I have a confession: I snack. A lot. Pretty much all day. My go-to snacks are usually nuts; cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts. I carry a baggie with me just in case I get hungry while I’m out, and then I’m less likely to grab something that’s not so good.
Nuts are a quick fix, but you do have to watch quantity, as they are high in fat (the good kind though!). This recipe for Almond Date Bites is super quick to whip up, they keep in the refrigerator for about 5 days (if you don’t eat them all at once) and are a great source of sustaining energy. The formulation is a compilation of a couple of different recipes that I’ve tweaked to my liking. Ingredients get added and removed depending on my mood and what’s on hand.
Almond Date Bites
1 cup raw almonds
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tbsp. cacao nibs
Pulse almonds in a food processor until they are between a medium and fine meal. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, dates, almond butter, and cacao nibs. Process everything together until mixed thoroughly – it should stick together when you press it. Add more almond butter if it’s too dry.
You can measure out tablespoons, but I usually just grab a portion and roll it between my hands to form a ball. (Lightly wet your hands first and the mixture won’t stick too much!)
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Note: I’ve also added coconut flakes and/or a dash of cayenne pepper for a little spice 🙂
These babies are sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan.