Do you have the balls to create your own easy, all-natural, make-ahead snack? (Sorry, I had to. I’ve seen the SNL Alec Baldwin skit one too many times.) If so, these energy bites are for you.
I’m coming at you this week with yet another resolution-friendly recipe that your whole family will love. These delicious apricot almond energy bites are kiddo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free and satisfying. The almond butter gives them some staying power while the apricot adds a bright, fruity flavor.
Best of all, these come together in a flash using just a food processor; no fancy equipment required.
Since it’s still January, I know many of us are focused on fresh starts and new goals for the new year. What are some of your (perhaps non-fitness related) goals for 2018?
One of mine is to be more present and spend more time doing what brings me joy. I’m going to try to genuinely get away from my phone when I am taking time off. It seems these days my inbox is a never-ending flurry of work e-mails, and while I try to be prompt in responding, I know it takes a toll to never really be able to disconnect. E-mail gives me a lot of anxiety (what to say, how to say it, stressing about potential typos or looking stupid, etc.). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve agonized over a three sentence e-mail for 45 minutes.
Of course we all need to do our jobs, but if it is a weekend or a holiday, I plan on making a conscious effort to respond during business hours unless it is an emergency.
One of the places I feel most present and connected with myself if the kitchen. To that end, I plan on spending a lot more time in the kitchen in 2018! I can’t wait to spend the year testing recipes and sharing my favorites with you all. That is one of the reasons I adore blogging so much: it gets me in the kitchen, and helps me to connect with new people.
As Rhonda Byrne (author of “The Secret”) said in “Hero,” it’s so important to “follow your bliss.” I plan on making this a mantra for 2018. And these energy bites are part of my bliss.
I’d love to hear your mental-health or non-fitness related goals for 2018!
This recipe is adapted from Well Plated.
- 1 cup dried apricots (about 6 oz.)
- 3/4 cup pitted medjool dates (about 4 oz.)
- 3/4 cup gluten-free oats (I like Trader Joes’ brand)
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 2 tbsp agave
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Optional toppings: flaked coconut, chopped almonds, or flaxseed
- Add apricots, dates, oats, ground flaxseed, agave, and lemon juice to a food processor.
- Process for 4-5 minutes or until all of the dried fruit is processed to a paste consistency.
- Take a spoonful of the batter and roll into a ball. Repeat until all of the batter has been shaped into energy balls.
- Place toppings (i.e., coconut, nuts, or additional flaxseed) into shallow bowls and roll the energy balls in the toppings.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Keeps fresh for 4-5 days.