Spring has officially arrived. (Can I get an AMEN!) And while I'm super excited for the berries, peaches, and watermelon that come with the warmer months, apples remain a staple in my fridge year-round. I love to eat them raw for that perfect crunch, but let's be honest, a piece of apple cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream doesn't sound half bad either. That's where these energy bites come in. They hit all the flavor notes of a decadent apple dessert, but instead of the added sugar and refined carbs, they're packed with healthy fat, protein, and fiber. In fact, I personally like to keep the skin on the apples for texture and the extra fiber, but you do you!
INGREDIENTS: (makes 24 bites)
- 2 medium Pink Lady apples (Honey Crisp, Gala, and Fiji also work)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 4 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cut apples into small dice. Coat in 1 tsp cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes, or until apples are tender.
- In a food processor, pulse walnuts and almonds until they are chopped, but stop before they turn into a powder. Empty food processor and reserve nuts for later.
- Blend roasted apples, dates, salt, ground ginger, and rest of cinnamon until they form a paste.
- Add in nuts and oats, and blend.
- Form mixture into balls.
- Roll in coconut flakes to coat.
- Freeze for 2-4 hours for balls to set and keep in fridge until serving.
Just like my other energy bites, these are vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and have zero added sugars.