtight container and put in the fridge for at least an hour before eating.  Store in the fridge.

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Enjoy! 🙂

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