Paleo Coffee Energy Bites

Coffee Energy Bites

Coffee Energy Bites

 

This recipe title describes my life lately: daily coffee, to sustain my energy, and only able to eat in small bites throughout the day. Moving with a baby during the holidays is one intelligent decision.

 

Now that I live in the same city as my sister, I go over to her place much more often. She’s been keeping these yummy little almond, date, coconut & lime balls in her fridge for quick breakfasts, and I’ve grabbed a couple for a snack.

 

Since that recipe has already been created, I wanted to make a version of the classic date energy ball that I haven’t seen before. This recipe is perfect for a busy morning where you simply don’t have time for your typical protein and veggies. It happens to the best of us. If you want to add protein, I suggest a few scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides

 

Did you know Vital Proteins also added these neat little Collagen Peptide Sticks to their product line?

They do use individual packaging which isn’t the most environmentally conscious, but if you’re like me and travel with your collagen everywhere you go, they are definitely convenient and can fit in an overall responsible lifestyle. I usually put collagen in a plastic bag or small container when I travel but the problem is that traveling with a white powdery substance in your purse on an airplane is probably not going to fly (literally). I would prefer individual packaging over being searched by the feds while stating in panic, “I’m just trying to maintain gut health while traveling for leisurely pursuits!!”

 

Notes About The Recipe

  • You can find unsweetened banana chips HERE that contain just bananas and coconut oil.

  • Feel free to use any nut of your choice but a stronger tasting nut like a pistachio or pecan will definitely change the taste of the bar. 

  • You can use whole coffee beans for larger pieces of coffee and a less coffee taste overall, or you can use finely ground coffee to more evenly disperse the taste of the coffee throughout the bar. Or experiment both ways and decide which you prefer!

  • You can make these nut-free by subbing in an additional 1/2 cup each shredded coconut and banana chips for the 1 cup of nuts. 

 

 

Paleo Coffee Energy Bites

Preparation 0:10 2017-03-26T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 0:00 2017-03-26T00:00:00+00:00 Serves 12 squares     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried banana chips (unsweetened, if possible)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, almonds, or pecans 
  • 2 tablespoons whole coffee beans or 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Instructions

 

In a food processor, blend the pitted dates until finely processed. Add in remaining ingredients and process until a sticky mixture forms. Press the mixture into a parchment-lined dish using wet hands. The size of the dish will determine how thick the bars are. I used a container about 5''x8'' large. Refrigerate for a few hours before slicing into squares. Store in refrigerator.

 

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