Cherry Pie Energy Bites

For the past week I've been playing around in the kitchen with different recipes and especially ones for snacks. I'm always so hungry by the end of my 10 hour work shift and normally don't like to eat a big meal before going for my evening run. AAAnd I also really don't like going for a run with my stomach growling. 

I made these energy bites with the intention of not only as a pre and post workout snack, but also as a snack at work, and to keep my sweet tooth in check--hence, the cherry pie flavors! Dessert is always a yes in my book. These little babies have also been a hit with my sister and boyfriend (my official taste testers).  What I also liked about these was they're packed them with healthy fats, plant based protein, and have some subtle sweetness to them. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup vanilla hemp protein powder (or any other one you want to use)

Directions: 

  1. Add the cashews to the bottom of the processor so that the blade gets to these first.
  2. Next add the hemp protein powder, olive oil, 1/4 cup oats, and then cherries to processor. I like to keep them in this order that way, the dry ingredients don't start sticking and flying to the top of the processor.
  3. You may have to stop a few times when your mixture looks like this: 
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But don't worry! You're getting close to the finished product! You may also need to scrape the sides a couple of times until it all starts to look smoother.

4.  I like scraping the mixture onto a cutting board and fold in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Then I start separating them into 7-8 small pieces. 

5. I then take the pieces and form them into spheres. Once this is done, I place them on a plate or in a plastic container and let them sit in the fridge for about 5 mins to harden up. And then I eat! 

You're finished cherry pie bites should look like this:

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Ways I like to enjoy these are: with a dab of peanut butter almond butter or dollop of greek yogurt, broken up into pieces as a topping greek yogurt,  or as is.

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I've always seen this all over the place on the blogsphere and am kicking myself on why I haven't made my version of them sooner. They're super easy, simple, real ingredients, and tasty snacks to take with me on the go.

Let's shine,

Starla