Cherry Almond Bites
It is is so easy to make a healthy energy bar – seconds, really – as long as you have a food processor and some dried fruit and nuts, and optional nut butter, in your pantry.
Seriously. Gluten-free. No cooking, baking or chilling time.
This particular combination reminds me of cookie dough – it has richness from the nut butter, popular cookie mix-ins of nuts and dried fruit, and oatmeal. I have also made this with pecans and cherries, as well as dried apricots and dates.
Cacao nibs are essentially chocolate in their most natural, unsweetened form, so they are quite bitter. I love that taste, but you can absolutely leave these out, or swap them with some mini chocolate chips, which are also great in these (I have used these as well).
What I love about these bites is that you use whatever you have (and like), whip them up, and then you can nibble when you need a boost. We found ourselves eating these as a healthy dessert, then grabbing them for a quick breakfast on the run, and then for a late afternoon snack.
This snack tastes like cookie dough - a great high-protein, high-fibre snack, thanks to the fruit and nuts. This is a great snack for a quick pick-me-up, hiking, camping, or as an on-the-run breakfast.
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1 cup oats, such as large flake or rolled, gluten free if needed (not instant or steel cut)
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Combine everything in a food processor bowl. Initially, everything will chop itself up, and then the mixture will take on the texture of cookie dough, leaving the sides of the bowl.
- When it becomes a dough, remove dough by the tablespoon, and roll into balls.
- When all of the balls are completed, they are ready to eat.
- Keep tightly sealed at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Feel free to mix this up, swapping out other nuts, fruit, nut butters. The cacao nibs can be exchanged for mini chocolate chips (dark, bitter or semi sweet) or left out altogether.