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Vanilla Apricot Almond Bites

Posted by on Mar 19, 2017 in Breakfast, Featured, Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Snacks, Sweet Treats | 0 comments

Elizabeth Finch

 

You all already know I’m a fan of healthy + delicious homemade snack bites.

So I’ll keep this pretty brief and get right to the recipe.

Why do I love homemade protein snack bites? Because they’re a breeze to make, and no matter what you put in them (well, almost…), they’re going to turn out delicious.

You can seriously use whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruits and other ingredients that you have on hand in your pantry, and please don’t ever be afraid to make substitutions with my recipes if you don’t have a particular ingredient on hand.

Finally, bites like these are SO nutrient dense and are loaded with good fats and protein from the nuts and seeds. I love sneaking as many healthy omega-3 fats into my daughters’ diets (as well as mine and my husband’s!) as possible. This is a delicious way to do that.

I almost always go with a chocolate-based protein bite, but when I discovered the dried apricots in my pantry a week ago, I could immediately imagine how these would come out when I mixed them with some almonds and vanilla extract. The walnuts add different nutrients (it’s good to mix up the nutrient profile), as do the sesame seeds, but again, please feel free to make substitutions with the nuts and seeds you have on hand.

You’re going to love them!

VANILLA APRICOT ALMOND BITES

Makes 10 bites

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup of raw walnuts
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots (unsweetened)
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder (I used USANA’s MySmartShake Whey Protein Booster)
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds (or any other seed)

DIRECTIONS:

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until it all starts to come together in a mixture, leaving chunkier pieces if desired. You will want the mixture to be somewhat tacky in order for it to come together and be able to roll it into bites. Add 1 tablespoon of warm water and process, again checking the consistency to see if the mixture is tacky enough to roll into bites that will adhere.

Roll the mixture into 10 uniform-size bites. Place the bites into a parchment paper lined container and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set up. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Enjoy!

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