When hunger strikes, what do you reach for? Unfortunately, processed snacks like candy, chips, and fried foods are the convenient option. They’re quick, cheap, and all around us. But, these snacks are so processed that they give our body a quick bust of energy followed by a crash. Eating foods like these during your day might cause you to overeat to constantly feel satisfied and have energy, leading you to not feel so good and possibly gain wait.
It might be worth putting in some extra time to have some energy-boosting snacks to have around and ready. I love having healthy options on hand to grab before a workout or to keep my hunger in check between meals. Sometimes three meals each day just isn’t enough and my body needs some extra fuel to get through the day.
These energy bites only take a few minutes to throw together and your food processor does all of the work!
Made with sesame in both the seeds and tahini, these are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Plus, sesame is a nutrition powerhouse! Packed with minerals like copper, magnesium, calcium, and zinc, sesame might help to keep your bones and blood vessels strong and healthy. Sesame seeds are also high in phytosterols, plant compounds that can help reduce cholesterol! Health benefits aside, the nutty crunch of sesame adds a delicious touch to these energy bites.
- 1 ½ cups (200g) pitted dates (soaked in warm water and drained)
- ¼ cup (35g) almonds
- ¼ cup (35g) cashews
- 3 tbsp (45g) tahini
- ¼ cup (60g) quick oats
- ⅛ tsp each: ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg
- ¼ cup (30g) roasted sesame seeds
- Soak dates in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain.
- Place drained dates in a food processor. Pulse until dates are broken up.
- Add almonds, cashews, tahini, oats, and spices. Blend until a thick, sticky dough forms.
- Transfer dough to the refrigerator, and let set for 30 minutes.
- Once dough is cool, scoop into 16 balls, heaping tablespoons, or 25g each. With wet hands, roll into balls, compressing the batter together.
- Roll balls in the sesame seeds in a shallow dish. Again, with the palms of your hands gently press the seeds into the balls to stick.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
Nutrition Information (per 1 ball)
100 calories, 4g fat, 15g carb, 2g fiber, 2 g protein.