More and more of us are wanting quick and convenient breakfast and snack options, yet don’t want to succumb to eating processed bars full of vegetable oils and preservatives. Many people are opting to make their own nut and fruit bars or balls. This recipe requires no cooking, just a food processor and your hands to roll them up.
Let’s point out one thing: dates have a lot of sugar — roughly 20 grams of sugar per 1 medjool date. Twenty grams of sugar equates to roughly 5 teaspoons of sugar. So, while these little bites are a better choice than a candy bar (more nutrients, less artificial ingredients), sugar is sugar. If you’re having one or two for breakfast, pair it with a few hard-boiled eggs. If you find yourself drawn to the candy machine at 3PM, toss a few bites into your lunch box to curb those cravings.
Kids will love these bites, and they will probably enjoy rolling them up with you in the kitchen. Vary up the toppings and see what you like — you can roll them in coconut flakes or cocoa powder, or even add high quality protein powder. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container and enjoy throughout the week!
Apple Cinnamon Granola Bites Recipe
Protein: 7g / %
Carbs: 31g / %
Fat: 20g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1/2 cup apple, grated;
- 1/2 cup raw pecans;
- 1/2 cup raw almonds;
- 10 medjool dates, pitted;
- 1/2 cup almond butter;
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes;
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon;
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract;
- Pulse the pecans and almonds in a food processor until grounded, then place in a large bowl.
- Process the dates in the food processor until the dates turn into a soft paste; you might need to add 1 or 2 tbsp. of water to help the process.
- Add the date paste to the nuts and combine all the remaining ingredients. Stir until well combined.
- Scoop the mixture into tablespoon-sized portions and squeeze together to form a ball, repeat until the remaining mixture is used.
- Refrigerate for an hour or two, then serve.