This flavor of energy bite is one of my favorites to make; they taste just like one of this Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and a little like the batter of a raw brownie.
Normally, at the start of the week, I will make a big batch and keep them in the freezer so they last a bit longer and always there when the craving hits. They are really rich and chocolate-y tasting and the perfect texture. Personally I love these after dinner before I go to bed or during the time of the month when all you can think about is chocolate. For that reason, I do not add in any added sugar in these bites, but if you need them to be a little sweeter; maple syrup or dates would be the best. I fill them with raw cacao, chia seeds, peppermint walnuts, oats, almond butter, and a few other things that are all so good for you!
During that time I tend to crave a little bit of sugar, but making these bites helps with that since they have enough flavor from the spices and the raw cacao. Plus they are filled with healthy fats, a little protein and fiber to keep me full and satisfied. All you need is a blender and a few ingredients for these….
Here is the recipe!
Total time: 10 minutes
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 shredded coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw cacao powder or favorite chocolate protein powder
3 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tbsp. peppermint extract
3 tbsp. cacao nibs or dairy free chocolate chips
3 tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
dash of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup nut butter (almond or cashew works best)
1/4 cup or less sweetener of choice (maple syrup) OR 5-6 pitted dates
In your food processor add the walnuts, oats, cacao powder, shredded coconut flakes, cinnamon, sea salt, chia seeds. Pulse until combined.
Next, add in 3 tbsp. vanilla almond milk, peppermint extract, nut butter of choice (start with 1/4 cup), cacao nibs. Pulse until a dough like consistency is formed. Taste test, if you feel that you need to add in sweetener, add it in here. Pulse again until dough like consistency is formed.
If the dough is dry, start by adding in another 1/4 cup nut butter or start with a tbsp. of either almond milk or sweetener. Pulse.
Roll into balls. Roll into cacao powder or shredded coconut flakes
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for longer!