Nuts and dates are a great combination. Dates deliver a wonderful natural sweetness and are high in fiber, potassium, iron, and antioxidant flavonoids beneficial in preventing a variety of chronic diseases. Nuts are a good source of healthy fats, protein, and many vitamins and minerals. With a rich almond flavor, this recipe makes a delicious, energizing snack.
Servings: 25 bites
- ½ cup almond butter
- ⅓ cup honey, local if possible
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
- ½ cup flax meal
- ½ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup tightly packed and pitted medjool dates*
- Stir together almond butter, honey, and vanilla until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
- Scoop into tablespoon-sized chunks and pack into balls.
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
* Dates should be well packed into a measuring cup. If your dates are very dry and firm, soak in water for 30 minutes and then drain before using.
120 calories; 7 g fat; 13 g carbs; 2 g dietary fiber; 3 g protein
Customize this recipe for your goals
- If your goal is to stay active, add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. These tiny seeds are loaded with protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids to stabilize energy and reduce inflammation.
- If your goal is to destress, swap vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cinnamon is the powerhouse of spices with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting properties. It can also help support mood and overall wellness.
- If your goal is to maximize performance, research shows it’s important to spread your protein intake out throughout the day to optimize muscle recovery and improve performance. If this is your goal, swap ⅓ a cup of oats for ⅓ a cup of vanilla whey protein powder to increase the protein in each bite.
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