peanut butter cranberry energy bites

I found a great snack recipe from a sweet pea chef  that is full of good-for-you ingredients (like peanut butter…one of my personal favs!), and perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up or to give you a boost of energy during a long run (which is exactly how I used it this morning, and it was great!).  I modified the original recipe just a bit, but no matter what version you choose — you should have no guilt in enjoying this no bake snack :).  let me know if you try it.

peanut butter cranberry energy bites

(modified from a sweet pea chef, no bake chocolate peanut butter energy balls)

peanut butter cranberry energy bites (modified) via a sweet pea chef

ingredients

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds*
  • ⅔ cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon (or more pending on your love for cinnamon)
  • agave or honey for extra sweetness

instructions (via a sweet pea chef)

  1. add the dates to the food processor or heavy-duty blender and process until they’re small pieces or they form a ball. make sure they’re pitted before adding them to the food processor!
  2. next, add in the peanut butter, dried cranberries, hemp seeds, old fashioned oats, and ground cinnamon and process until combined. (*note: regarding the hemp seeds, I think I would increase this to 2 Tbsp next time – just due their nutritional profile)
  3. check the mixture – you want there to be consistently small pieces but not have it be overly processed. (note: I drizzled just a little agave for extra sweetness during this step)
  4. carefully grab a small handful and roll into about 1-inch balls, using the warmth of your hands to mold them together. (note: depending on how small you want these to be, you can make 12-15 bites, but I wanted mine a bit larger so I got 10 bites)
  5. no need to bake these – just pop them in fridge or freezer for about 15 minutes to set.  these will keep fresh in an air-tight container for up to a week or you could freeze for longer.

nutritional profile for one (1) pb & cranberry energy bite:

  • calories: 99
  • fat: 4 grams (g)
  • carbs: 11.2 (g)
  • fiber: 1.8 (g)
  • sugar: 9.2 (g)
  • protein: 2.6  (g)

also try the dark chocolate cherry energy bite version from a sweet pea chef


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