I make energy balls (or bites) very frequently. They make perfectly portable and healthy snacks! I stuff a bunch in a container and stick them in my lunch bag to eat throughout the day.
I began by making my own granola bars because granola bars (or otherwise termed protein or energy bars) are expensive and often times like eating a candy bar. I enjoy being able to add whatever combination of ingredients together and shaping them into little bites. I generally have my go-to combinations, but the other day I was looking for something a little different and stumbled upon this recipe for a carrot energy bite.
Ingredients (for a double batch):
- 2/3 cup almonds
- 1 cup dates
- 2 cups grated orange carrots (I’m pretty sure I did not do that much. I really tried to follow the recipe, but I didn’t have the patience to grate the carrots and I used 3 or 4 whole carrots)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2/3 cup coconut flakes ( I did slightly less because I’m not a huge coconut fan)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The verdict: I found them to be very, very sweet the first day, and slightly less overwhelmingly sweet when I tried them again the next day. Next time I make this recipe, I would start with coined carrots in the food processor and ensure I have the 2 cups the recipe calls for. The recipe also called for other color carrots, as desired. That would make a nice addition next time. I would then take out the carrots and blend the oats and almonds and then add in the dates. I would probably add additional nuts and oats to make the batter less moist and balance out the sweetness.
I will probably try this recipe again!