lemon coco energy bites

Quick snacks and healthy fuel is essential when you are on the go. 

For the record, this is both toddler and husband approved. 

Over the years I have bought all sorts of different brands of bars and tried some of my own. Of all the recipes I've tried, these are one of our favourites. I made a couple tweaks to make these super fresh and light tasting this time around. I suppose my hope was that yummy light food might actually usher in some warmer weather here in southwestern Ontario... 

These LEMON COCO ENERGY BITES take under 10 minutes to assemble. It's awesome if you can make a bigger batch since these are the perfect snack for the whole family or make a nice little treat after your meal. 

Ingredients: This will make about 12 bit sized pieces, but feel free to increase the amounts for a bigger batch. You can keep some in the freezer to pull out later too. 

  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 6 dates {soaked + pits taken out}
  • 1 TSP cinnamon 
  • Dash of nutmeg 
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 4 drops Young Living lemon essential oil OR zest of a lemon would work too

Method: 

  1. Add your dates to water and let soak for at least 10-15 minutes. 
  2. Option: soak your almonds overnight {helps to remove enzyme inhibitors and actually increases some vitamins as well as makes them easier to digest}
  3. Add your almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon nutmeg and sea salt to your food processor. Pulse for a couple of minutes until it is finely ground. 
  4. Add the lemon essential oil or the zest of your lemon and the dates. Pulse until everything is well combined and you will likely have to scrape down the sides a few times. 
  5. Take your mixture and press into a glass/ceramic pan. 
  6. I like to sprinkle a bit more coconut and cinnamon on top. Then cover and place in the freezer to let set. 

After they have set I will cut them then portion out and leave in the fridge for easy access. If you make a bigger batch, portion then cover and put back in the freezer. 

Larabar is one of the kids favourite brands and this makes a great replacement. As always play around with the ingredients for various flavours and to amp up the nutrient content. Another flavour combo that we love are sunflower seed butter with a bit of raw cacao powder and cacao nibs.

I was craving a late night snack last week so I took one of these bites and slopped some almond butter all over one of these little babies. It was the best idea. 

It's amazing how easy it is to make simple swaps for store bought foods that are easy to make in your own kitchen. 

Have the best day and I promise... I really am going to share Roman's birth story... soon.

The Prince {as he has been dubbed} is turning 1 next week - pinch me! We have some birthday celebrations this weekend and I can't wait.


Happy weekend! 

N xo 

 

 

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