April. Let’s do this.
After all, spring is here and it’s time to celebrate the shift in seasons. April is as transitional and energetic as it gets, especially in Colorado. Although the mountains are still covered in wet, heavy snow, Denver is on the verge of bloom. In the next few weeks, trees will give way to little green buds, grasses will start to sprout, and daffodils will appear from small patches of soil. Nature will slowly reveals what’s been hiding all winter long — life that’s been growing beneath the muddy surface.
In the spirit of transition and spending more time outside, let’s talk about this picnic snack. These strawberry coconut energy bites are easy to whip up, made from pantry staples, and are nourishing for life on the go. They’re also loved by picky eaters. The strawberry flavor shines through, and the dates make them soft and chewy. These bites are gluten-free and vegan.
Dates: Dates are a fruit, filled with potassium, slow-digesting carbohydrates, and fiber. They’re nature’s candy. An unrefined sugar, they add a delicious sweetness to these energy bites. They also help bind the ingredients.
Nuts: A source of health fats, the cashews and almonds aid in satiation and regulating blood sugar. They also provide a crunchy texture.
Freeze-dried strawberries: Freeze-drying strawberries helps preserve nutrients and flavor. Without adding any artificial coloring or ingredients, freeze-dried strawberries provide a natural alternative to strawberry flavoring.
Shredded coconut: Another source of nourishing fats, shredded coconut is naturally sweet and rich in fiber.
Chia seeds: Chia seeds contain fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high-quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants. They may improve digestive health and lower risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
Strawberry Coconut Energy Bites
- 7-8 dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon water (see notes below)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- In your food processor, add your cashews and almonds and pulse until they resemble a coarse-like sand.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients, except the water. Pulse until the ingredients are well-combined (about 1-2 minutes).
- . If the mixture feels too dry (it should stick together when you press it between your fingers), add in one tablespoon of water. Pulse until evenly distributed. If the mixture forms a dough ball, great! Your energy bites will be chewy and smooth. If it doesn’t form into a dough ball, your bites will have more texture. They’re delicious either way.
- Scoop out one tablespoon of the mixture, roll into balls, and stick in the fridge for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
- These will keep, in the fridge, for up to five days. They can also be eaten on the go, unrefrigerated.